Ecosystems and Material Cycles: Water, Carbon, and Sulfur
Professor George Wolfe discusses ecosystems and material cycles in this video from Thinkwell's online Biology series. The video uses lecture format along with illustrations and notes on a whiteboard to aid in the instruction of the water cycle, carbon cycle, and sulfur cycle. Run time 11:33.
In this video from WPSU’s Outside, a staff member at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at Penn State University provides tips on backyard bird feeding during the winter. Topics include the selection, placement, and cleaning of feeders. To attract birds for viewing, and to contribute to their welfare, it is important to understand their needs and behaviors. Placing a bird feeder close to a window will prevent collisions with glass. Offering seeds and suet can provide birds with the energy t
Animal Mothers: Wood Duck Paratroopers
Informative video about the lives of wood duck hatchlings. Shows hatching of the wood duck and their 30 foot leap from the nest to the water on the next day. Run time 02:11
Great Blue Heron
A great informational video on the great blue heron. This movie discusses the habitat needs of this bird such as tall trees for nesting and shallow water for hunting. You can see first hand a blue heron attempting to catch a baby alligator as well as their elaborate mating courtship. Run time 02:05.
For centuries the Amazon has been home to the most ferocious fresh-water monsters known to man...piranhas. Now, these deadly creatures are appearing in US lakes and rivers. The MonsterQuest team investigates whether these carnivorous beasts could breed here and devastate our waters. Addresses the harmful introduction of a new species to an ecosystem. Full-length episode from MonsterQuest. Run time (41:00)
Mudskippers- Fish Out of Water!
This fish out of water has adapted to live mostly on land. However, it still needs to learn how to outrun its enemies. Learn about these unique land fish and what adaptations they have for survival. Run time 02:05.
Wetlands - Pond Study
Some of the most fascinating life on the planet can be found in the forests, streams and wetlands around your community. Inspect a sample of pond water and you will find a dynamic world of bizarre and interesting life. This video shows some of these life-forms and demonstrates techniques for photographing microorganisms in pond samples. Features daphnia, the larva of mosquitoes and other insects.
While on the hunt for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas, Jorge
Ribas encounters all kinds of wildlife, including a particularly
venomous critter - the Cottonmouth. Video ends with some facts about the cottonmouth. For example: "The cottonmouth, also called a water moccasin, is the only poisonous water snake in North America." Run time 2:18
Magic School Bus "Gets Swamped"
Travel with Ms. Frizzle and the class as they learn more about wetlands. This Magic School Bus video will cover the following two concepts: (1) Wetlands are low, marshy areas that are wet at least part of the year. and (2) Wetlands help to clean water by slowing it, allowing sediments to settle out and plants and bacteria to purify the water. Run time 22 minutes.
Swamps and Such - Natures Kidneys
This video series from WOSU Public Media uses the example of a wetland to explain the structure and functions of ecosystems and how ecosystems change over time. In these videos meet wetland scientist Dan Fink who hosts the program and examines the types of communities of plants, animals, birds and fish that abound in wetlands, the process of photosynthesis, and the complex relationship between water and productivity. Developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University Olentangy River Wetla
The Value of Wetlands
In this video segment adapted from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, learn about the value of the wetlands ecosystems. Wetlands are essential habitats for plants and wildlife and a critical part of the water cycle. Yet they are under threat, largely due to the needs of a growing human population. The video suggests that humans must find a way to balance their needs while protecting and restoring wetlands. Closed captioning included. Run time 03:08.
Here's a quick lesson in buoyancy. It compares the weight of an object in the air compared to in the water. English captions are at the bottom of the screen. The words are small so the viewer may want to open the video to 'full screen'.
Water was boiled in a clean barrel, then capped and allowed to cool. This video shows the explosion that results. Safe way to show kids without the dangers of actually demonstrating it. The video is a 10 second clip from an actual classroom experiment. An e xplanation is not given.
The Busy Electron Oxidation and corrosion reactions are explained, and real world solutions to these problems are discussed. The principles of electrochemical cell design are explained through batteries, sensors, and a solar-powered car. New applications of lithium batteries are spurring medical and technological advances.
Oxidation and corrosion reactions are explained, and real world solutions to these problems are discussed. The principles of electrochemical cell design are explained through batteries, sensors, and a solar-powered car. New applications of lithium batteries are spurring medical and technological advances.
Running Water: How It Erodes & Deposits
Running water changes the surface of the earth by cutting away rock in one place, carrying this load and then depositing it in another place. This program explores the relationship of running water to the land. This is a well narrated video with amazing scenes.
Magic School Bus "Rocks and Rolls"
Travel with Ms. Frizzle and the class as they are turned into rock-kids and learn about erosion. This Magic School Bus episode will cover the following two concepts: (1) Water may look weak compared with solid rock, but give it time and even the hardest rocks cannot withstand its force. and (2) Water sculpts the Earth over time. It carves out canyons and valleys, breaks down rocks into sand and soil, and deposits them to build up new land.
What is Erosion?
Erosion is the process of wearing away the lands surface. The four major causes of erosion that are addressed in this video are water, wind, ice, and gravity. Other key vocabulary words include: splash erosion, rill erosion, sheet erosion, dust storms, glaciers, land slides, and weathering. Run time 02:02.
Flood: Farming and Erosion
Farmers and rivers have a close, though not always friendly, relationship with one another. Rivers can create prized farmland, but they also flood fields and the communities built alongside them. What's more, farming practices may contribute to an increase in the magnitude and intensity of river flooding. This video segment adapted from NOVA explains the flooding problem and suggests possible solutions.
Cave Formations: Biogeochemical Cycles
The most common process by which limestone caves form involves carbonic acid — or weakly acidic groundwater — as the primary agent. When carbonic acid contacts limestone, it dissolves minerals in the rock. If enough water to saturate the rock is present over a long time period, cavities and entire underground cave networks can form. Recently, a radical new theory has been proposed that identifies another cave-forming agent: sulfuric acid. This video segment adapted from NOVA identifies the m
Inside a Volcano
Explore the science and beauty of these natural features. Video gives history that the Earth was once an icy ball others believe Earth was cold, but not quite ice. 700 million years ago the Earth was much colder. Volcanoes warmed the surface of the Earth, video shows a volcano that erupted in 2004 where a volcano was filmed erupting through an ice sheet in Central Iceland, this is what would have happened millions of years ago but on a globa