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  • Walk On

    Walk On

    Image of the Week

    One of the last wolf pups born on Isle Royale National Park in 2009.

  • Snow Seeds

    Snow Seeds

    Image of the Week

    Snowflakes are generated when ice builds up on either dust particles or microorganisms in the atmosphere.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

    An interactive to explore biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts across the globe.

  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • To Boldly Go

    To Boldly Go

    Image of the Week

    A green sea turtle hatchling makes a break for the South Atlantic Ocean from the beach on Ascension Island at sunset.

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activity

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Point

    Charles David Keeling began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1958 at the Mauna Loa observatory on the big island of Hawaii.  This graph shows atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in parts per million (ppm) by volume from 1958 to 2016. Worksheet also available in Spanish.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Point

    To test whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching, Dr. Steve Palumbi and colleagues performed a series of experiments in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa off of Ofu Island.

  • Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Animation

    (2 min 15 sec) This animation illustrates the main stages of the water cycle in the setting of Gorongosa National Park.

  • Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Lecture

    (24 min 56 sec) Savannas cover 20 percent of Earth’s surface and much of Africa. The patterns and processes that occur in this globally important biome illustrate core concepts in ecology.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Point

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Activity

    This is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi.

  • Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 1 sec) Field research on coral bleaching suggests possibilities for saving threatened reefs.

  • Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Lecture

    (29 min 39 sec) Coral reefs, how they are threatened by climate change, and how to protect them.

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    Explore key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive. 

  • Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 28 sec) Ecosystems in the world-famous national park are threatened by warming temperatures.

  • Coral Bleaching

    Coral Bleaching

    Animation

    (3 min 48 sec) Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells. Reef-building corals rely on these symbionts for their survival.

  • The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    Poster

    The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Lecture

    Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems?

  • EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    Activity

    This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Activity

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Click & Learn

    Earth's climate is a complex system controlled by many factors. This Click and Learn will examine the two most important factors: solar radiation and the composition of Earth's atmosphere. Worksheet available in Spanish.

  • Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Activity

    To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. Using an online calculator, you will estimate your household’s carbon footprint and explore various actions to reduce it. Also available in Spanish.

  • EarthViewer Data Files

    EarthViewer Data Files

    Activity

    Summaries and links to the data files used to create the charts in EarthViewer, including the APK file to manually install the app.

  • Dramatic Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice in 2012

    Dramatic Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice in 2012

    Animation

    (26 sec) Arctic sea ice melted on an unprecedented scale in 2012, opening up the fabled Northwest and Northeast passages.

  • The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    Animation

    (6 min 20 sec) CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a series of chemical reactions related to rock weathering.

  • Greenhouse Effect

    Greenhouse Effect

    Animation

    (2 min 14 sec) Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.

  • Interview with Julie Shoemaker, PhD

    Interview with Julie Shoemaker, PhD

    Interview

    (4 min 58 sec) A postdoc in the Schrag lab, Dr. Shoemaker works on the greenhouse gas methane, which has surprising natural and man-made sources.

  • Protect Our Winters

    Protect Our Winters

    Clip

    (1 min 57 sec) A grassroots effort by winter sports professionals aims to convince the government to take action on climate change.

  • Climate Discussion with Students

    Climate Discussion with Students

    Lecture

    (58 min 23 sec) A discussion on climate change with the students attending the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?

    Climate Change: How Do We Know We're Not Wrong?

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) Scientific evidence for global climate change is overwhelming, yet the American public remains skeptical. History provides insights into how a Cold War-era think tank became an influential source of anti-regulation sentiment.

  • Earth's Climate: Back to the Future

    Earth's Climate: Back to the Future

    Lecture

    (1 hr 27 min 59 sec) Earth has been both cooler and warmer in the past, but the change is usually gradual. The current rate of carbon dioxide increase is unprecedented in human history, and solutions to mitigate its effect on global warming are challenging to implement.

  • Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Lecture

    Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

  • Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Activity

    EarthViewer was designed as an interactive learning tool. Download the PDF linked in the right hand column for some ideas on how to use the app in your class, or click on the EarthViewer link to find out more about the app.

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