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Name:KianaAlo:

Period:4

CreatinganErosionProofBeachLab

Question:HowcanwecreatethemosterosionproofbeachinWaikikiinorderto
protectourhistoricbeaches?

Introduction

Independent
Variable
(WhatIchange)
Themethodto
protectthebeach

Dependent
Variable(WhatI
Observe)
Howitaffectsthe
beach

ControlledVariables
(WhatIKeeptheSame)

Howcanwe
sameamountof
createthemost
sand
erosionproof
sameamountof
beachin
water
Waikikiinorder
samecontainer
toprotectour
historic
beaches?

Purpose:
Tolearnthebestwaytoprotectourbeachesfromerosion.

Hypothesis:Ithinkthattherockwallwouldbethebesttoprotectthebeachfrom
erosion,becausetherockscanabsorbthepowerofthewaves,butIthinkthata
curvedseawallwouldhelppreventerosionwelltoo,butitwouldloselessofthat
beachfeeling.

MaterialsandMethods

Materials:
BeachSand
Plastic/aluminumcontainers
600mlwater
Bottleforwaves
Threestructuresyouaretesting

Procedure:

BeforeCreatingtheProcedure,thinkaboutthebasicsteps.Whatbasicstepswillyou
needto:

CreatetheBeach

TesttheMethod,

keepingeverything
thesameexcept
yourindependent
variable
CollecttheData

1.

Results

(16points)

Conclusion
Incomplete,thoughtfulsentences,answerquestionsthefollowingquestions:
1. Whichstructures,ifany,causethebeachestobecompletelyerosionproof
andhowdidyouknow?

Ithinkthatthecurvedwallwouldmakethebeachcompletelyerosionproof
becauseitsacementwall,andnowhereinthewallcouldthesandpassthrougha
cementwall,andthewaveswouldbeabletogothroughthewall,itwouldbe
reversedorthewallwouldabsorbtheenergyofthewaves.

2. Whichstructureworkedthebesttokeeperosionfromhappeningandhow
didyouknow?Howisthissimilaranddifferenttoyourhypothesis?

Theyweretherockwall,andIthinkthatthecurvedwallmethodwouldhave
causedthebeachestobecompletelyerosionproofaswell,butourmodelbroke,and
wasonlylongenoughtoprotectabouthavethebeach.Butbasedoffofourbeach
modeltherockwallwasthebestwaytoprotectourbeachfromerosion.Iknewthis
becausewhenwewouldbutnewwater,wecleanedtheotherhalfofthecontainer
wherethewatergoes,anditwouldshowhowmuchsanderoded.

3. Whatotherideasdoyouhavetocreateanerosionproofbeachthatyou
didntgettotryinthisexperiment?

Ithinkthebeachwallwouldhavebeenagreatwaytocreateanerosion
proofbeach,andwouldhavekeptthatbeachfeeling.

4. IfyouwerepersonwhowasgoingtotheHawaiiangovernmentto
recommendhowtobestkeeperosionhappeningfromourWaikikibeaches,
whatwouldyourecommendtothemandwhy?Assumethatthegovernment
hasalreadydecidedthatamethodMUSTbeused.(Rememberthatyou
wouldhavetousedatatohelpproveyourfindingstothem!)

IwouldrecommendthebeachwallbecauselikeIsaidearlieritwouldbea
greatwaytocreateanerosionproofbeach,andwouldhavekeptthatbeach
feeling.

5. Whatdidyoulikeaboutthislabandwhy?Whatwouldyouhavechanged
aboutthislabandwhy?

Ithoughtthatthelabwasafunwaytoexperimentwiththelab,butIwould
havechangedthewaywemadeourmodelstoprotectthebeach.Theclaycontinued
tobreak,andwhenwetriedtofixit,itwouldtaketolongtodry.