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how can resource conservation benefit the environment
Meta: If you are wondering how can resource conservation benefit the environment, take a look at the useful ways you can reduce your reliance on natural resources.    If we want a healthy environment, we need to take steps to conserve resources. Even though there is a day set aside to celebrate World Nature Conservation, we should take small steps to...
Popocatepetl, Mexico (Russ Bowling/Flickr)
Volcanic activity is a regular and harsh reminder that the planet we live on features an ever-changing geology. Located along the edges of tectonic plates, volcanoes are fissures that allow the boiling magma, ash, and gases from beneath the earth’s surface to explode violently in response to shifts in the tectonic plates. Types of Volcanoes There are numerous forms that volcanoes...
While everyone has probably heard the term “nuclear energy” and likely made jokes about nuclear energy pros and cons involving extra fingers, glowing skin, or Homer Simpson, knowing what nuclear energy 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,...
Great Pyrenees
The history behind the largest dog breeds often reveals dogs bred to be ancient guardians, fierce hunting hounds or royal companions. While some owners in recent years prefer smaller dog breeds for city living, size and strength have historically been desirable factors to breed into dogs, making them better protectors and hunters. Human interference through breeding management programs has been...
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...
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...
Slash and burn cultivation, rainforest cut and burned to plant c
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...
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...