Okavango Delta Watershed
Okavango Delta Watershed
Use these ideas to explore the watershed of the Okavango Delta with students.
6 - 8
Earth Science, Geology, Geography, Physical Geography
Map designed and created by National Geographic Magazine
The "Lifeline to a Desert Delta" map offers students a study of the complexities of the watershed of the Okavango Delta in Africa. The Into The Okavango movie trailer will transport students to this unique region as they are introduced to the diverse team of scientists and National Geographic Explorers charged with surveying and protecting the river system. Use these ideas and Okavango Wilderness Project resources to help students discover ways to investigate and engage in watershed ecology, conservation research, and global geographic concepts.
Use this encyclopedic entry on deltas to compile a list of the various types of deltas—and the qualifications for each—for students to review. Then have students use the "Lifeline to a Desert Delta" map and their own research to identify and describe the classification that best fits the Okavango Delta. Students should determine that it is an inland delta.
Then, have students use the map to learn more about the dynamic freshwater system in this delta and watch the video "Sand to Source" for a richer understanding of an Okavango Delta expedition. As a class, briefly discuss the video and ask students to write a journal response to the questions: What do you think is the number one reason that conservation of freshwater in the Okavango Delta is important? Why?
Next, direct students to study the map and read about the Okavango Source Lakes Survey. Instruct students to reread their journal entry then either elaborate on or revise their view based on the new information.
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January 5, 2023
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