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Lesson 5: Mystery of the Dancing Cat: Biomagnification


This lesson continues on the topic of ecological impacts of hazardous waste and focuses specifically on the process of biomagnification. Students will read a case study about mercury poisoning in Minimata, Japan. Students will construct a food web diagram of a Minimata Bay ecosystem and then they will create a graph of mercury concentrations versus food chain position. This lesson also incorporates the idea of environmental justice.