Human ecology

Mother Nature in Charge | When the Water Came

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Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, explains how the flooding of Devils Lake began in 1993 with some areas of the basin getting nearly thirty inches of rain that year. The fall of 2008 through the spring of 2009 brought more rain and snow, causing a dramatic rise in the lake. Frith explains the amount acreage lost and the economic losses of the past year.

Colorado Towns Struggle for Control over Fracking | PBS Newshour

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Update your students on the controversy surrounding fracking with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 8, 2014. We suggest using the interactive website ExploreShale.org to engage and support student learning about process of fracking. Check out more teaching resources at PBS NewsHour Extra

Biscayne National Park Field Trip

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Penny and KidVision VPK Kid Ryan go on a scavenger hunt at Biscayne National Park to find national wonders, investigate mangroves, travel through the coral reefs, and become Junior Park Rangers.

Great States | Montana Geography

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Montana is the fourth largest state in the Union, bigger than Germany! Explore how Montana’s gently rolling plains and more than ninety rugged mountain ranges contribute to a varied climate and multiple uses for the land.

It's All Earth and Sky | Love of the Land and Growing Things

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The need to plant and nurture growing things is common among Germans from Russia, even off the farm. Each of the speakers share examples from their life experiences common to many Germans from Russia. 

 

Faces of the Oil Patch | Roger Cymbaluk

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Regarding the last the oil boom, Roger Cymbaluk of Williston said, "Many of us went broke in the mid-80s, and I'm included. Flat broke." Cymbaluk explains that, after the last bust, many people didn't have enough money to leave the Williston area, and those who did might now be wishing that they hadn't.

MN Original | Photographer David Bowman

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Watch how in a search for the headwaters of Lake Superior for his narrative landscape project, LAKEHEAD, photographer David Bowman further connects with his family roots.

In addition to fine art photography, Bowman works editorially and commercially. His work can be seen in Vanity Fair, TIME, Glamour, Target, National Geographic, ESPN and Dwell. In 2013, Bowman became an independent member of National Geographic Creative, and in 2014 he was named Best Of ASMP by the American Society of Media Photographers.

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The Druk White Lotus School: Ladakh

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See how local cultures can sustain their way of life while also utilizing technologically advanced methods.

MN Original | Leav Interactive Art App

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Learn how the Leav iPhone app, a project of Six Impossible Things, allows people to unlock art experiences throughout the Twin Cities based on environmental factors like location, season and time of day.

Leav’s team commissions work from local artists, including writer and man-about-town Andy Sturdevant, that ranges from self-guided artist studio tours to dance performances to literary readings.

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Female Hip Hop in Senegal | Beat Making Lab

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Meet Gotal, an all-female hip hop group in Senegal, Africa as they work with an organization to hone their craft. These singers and producers team up with our DJs to write songs about global health issues and women leadership for the non-governmental organization Speak Up Africa.

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