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View Resource When is Dinner Being Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine

This is a student activity regarding phytoplankton blooms and their effects on the ecosystem. Students will obtain and analyze data on the variables that influence the spring phytoplankton bloom from buoy monitoring stations in the Gulf of Maine. Activity includes background information, step by step instructions, additional resources, and activity extensions.

View Resource The U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network

This is the home page for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. The site includes information about LTER, opportunities for educators, students, and post-docs, new funding, new conferences, and the variety of LTER research including...

View Resource The Flow of Energy: Primary Production to Higher Trophic Levels

Today we will explore some of the multiple topics related to the flow of energy in ecosystems. Energy is used up and lost as heat as it moves through ecosystems, and new energy is continually added to the earth in the form of solar radiation. As we learned in the last lecture, the earth is an open system in regard to energy. Nutrients and other materials, on the other hand, are continually...

View Resource Restore the Gulf

As many people are concerned about the long term health of the Gulf of Mexico and the surrounding area, this website is quite timely. Created by the federal government, RestoretheGulf.gov serves to provide the public with information on the response to the Deepwater BP oil spill, along with news updates, and links to other governmental partners. The materials on the site are contained within four...

View Resource Helping People Understand Soils

This slide show provides an introduction to soil and soil science. Topics include the functions of soil and its role in the ecosystem, soil management, important properties of soil, and factors that influence the location and types of soils that form. There is also information on soil surveys, possible negative impacts to soil, the soils taxonomy system, and how soil science meshes with other...

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