Introduction to Environmental Science
What does it take to study Environmental Science? Who can participate? How does the Earth work? What is involved? As we study this topic, we will cover all these questions. The wonderful world we call Earth is waiting to be discovered. Join in the discussion.
The Chemistry of Water
What physical and chemical properties makes water so essential for life on this planet?
Uses of Water
Humans use water for almost every thing we do. This chapter discusses the ways we use water, ways we can use water safely and how we as humans can conserve water for future use.
Distribution of Water
70% of the Earth is covered with water. It makes life possible and controls many aspects of the world around us.
The majority of the water we use in society comes from stored water from underground. This chapter discusses the use, depletion, pollution and clean up of that ground water.
What begins the energy cycle? How do predators compete for food? Are the ecosystems stable? This chapter will answer all these questions and more.
Biomes of the World
The Earth has wondrous variety. This chapter discusses the many different places that exist. Discover the land and water biomes and the plants and animals that live in each.
Oceans are the radiators of the planet. This chapter discusses the different types of currents and the pollution man has deposited in the oceans.
Importance of Biodiversity
Which type of animal is most important to humans? Could it be insects? Those pesky creatures help life on Earth in many ways. This chapter discusses the importance of the different types of animals and how they are all important to our survival.
Life is always in a state of competition. The most suited to survive will grow to reproduce. This chapter discusses how populations are maintained through these processes such as competition, symbiosis, and succession.
Human Population Dynamics
Human population is in a period of exponential growth. How did we get here? Will it ever stop growing this fast? How can we tell? This chapter discusses how human populations interact and how human population growth may be leveling.
This chapter discusses the different nutrient cycles that life needs to exist on the Earth.
The atmosphere is a complex system with different levels. This chapter discusses the different levels and the way each work.
Atmosphere Heat Budget
The atmosphere, with its many types of compounds that make up the air we breathe, absorbs and retains heat so live can exist on this planet. This chapter discusses the amount of energy that is absorbed and released. We also learn how this related to Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect.
Weather Systems And Climate
Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards. Oh, my! Find out how and why these occur.
Air Pollution and the Ozone Layer
As humans have become more industrialized, we have deposited more pollution into the atmosphere. This chapter discusses the types of air pollution, the quality of air we are exposed to, how this affects the pH in the air causing acid rain. Next the chapter discusses the protective layer high in the atmosphere, the ozone layer. It reveals to us how it has changed in the past 40 years and how we can help prevent the further destruction of the ozone layer.
Earth Systems- Earth's Interior
Just as the atmosphere has its different layers, so does the Earth's interior. This chapter discusses the different layers of the Earth as well earthquakes and seismic waves that are created afterwards.
Earth's Systems- Earth's Surface
The surface of the Earth is in a state of constant change. This chapter discusses the creation of new land through the process of volcanoes and the destructive forces of tsunamis.
How do we find our resources? Which are most helpful and harmful to us and the environment?
Will we ever run out? Oil, Natural Gas, Nuclear and Coal are all discussed in this chapter.
Is renewable energy the wave of the future? Can we produce enough to meet our needs? Wind, Solar, Geothermal, and water power are discussed in this chapter.
Types of Energy Consumption
Is the Earth an ever ending supply of resources? Discover how man manages the Earth's resources and possible ways we can extend them.
Mapping and Navigation
Ever draw a map? Can you find your bearings with a compass? Maps help us do a multitude of tasks such as find our location, elevation and direction.
Mining and Minerals
Humans have been mining resources for thousands of years. Learn the different techniques and the regulations needed to open a mine as well as the consequences of mining minerals.
How Human Use the Soil
Humans discovered the method of farming thousands of years ago. Many of us garden but how do we get large volumes of food? Can we sustain our present rate of consumption? What do we do with all the waste?