Understanding the elements of lightning and thunder
By: Charlotte Louise Nystrom
Frightening and yet fascinating thunderstorms seem eternally captivating. To understand the elements of thunder and lightning one must first begin to understand the clouds, which create this meteorological phenomena. The clouds, which always seem to grace our skies, are made up of infinitely tiny water...
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...
Why is drinking sea water dangerous?
By: Rob Gray
“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink, Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” These sage words are from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Following this little limerick at sea could save a person’s...
By: Elizabeth M Young
For a basic introduction to the plants of the coral reefs, the categories are simple: most of them are either algae or phytoplankton! Corals are classified as animal, even if they are microscopic animals which group in massive numbers to form colonies. At the bottom...
Grassland biomes: North American prairie
By: Kayla Willis
A grassland biome is one which is dominated by grasses and other herbaceous, non-woody plants rather than other vegetation such as trees or tall shrubs. Every continent on the Earth except for Antarctica has a grassland biome; each with its own popular name for its...
By: Kayla Willis
Magma and lava are terms which are usually used interchangeably. The one major difference which separates one from the other has to do with location, location, location. Simply put magma is molten rock underneath the ground whereas lava is molten rock which has flowed out...
Endangered sea creatures
By: Judith Willson
Hundreds of thousands of once common animals are endangered. In the seas these range from tiny plankton to the great whales and sharks. Many creatures we probably do not yet even know exist. Our knowledge of the oceans is still limited and hundreds of new...
By: Joyce M. George-Knight
As Washington, DC just discovered, snow isn't always the picture perfect scenery shown on Christmas cards. Oh, it is lovely at first, especially when the snow flakes are giant-sized and fluffy as they gently build up. If unprepared, your family's lives could be endangered. Those...

 

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