Could humans survive with no vegetation on earth?
By: Jeremy Ford
The fundamental reason humans could not survive without vegetation is that vegetation releases oxygen. Plant life intakes carbon dioxide and releases it as oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. This is the sole reason other complex life forms have evolved on Earth. Without vegetation...
How forest fires help ecosystems and forests
By: Sara Gross
Although forest fires cause problems, or even tragedy, for humans, they are essential in the maintenance and development of forest ecosystems. Government actions, such as the Healthy Forests Initiative, are being taken to reduce forest fires but the effects of this will be mostly negative...
By: Gary C. Gibson
Many Arctic survivalists work for oil corporations on the North Slope of Alaska. They may alternate rugged outdoor ventures with good clothing, maybe with iron filing seven-hour hand warmers stuck in shirt pockets or in a boot etc with indoor recovery periods of hot tubs...
An environmental assessment: The safety of nuclear reactors
By: James Harris - 554809
Nuclear reactors are, by their nature, very unsafe. The process of nuclear fission that occurs in them is very radioactive like the element that is used most Uranium. This has a large effect on the surrounding ecosystem. In Japan where the nuclear bombs were dropped...
Creatures of the open ocean biomes
By: Chris R.W.
The Open Ocean reaches from the coasts (neritic areas) to the middle of the ocean (ending where deep sea zones begin), and is the largest area of marine biomes. Every living thing in the ocean must have a way to swim or float to survive...
Desert biomes described
By: Chris R.W.
There are four types of desert biomes that categorize all of the deserts on the earth. Hot and Dry, Semiarid, Coastal, and Cold deserts. We will examine each of the four separately to discuss the uniqueness of each desert biome. Hot and Dry Deserts Hot...
What can be done to lessen the effects of nonpoint source water pollution?
By: Rita Mcconnell
For most, water pollution brings to mind images of industrial drainage pipes emptying questionable liquids into a river or stream. These sources of pollution however, are regulated and permitted today, allowing authorities to properly manage them. Other sources of water pollution, called non-point sources because...
Common shells found on Caribbean beaches
By: James Johnson
Seashells, they are beautiful, durable and found in waters around the world. Everybody loves seashells. Some beautiful ones can be found washed up along the islands that separate the Atlantic ocean from the Caribbean Sea. You can find a lot of books about seashells, both...
How we can stop the melting of Greenland's glaciers
By: Ken Whitehead
It has become one of today's iconic symbols. The melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has made headlines around the world. While not disputing the fact that Greenland is losing ice, scientists tell a slightly different story from the headline writers. The Greenland Ice Sheet...
Fauna of the boreal (taiga) forest
By: Eric Goudie
Despite the harsh conditions in winter the fauna of the boreal forest is quite diverse, in both size and composition. These are just a few of the animals that are common in the boreal or taiga forest: Small Animals Mice are common, as are voles...

 

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