Igneous rocks: Rhyolite
By: Hai Shunxi
Rhyolite is the name applied to a subset of the igneous rocks, those rocks formed by cooling from molten magma. Earth scientists separate igneous rocks based on the minerals that are present and the size of the mineral crystals. Rhyolite (rhymes with "WHY-oh-light") is an...
The heat of a volcano
By: Tom Sherman
Volcanoes are one of the most fascinating phenomena that grace Earth's surface; they are the windows into the nether region, a brief glimpse into the underlying processes governing our world. A glimpse offered into the fiery subterranean processes that has inspired awe and fear throughout...
The ecological relationship of biomes
By: Louis Phillip Archambault
The integrated ecology of the environmental biology for our living space, surroundings and other biome relationships is in neglect. The resulting effect is Earth's biome/ecology is in disrepair. This is due to the shortsighted nature of the human animal that focuses on survival gains rather...
Tips for saving energy
By: Laurie Childree
Saving energy is increasingly important as the cost of energy goes up. The benefits for the environment are numerous when you reduce your energy consumption. The amount of energy used can be reduced at home, the office and virtually anywhere else that you go.Start...
Determining the age of a tree
By: Sammy Stein
Trees come in two distinct groups within the plant kingdom. The first is the monocotyledon where new growth is produced in radial lines around a central stem, like grasses, lilies, yuccas and phormiums.The second group is dicotyledons where each year, new growth is accomplished...
Should energy-conservation methods be practiced by all?
By: Janet Farricelli
Just as small jigsaw pieces placed together create a pretty puzzle, if people put some effort in preserving energy every day, our planet would be a better place for all people and future generations to come. It really does not take much to conserve energy...
Where was vanilla originally grown?
By: A. W.
Spices can give new life to bland, boring foods. Some spices have a savory taste and are used to enhance the flavor of meats or vegetables. Other spices are sweet and act as a crucial ingredient in cakes or desserts. Vanilla, with its delicate flavor...
The comparative toxicity of oil dispersants
By: Elizabeth M Young
There are four major problems with attempting to identify or to confirm toxicity in oil dispersants that are being used in the BP oil spill of 2010: Ability to prove whether it is the dispersant or the oil that is toxic; proprietary commercial secrecy about...
Why people should care about sustainability
By: Sabrina Woodroffe
The citizens of the UK need to start thinking about how they can get their act together and make sustainable development a high priority in their lives. Whether through personal or business decisions made daily, citizens make a significant impact on the futures of generations...
What are the four major desert biomes?
By: Janet Grischy
A biome is a major community of plants and animals that are adapted to specific conditions. A desert biome is a region that receives less than 50 centimeters of rain a year, sometimes much less. There are usually more reptiles than mammals in the desert...

 

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