Why people should care about sustainability
By: Ken Whitehead
We have to learn to live sustainably; how many times have you heard that? Everyone appears to agree on this fact, yet few people really understand what this entails. Ask ten different people what sustainability is and you will likely get ten different answers. It...
How mountain pine beetles are destroying our forests
By: Ken Whitehead
I first came face to face with Dendroctonus Ponderosae about eight years ago. The company I worked for was interested in the possibility of using satellite imagery to track the spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which at the time was in its early...
By: Kristin Jackman
Too often people feel the need to categorize living in a so-called "sustainable environment" by recycling discarded goods, replacing aged bulbs with eco-friendly CFLs, and taking a bus or train occasionally to work and/or school. The truth of the matter is that these are just...
By: Janet Grischy
Spirogyra is a free-floating filamentous alga, of the order Zygnematales. It grows in fresh eutrophic water, water rich in nutrients. In high summer, it’s often seen tangled together in large slimy bright green masses that may be interspersed with bubbles of oxygen. More than...
By: Elizabeth M Young
To understand the difference between a rainforest and a jungle, we first look at the definitions of "forest" and "jungle". This is not as easy as it would appear, since there are over 250 definitions for forests, alone! A jungle is generally defined as something...
By: Elizabeth M Young
To understand the Benthic Biome, an understanding of the world's largest biome, the Ocean Biome and its various zones. In the Ocean biome, in order, there are the intertidal, pelagic, benthic, abyssal and hadal zones. Thus the benthic zone is the third deepest zone in...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The Earth contains several biomes, each with temperature ranges, presence and depth of water, freshness or brackishness of water, annual rainfall, presence or absence of sunlight, flora and fauna which thrive in specific environments. Biomes can be classified in terms of their landed and aquatic...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Desert biomes exist when the annual rainfall is less than 50 centimeters annually and they cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface. Because warm air has the capacity to hold more moisture than average, rainfall is less likely to occur in areas that are...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Biomes are places in the world that share similar characteristics of weather, geology, temperature, and other factors, and that sustain various types of life. There are two major biomes on Earth: terrestrial and aquatic. The aquatic biomes are divided into freshwater and marine, or saltwater...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Of the life sustaining biomes, water holds the greatest place of importance. The marine biomes include the oceans, coral reefs and estuaries, with the ocean biomes taking the overwhelming place of distinction. The oceans dominate the Earth's surface, producing the water that converts into rain...

 

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