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View Resource Ecological Role of Fire

This lecture-based module is designed to introduce the ecological role of wildfire to students in a broad range of disciplines. It is intended for use in courses such as Environmental Science, General Biology and Introduction to Natural Resources and presents the current understanding of the role of wildfire. Although forest ecosystems are emphasized, most of the major points generalize to other...

View Resource Alkaliphilic Micro-Organisms and Habitats

This review article summarizes the current status of the biodiversity of alkaliphilic microorganisms in various environments and outlines aspects of their biotechnological potential. The article distinguishes thalassohaline versus athalassohaline hypersaline environments, high calcium versus low calcium (soda lakes and deserts) alkaline environments, and alkalophilic versus alkalitolerant...

View Resource Let's Peak Under the Sod

This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will allow students to evaluate the difficulties that may arise in attempting to separate various materials. The lesson involves taking soil samples and performing a perk test of each sample. The lesson should take about 3 class periods to complete. Users must download this resource for viewing, which...

View Resource Infiltration

Infiltration: This site shows an Infiltromete project by a team of Rowan Junior and Senior Clinic students where they completed the following tasks: Researched the instrument's compliance with ASTM D3385-94 "Standard Test Method for Infiltration Rate of Soils in Field Using Double-Ring Infiltrometer" for measuring the infiltration rate of soils. Developed a standard operating procedure (SOP) for...

View Resource Natural Resources Conservation Service: Backyard Conservation

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a feature on their website on backyard conservation. Conservation practices used on agricultural land throughout the country have been adapted for the smaller scale of backyards. Not only can visitors download and print out a 28-page booklet in English or Spanish, but they can also download and...

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