HS-LS4-5: Environmental Change - Speciation and Extinction
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species. (Cause and Effect)
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on determining cause and effect relationships for how changes to the environment such as deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, and the rate of change of the environment affect distribution or disappearance of traits in species.
Assessment Boundary: none
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Environmental change (e.g. deforestation, fishing, application of fertilizers, drought, flood, rate)
Cause and Effect
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