pine forest and lake near the mountain early in the morning
The world is an amazing place filled with a tremendous variety of animals, plants and environments. These elements are separated into large ecological areas where animals and plants have adapted to different environments. The environmental separations are called biomes. There are many types of biomes. Typically, biomes are identified by physical factors such as soil type, climate, geology and...
bioremediation
What is bioremediation? Bio means “life”, and remediation is the act of setting something right. Together, bioremediation describes a natural process whereby living organisms, primarily yeast, fungi and bacteria, decompose hazardous substances into something less toxic to the environment and to people.In fact, these organisms do very well in these toxic environments, which benefits the organisms and people. Many...
hurricane
Imagine being caught in a powerful storm with spiraling winds surging at speeds ranging from 74 to 160 mph. This intense weather system that typically forms in the tropical region of the earth is called a hurricane. It can cause a lot of destruction both in the water and on land. Fortunately, there are many instruments that can predict...
Freshwater
The freshwater biome is a fascinating ecosystem, containing a plethora of lifeforms in various locations on every continent. To be considered “freshwater,” the water must have a low concentration of salt, generally less than 1 percent. This includes lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water. The plants and animals that inhabit the freshwater biome are adapted to...
hydropower
Hydroelectric power, or hydropower, refers to using moving water to generate electricity. Water flowing downhill turns turbines that drive electric generators. Reservoirs created by dams allow operators to precisely control the rate of water flow and the amount of power produced. A release pipe called a penstock concentrates the force of the elevated water in the reservoir. As long...