Forests and fires: The longleaf pine savanna
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" examines the role of fire in maintaining the longleaf pine savanna as well as other rare plant communities found in Camp Lejune, North Carolina.
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Jocassee Gorges: Temperate rain forests of the Blue Ridge
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" that explores the geology and botanical diversity of the Jocassee Gorges region of North Carolina's mountains.
Large sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" explores the nature and structure of barrier islands with large sand volume, on which built structures are relatively well insulated from hurricane damage.
Lonely mountains: The monadnocks of the inner Piedmont
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" explores the geology of North Carolina's monadnocks, mountains that rise individually above the surrounding topography.
Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" examines how coastal process continuously alter the structure of the Outer Banks, and how humans have adapted to and resisted these changes.
Small sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" explores the nature and structure of barrier islands with small sand volume — only a few small dunes and no sandy ridges between the beach and the salt marsh. Built structures on these islands are highly susceptible to damage from hurricanes. This trip provides high-resolution photographs of two such islands, Masonboro (which has not been developed) and Topsail (which has been developed). Its companion field trip, Large Sa
Wetlands of the coastal plains
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations "virtual field trip" explores the various wetlands of North Carolina's coastal plain, including the longleaf pine savanna, sandhill scrub, pocosin, pond pine woodland, coastal plain bottomland forest, tidal freshwater marsh, cypress gum swamp, and salt marsh. In each type of wetland, you'll learn about the various plant communities and their adaptations to their environment. You'll also learn how wetlands are formed and why North Carolina has so
The Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the national ENERGY STAR Program for improving energy efficiency in homes, with previous support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US D
The Gold Rush, positive for California in so many ways, had a devastating effect on the state's environment. Many of these problems were directly related to gold-mining technology. The process of hydraulic mining, which became popular in the 1850s, caused irreparable environmental destruction. Two images show California's largest hydraulic mine ? Malakoff Diggings, in Nevada County ? in action. (Malakoff Diggings is now a state park and open to visitors.) Dams (such as the English Dam in Nevada
Hypoxia Zone: Modeling Stratified Waters
Sampling of aquatic microorganisms reveals a surprising feature of many open water systems - stratification. Students can model the effects of reducing nutrient loads to surface waters on microbial populations and oxygen levels within the Mississippi River basin and Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Zone. Planktonic and benthic microbes occupy distinct zones in stratified water columns. Explore how the benthic consumer populations respond to environmental cues such as changes in sunlight, wind effects, o
Geography: Natural Resources and Population Spring 2008
Natural Resources and Population – Spring 2008. Ever since publication of Thomas Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798, the English-speaking world has equated population growth with apocalypse, even though Malthus’s theory was debunked well before his own demise in 1834. This course begins from the proposition that human-environment relations are always social relations: how natural resources are produced, distributed, valued, consumed, conserved and degraded are historica
Introduction to Tourism
This course covers topics which include defining what tourism is and the tourism system. It then reviews the development of tourism and tourist destinations before embarking on examining the tourist product and tourist industry. Where would tourism be without marketing? The course then explores market segmentation and then discusses the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts which must be considered when planning for tourism and the future of tourism.
Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
The Toxic Substances Hydrology Program of the USGS performs research to improve characterization and management of contaminated sites,to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems. This site features fact sheets, reports, publications, and highlights of research findings and investigations. Topics include soil and groundwater remediation, agricultural chemicals, and hard rock mining wastes.
Oil and Gas - Coalbed Methane: Environmental Considerations
The goal of this site is to present information and links to information on environmental considerations associated with coalbed natural gas development (CBNG) nationwide. The emphasis is on water co-produced with CBNG, but other environmental considerations are also presented. The USGS Energy Resource Team assessment of existing and potential CBNG development in the United States is accessible via this website as well. The website includes a page providing general information regarding CBNG env
Au-Ag-Te Vein Deposits
This resource is a part of the USGS document entitled "Preliminary Compilation of Descriptive Geoenvironmental Mineral Deposit Models". This chapter of the document describes gold, silver and tellurium vein deposits. Topics include a summary of relevant geologic, environmental, and geophysical information, geologic factors that influence potential environmental effects, and environmental signatures.
Lessons on the Lake
Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin is home to 1.5 million people and an estuary ecosystem with enormous biodiversity. Activities in the educator’s guide help students in grades 5-12 gain an understanding and appreciation of the Basin and teaches them the skills to identify environmental concerns, make changes, and solve problems.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Instructional Guide
This Instructional Guide has been developed to provide instructors using the Environmental Impact Assessment Course Module with an understanding of the design of the Module so that they can customise the its material and assessment to the needs of their learners and location.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Welcome to the course module on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) - a learning resource that explains SEA theory, practice and methodology. The course covers SEA principles; SEA status worldwide; links between SEA, environmental impact assessment, and strategic decision-making; and a wide range of SEA tools and techniques, and their advantages and disadvantages in various settings. The course is divided into: Background, Strategic actions, SEA Process, Baseline Assessment, Implementation,
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Instructional Guide
This instructional guide explains the structure of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) course and expected learning outcomes, suggests some course assignments, and suggests some guidance for course participants when carrying out the assignments.