MS-LS2-5: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Solutions

Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. (Stability and Change)

Clarification Statement: Examples of ecosystem services could include water purification, nutrient recycling, and prevention of soil erosion. Examples of design solution constraints could include scientific, economic, and social considerations.

Assessment Boundary: none


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Biodiversity (i.e. variety of species in an ecosystem)
Ecosystem services (e.g. water purification, nutrient recycling, prevention of soil erosion)
Design solution
Stability and change


Learning Plans


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