The Goldilocks Zone
This is an article from "Teachable Moments in the News," a newsletter that takes recent Earth and space science related news stories and places them in a context relevant to the science curriculum. This particular edition describes the Goldilocks Zone, a range of environmental conditions that can support life. Teachers are provided a brief introduction, relevant news links, and developed lesson plans. Some lessons are in PDF format. Activity themes include: exploration of environmental condition
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Digging Up the Dirt on Soil Microbes
This hands-on exercise introduces students, grades K-8, to the idea of soil as a habitat for many different organisms, links between the biological adaptation of an organism and the physical demands of its habitat, and identification of soil and aquatic organisms. The activity includes objectives, standards addressed, materials needed, teaching tips, procedure, questions with potential answers, summary of learned material, and additional resources. The exercise was a product of the Soil and Envi
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Creatures that "glow" in the night
This Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education activity (PDF) encourages students to practice experimental design and scientific writing through the study of bioluminescence. Students observe and experiment with bioluminescent dinoflagellates (Pyrocystis fusiformis), learning how and why they produce light. The activity includes information for teacher preparation, an introduction to bioluminescence, defined vocabulary terms, a list of necessary materials, procedure, assessment questions, and
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Soil: The Great Decomposer
The purpose of this resource is to understand that soil, under different environmental conditions, plays a role in the decomposition of organic materials. Students use bottle experiments to observe changes in the decomposition of vegetable scraps. Students vary temperature, moisture, and light conditions to determine the conditions that best facilitate the decomposition of organic material in soil.
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ReSciPE Workshops: Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
This half-day workshop was developed especially for scientists and science educators interested in contributing to K-16 science education. Workshop activities provide participants with an overview of the research base behind inquiry teaching and learning, an introduction to national standards for inquiry-based K-12 science education, and some hands-on examples of how inquiry can look in the classroom. This workshop is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
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Geothermal Technologies Program
This US Department of Energy site offers a wide variety of information about geothermal energy, including the efforts of the Geothermal Technologies Program to find, access, harness and use the Nation's geothermal resources. Some features of the site include animations about geothermal power, maps of geothermal resources, environmental considerations, photo galleries, information on new research in geothermal technologies, and laws and standards that regulate geothermal energy development.
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Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Using Geothermal Energy
This website by the US Department of Energy describes how the production of geothermal energy can meet clean air, water quality and conservation standards, as well as minimize land use, environmental impacts and solid waste production. There is also a table of environmental regulations governing geothermal energy development.
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Defenders of Wildlife - Geothermal Energy Resources: Principles and Recommendations
This web site provides a pro-environment position on geothermal energy development. The site offers environmental principles that should be adhered to, and points out the environmental benefits of geothermal energy. There is also a useful discussion of geothermal energy, where geothermal resources are located, the current state of geothermal development, and recommendations for the siting and operation of geothermal power plants.
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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.
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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.
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Virtual Maths - Numbers, 2D Triangle simulation tool
Diagram and formulas for are and volume of 2D shapes
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The Plundered Planet.
There is a battle for the future of our planet between profiteers who threaten to destroy natural resources for gain and backward-looking environmental romantics who thwart constructive development. Paul Collier uses his ground-breaking research to offer realistic and sustainable solutions that reconcile the immediate needs of the world's growing population without despoiling the planet for future generations.
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COSEE Great Lakes Workshops
These asynchronous workshops focus on environmental topics related to the Great Lakes region. Subjects covered include: The solid earth system; The bedrock and formation of the Great Lakes; Life and Rocks: Current geological processes; Human impacts [vice-versa!]; and Ocean/lake deep exploration (sink holes, underwater archeology, NOAA's exploration book) studying the bottom, characteristics of the water at depth.
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What's the Impact? Research and Tourism in Antarctica
Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth and one of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet. Despite the presence of glaciers, sea ice, permafrost, limited sunlight and fiercely cold temperatures, Antarctica still contains an abundance of resources, both living and non-living. These resources attract the attention of an increasing number of researchers and tourists from all over the world. How does their presence affect this land and its resources? In this lesson students will: Explore the
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Pfiesteria Life Cycle
This simulation allows students to manipulate environmental variables in a life cycle model of a normally benign dinoflagellate to produce an outbreak of its toxic form. The dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicidais an intriguing microbe with complex interactions that has been linked to large fish kills in the waters of North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay. Examine the effect of environmental variables associated with outbreaks such as flooding and fish density with a model of the Pfiesteria life
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Surf Your Watershed
This service allows users to locate, use, and share environmental information about watersheds where they live. Individual watersheds can be searched by map, place name, or Zip code. "Adopt your watershed" encourages individuals to become involved in stewardship and conservation of watersheds where they live. An environmental website database contains hundreds of URLs and can be searched by state, full text, information type, or keyword.
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Environmental Explorers' Club
This is a place where kids can learn about the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. It features plants and animals, air, water, people and the environment, recycling, and a clubhouse area containing art, a game room, a science room, and a trophy room listing the winners of the President's Environmental Youth Award.
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Envirofacts Data Warehouse
The Envirofacts Data Warehouse website provides access to several EPA databases that offer information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. Users can search a pre-assembled sampling of information available pertaining to a specific area, or choose a topic for more in-depth information about a specific locale.
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NOAA: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
This website is the homepage of NOAA's environmental satellite monitoring service. The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, & enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment, & quality of life. The site features satellite and in situ data from NOAA's Climactic, Coastal, Geophysical, and Oceanographic Data Centers, satellite imagery and research, as we
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Second Annual Renaissance Festival
Lords and Ladies, Thou must comest and enjoyest a full-day of activities and entertainment as CSM presents its second Renaissance Festival! Renaissance festivals are popular throughout the country because they instantly propel visitors back to a time when lords ruled and peasants pleased, and they did so in the language and costumes of Shakespeare. CSM's festivities commence on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of madrigals and other vocal music in the Fine Arts Center Theat
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