Humans depend upon Earth’s nutrient and energy cycles. We harness Earth’s energy to power our televisions, radios, streetlights, automobiles, airplanes – and everything else in our homes and cities. Your cotton T-shirt and this paper page came from plants that depend on Earth’s nutrient (cycles. The water you drink comes from water sources replenished by the hydrologic cycle. We do not just use Earth’s cycles, we are a part of Earth’s cycles. Everything we eat, drink, and use comes from Earth. But the overuse of resources and the production of waste can cause disruptions in the energy and nutrient cycles on Earth. (McDougal Littell) Chapter 16
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NPR: The Hopeful Story of a Doomed Fox
Seinfeld: The Scientific Method
TedEd: Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain
TedEd: Why is biodiversity so important?
TedEd: How parasites change their host’s behavior
TedEd: Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future
TedEd: Climate change: Earth’s giant game of Tetris
TedEd: Can wildlife adapt to climate change?
Amoeba Sisters: Ecological Succession: Nature’s Great Grit
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
How Wolves Change Rivers
How Whales Change Climate
Tackling Bycatch in U.S. Fisheries
7 Super Toxic U.S. Sites
NOAA: Endangered Species Act
Home Movies: Historic Dana Point/SJ Mission/Newport (1933)
Home Movies: Catalina Island early 30’s