natural resources

Where's Plum From?

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Meet Plum, a friendly purple alien—and video game designer—from the barren planet Blorb, in this video from PLUM LANDING. She's visiting Planet Earth to collect data for a new game for her fellow Blorbians. Plum can’t leave her spaceship, so she befriends a group of kids on Earth and sends them on missions to trek across deserts, plunge over waterfalls, climb mountains, and journey through the jungle, in order to learn all about life on Earth.

Geothermal Steam Heats Greenhouses | America's Heartland

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Discover how one farm family harnesses geothermal steam to heat tomato greenhouses year-round in Newcastle, Utah.  

Nature in the Balance | CO2 Sequestration | CO2 Green House Gas

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Learn about carbon dioxide and its function in the atmosphere.

Colorado River Allocations

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The three lower basin states, Arizona, California, and Nevada, were allocated a portion, 7.5 million acre feet a year. California got 4.4 million acre-feet. Arizona got 2.8 million acre-feet. And Nevada got 300,000 acre-feet. It's generally considered that the compact came together after a wet period.

Water Quality - Watershed

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The land that carries the water you use to a water body is called a watershed. A watershed is also known as a drainage basin because it is land that allows water to drain to marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, or to groundwater.

The Food Chain

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Alfalfa is sold to a dairy, the dairy feeds it to the cows......those cows will produce milk, that milk will be hauled to town and turned into bottled milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, butter, all kinds of dairy products that are sold throughout the state. We use a lot of water to grow these crops and so the real consumer of that water is the public, when they buy and consume the food.

Field Research on Glacial Change

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This ThinkTV segment demonstrates how scientists take measurements in the field to gain an overall understanding of the relationships between climate, populations, and water requires years of field research.

Sustainable Pacific Island Watersheds

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Explore Pacific Island watersheds in these videos adapted from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. In the first video, Micronesians explain how important a balanced ecosystem is to their culture and livelihoods. We learn that changes to the Nett watershed on the island of Pohnpei are harming the water supply, coral reefs, and fisheries, and that climate change may further threaten these resources. By working together to manage the watershed and the human activities that affect it, Micronesians can improve both public and environmental health. The animation describes the three zones that make up a high island watershed.

Whose Air Do You Share? | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Here's an amazing thought: every time you breathe, you could be sharing air with everyone who's ever lived. A few million of the same air molecules that enter your lungs in a lifetime also entered Albert Einstein or Marie Curie's lungs! That's some smart air. All the air that keeps us alive is just a thin candy shell around our planet. In this episode, echoing the words of John F. Kennedy, Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay to Be Smart, shows you the science of how we all share the same air.

Why Is California Sinking? (Hint: Drought)

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Learn why California's four-year drought is causing it to sink with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 7, 2015.

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