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  • Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Data Points

    Researchers monitored the succession of the microbial community in the Gulf of Mexico using data from before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Data Points

    Researchers studied whether periwinkle snail fronts expand mudflats and contribute to salt marsh die-offs.

  • Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Data Points

    Researchers used satellite imagery analyze the amount of forest that was lost annually across the globe between 2000 and 2012.

  • Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Data Points

    Researchers overlaid the locations of more than 400 hypoxic systems linked to eutrophication on a map of the global “human footprint.”

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Points

    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 Points

    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.

  • Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activities

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

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

  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Feature Films

    Five times in Earth’s past, the vast majority of plant and animal species have been annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events, and what might they tell us about the fate of our world?

  • Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 24 sec) Biologists Piotr Naskrecki and Jennifer Guyton identify and record the diversity of species in Gorongosa National Park’s Cheringoma Plateau.

  • Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 58 sec) See how scientists in Gorongosa National Park are using GPS satellite collars and motion-sensitive cameras to gather data about the recovery of the park’s lion population.

  • Gorongosa National Park

    Gorongosa National Park

    Collection

    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was once a thriving national park, until a civil war decimated the park’s large animal populations and halted tourism. A new long-term restoration project is...

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (33 min 43 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • 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.

  • Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 15 sec) Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Films

    (33 min 43 sec) The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Also available in Spanish.

  • Following the Trail of Evidence

    Following the Trail of Evidence

    Activities

    A worksheet in which students write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction. Also available in Spanish.

  • Article: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Article: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Readings

    A short article by Dr. Sean B. Carroll detailing the discoveries covered in the film The Day The Mesozoic Died.

  • Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Day the Mesozoic Died, which tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that led to the stunning discovery that an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction of animals, plants and even microorganisms.

  • Stratigraphic Principles

    Stratigraphic Principles

    Clips

    (2 min 21 sec) Dr. John Shea demonstrates the two main principles in the study of rock layers: superposition and association.

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