Human actions often have a negative effect on their surroundings. Sometimes these effects are large scale and disastrous, other times they are less obvious. The purpose of this project is to examine the causes and effects of large-scale environmental catastrophes. It is important to keep in mind that not all such incidents are accidental: in many cases, deliberate actions led to unforeseen consequences.

You will be partnered with another class member, your task is to follow the procedure outlined below to create a presentation on your specific topic.


    • Choose a partner
    • Choose a disaster
    • Research the disaster
    • Submit a link to Mr. Stutz about your disaster (submit link here)
    • Prepare a two-page report and oral presentation on the human and environmental causes and effects
    • Make a model of the disaster
    • Present, show the model, and hand in report


    • Wednesdays, December 8 and 15: Research 
    • Weeks of December 6 and 13, January 10-12: Preparation
    • Beginning January 13: Presentations


Follow this link for the paper grading scale and this one for the presentation grading scale


Each partner is responsible for the entire presentation. You know the assignment, you know the timeline, you will know when the presentations are due. If a partner is absent, it is his/her responsibility to get the necessary materials to school on time and it is the other partner's responsibility to carry on alone.

Disasters (choose one)

  • 3 Mile Island
  • African Desertification
  • Aral Sea
  • Aswan Dam
  • Bangladesh Floods
  • Bhopal/Union Carbide
  • Bikini Atoll
  • Chernobyl
  • Dust Bowl
  • Eastern Europe pollution
  • Exxon Valdez
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki 
  • Kuwaiti Oil Wells
  • Love Canal
  • Mississippi River Floods
  • PCB in the Great Lakes
  • Rexford, Idaho/Teton Dam
  • Savannah River Power Plant
  • Times Beach
  • Yangtze Dam
  • Any others (with instructor permission) 

Here are the links students gathered...