Web Quest


Human Population WebQuest

"Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we posses. What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victim." 
                                                                        --Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Read the information provided and follow the links to answer the questions on your separate answer sheet.


 Click here:   http://www.census.gov/popclock/

  1. What is the exact time right now?
  2. What is the U.S. population right now?


    Click here: http://www.demographia.com/db-2000stater.htm

  3. Where is Tennessee ranked among state populations?
  4. What percent of people in the US live in Tennessee? 


    Click here: http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/most-populous-countries.html                                



  5. Where does the US rank among the nations of the world in terms of population?

    Click here:  http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/life-expectancy-country.html



  6. Where does the US rank for life expectancy at birth? 
  7. What is the life expectancy at birth in the US? 
  8. Which country has the highest life expectancy at birth and which has the lowest?

    Click here:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/numbers.html

    Then click on “Launch Interactive.”  Look at the “Human numbers through the Time” by clicking on “next.”


  9. What places in the world did the human population appear to start according to this map?
  10. What was the world population 2,000 years ago?
  11. How much did the population grow in 1,000 years (from 0 AD to 1,000 AD)?
  12. When do you first see people come to the United States?
  13. What was the world’s population in 1974?
  14. How long did it take to add 2 billion more people to the population?  Why is it taking so much less time to increase the population now, than it did 2,000 years ago? 
  15. What is the expected world population in 2050?


Go to www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock  to answer the following questions.


16.  Excluding abortions, what is the number one cause of death? How can it be prevented?

17.   What is a communicable disease? What is the most deadly communicable disease?

18.   What is the most dangerous activity that many of us do everyday?

19.   Write down the name of a disease you have never heard of before and research it.



20. Which threat is related to the increasing amount of CO2 released in to the atmosphere?

21. Has the Earth ever been much colder or much warmer than it is today? Explain!

22. How much CO2 is emitted into the air every ten seconds?

23. What human activities cause CO2 to be released into the atmosphere?

24. What is the approximate percentage of lost forested area that is replanted?

25. How does the loss of forest contribute to global warming?



26. Approximately how many barrels of oil have been pumped out of the Earth this year?

27. How many more years can we expect to have available oil at this rate of consumption?

28.Number these sources of electrical power from greatest (1) to least (4).

Hydroelectric         Nuclear                   Thermal                   Renewable

29. What does renewable energy mean? List two forms of renewable energy.



30. Which animal is most commonly eaten in the world?

31. How many cow are killed every ten seconds?

32. Number these worldwide sources of livestock from greatest (1) to least (4).

Duck                          Goose                                     Turkey                      Goat

33. Number these worldwide sources of food from greatest (1) to least (4).

Milk                           Vegetables               Cereal                        Sugar


Go back to the US population data:  http://www.census.gov/popclock/

34. What is the exact time right now?

35. How many minutes have elapsed since you answered question # 2?

36. What is the US population right now?

37. What was the gain in US population while you have been working on this activity?

38. What has been the gain in population per minute over the activity? Show your work.

39. What was the population gain per second over this activity?

40. How does this compare with the stated gain per second on the census web site?



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