Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea

 

“Coral reefs cover only about 0.1% of the world’s oceans, but 50% of the species that live in the ocean live on a coral reef at some point in their life.” This quote is from this 26-minute video documentary focusing on protecting the coral reefs near the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. This is the fifth film in an award-winning series of Pace University student documentaries on environmental themes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py9xpwhoBuI

For other videos in the series, please go to:

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/?s=shrimp+pace+university+luskay+documentary

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The healing power of nature

 

In this interactive module, find out how plants, mold and bacteria have helped us to develop painkillers, antibiotics and other medications.

http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/gallery/flash-gallery-2007.swf?init_file=natures-pharmacy

For more resources from PBS LearningMedia and NOVA, please visit their website at: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/drey07.sci.phys.matter.naturepharmacy/natures-pharmacy/

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How to build a deck with bacteria

 

Did you know that bacteria can make plastic by consuming wastewater? This plastic can then be used to make a more environmentally-friendly composite board, a type of lumber.

This interactive module will show you the many, incredible ways bacteria help us in everyday life.

http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/gallery/flash-gallery-2007.swf?init_file=putting-bacteria-to-work

For more resources from PBS LearningMedia and NOVA scienceNOW, please visit their website at: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nvsn5.sci.bio.bacteria/putting-bacteria-to-work/

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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

(With thanks to Dr. Seuss, for the great title…)

Here’s something for the kid in all of us. Play this interactive game to learn about different species of freshwater and ocean fish, as well as about the threat of mercury and PCB contamination.

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/envh10_int_fishkids/

For more resources from PBS Learning Media, please visit their website at: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

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Eleven birds a-calling

 

Test your knowledge of bird calls by matching these eleven birds with their songs.

http://ecologyexplorers.asu.edu/docs/explorers/flash/birds/birdcalls.swf

For more resources from the Ecology Explorers website, please go to: http://ecologyexplorers.asu.edu/get-started/bird-match-song/

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How bacteria help us put food on the table

 

Learn how a few species of bacteria, called nitrogen-fixers, convert nitrogen gas into a form of nitrogen that other organisms, like plants, can use to make proteins and DNA.

http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire9e/default.asp#542578__640280__

This resource comes from the Companion Website for the 9th Edition of “Life: The Science of Biology”. For other similar resources, please visit their website: http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire9e/default.asp#t_542578____

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Exploring clouds through a paintbrush

 

In this fun and interactive module, you will learn about different types of clouds and how they have contributed to some famous paintings.

http://www.windows2universe.org/art_and_music/cloud_art/clouds.swf

For more resources from the Windows to the Universe website, please go to: http://www.windows2universe.org/

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The world‘s oldest & deepest lake

 

In this interactive map, you can explore the fauna and flora of Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world.

http://baikalake.ru/en/map/#

For more information, please visit the Environmental Monitoring of Lake Baikal website: http://baikalake.ru/en/

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Tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes

 

Explore tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes with this interactive resource from National Geographic.

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/multimedia/interactive/forces-of-nature/

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How phytoplankton help make clouds

 

This interactive resource, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, shows how phytoplankton naturally produce a gas (dimethylsulfide) which helps to regulate the Earth’s climate.

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=80756&cid=112365&cl=74075&tid=5142

phytoplankton_DMS_graphic

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