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View Resource Nature Stories

What do passenger pigeons, coal mining in Kentucky and cattle ranching have in common? Not a great deal, perhaps, but they are all grist for the mill of the Nature Conservancy's most excellent "Nature Stories" podcast series. The series started in February 2006, and currently there are well over 100 podcasts available on the site. Visitors can browse through them at their leisure, sign up for the...

View Resource The Goldilocks Zone

This on-line news article introduces the Goldilocks Zone, an area of space adequate for the survival of life. Initially believed to be a remarkably small region of space that didn't even include the whole Earth, recent discoveries of extremophiles found thriving in unlikely habitats are convincing scientists to change their definition. Scientists Elena Pikuta and Richard Hoover are highlighted...

View Resource Coral Reef Information System: Discover NOAA's Data

Part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS), this Web site is "designed to be a single point of access to NOAA coral reef information and data products, especially those derived from NOAA's Coral Reef Initiative Program." With Discover NOAA's Data, users can access information by a text search of metadata records, or by a spatial search...

View Resource ExplorA-Pond

ExplorA-Pond is an online opportunity for collaborative science among classrooms from around the world. Classrooms that register with the site can adopt a local pond and submit the results of one or more of the Pond Activities/ Lesson Plans. Regardless of whether your classroom chooses to register, the activities and lesson plans designed for K-6th graders provide a hands-on approach to science...

View Resource Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research

Established in 1998, the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) is a non-profit organization "dedicated to education and research of the marine environment." From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, their team of scientists continues to work on a variety of studies on thresher sharks, roosterfish, and the giant sea bass. One rather nice highlight of the site is the "Field...

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