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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...
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...
tornado
It’s another rainy day in Oklahoma, yet something in the dark, billowing clouds indicate that this storm is going to be different than any ordinary rain storm. As the winds shift, the towering cumulonimbus clouds turn deadly as violent rotating winds form a funnel and descend from the sky like a narrow twisting rope. It rages across the terrain,...
What Is Environmental Degradation? The environment is just the natural world that surrounds us. Our environment provides us with everything we need: air, food, water, and all the natural resources needed to build our civilization and keep it running. Because human beings are entirely dependent on the environment for our continued survival, it’s important that we keep it clean and...
Earth is teeming with an incredible variety of life, from amoebas and apes to zebras and zooplankton. Not only are there a dazzling number of species on Earth, but each of those species is made up of many individuals, each with a unique gene arrangement. Those species also come together to create distinctive communities all around the globe. This...
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...
While everyone has probably heard the term “nuclear energy” and likely made jokes about it involving extra fingers, glowing skin, or Homer Simpson, knowing what it actually is and what it does is far less common. As far as human participation goes, nuclear energy has been around since the beginning of World War II, when several countries started looking...
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...
Fossil fuels have been the primary source of energy for human civilization since the start of the industrial revolution. While coal, oil and natural gas still supply most of the world’s energy, growing concerns about dwindling supplies and the carbon released when these fuels are burned have spurred a search for clean, renewable energy sources. While wind and solar...