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COMPLETE BIOME VIDEOS

  Posted by rcraig , 24 October 2016 · 531 views

The subalpine fir forests of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah are examples of alpine boreal forest.



The topic of biomes is a major one in the AP Environmental Science curriculum.  To document the characteristics of the world's major biomes, Arts and Academic Publishing has prepared a series of videos.  The first in this serie...


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SPECIES COMPETITION AND ESKIMO CURLEWS

  Posted by rcraig , 18 October 2016 · 469 views

The Rufous Fantail of the tropical Pacific competes with the larger Tinian MonarchAnother of the videos in the environmental science series that is available through our internet publishing partner, Arts and Academic Publishing is entitled Species Competition. It begins by exploring community assembly: how it is that particular physical environm...


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DOES COEXISTENCE EQUAL COMPETITION?

  Posted by rcraig , 19 September 2016 · 307 views







Not necessarily and, in fact, maybe not usually, especially in the temperate zone.  In this first video in the series The Living World (which follows the AP Environmental Science curriculum), the construction of an ecological community is explored.  It begins by exploring the curious case of the Louisiana (abo...


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WHY DO PLANTS HAVE COLORS?

  Posted by rcraig , 06 September 2016 · 381 views



Why do plants have colors?  Why do some plants grow in certain places and not others?  It has to do in large part with the properties of the soil that the plants grow in.  In the video Earth Systems and Resources: Soil Properties, which follows the national AP Environmental Science curriculum, these issues are investigated....


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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE VIDEO SERIES: SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES

  Posted by rcraig , 09 August 2016 · 459 views

The Portland, Connecticut floodplain of the Connecticut River experiencing a spring flood.The sixth video under the heading of Earth Systems and Resources begins by examining the effects of dikes on major rivers in directing flooding to more downriver areas.  This redirection potentially increases the degree of flooding at downriver points....


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CONNECTICUT’S LAST VIRGIN FOREST

  Posted by rcraig , 28 July 2016 · 1,132 views









The tree stumps so prominent in my 1976 plot were now gone without a trace.  They were leftovers from the 1938 hurricane, which passed nearly over this low hill overlooking the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Until that time, the site had been cloaked in a stand of old growth that had never bee...


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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE VIDEO SERIES: SEASONALITY AND ATMOSPHERICS

  Posted by rcraig , 24 July 2016 · 443 views

The southern Appalachians in April show the advance of seasons from flowering spring trees in valleys to the wintery spruce-fir forests of high elevations.





The forth full episode in the video series that covers all topics in the national AP Environmental Science curriculum is entitled Seasonality and Atmospherics.  It op...


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THE REMAINS OF A CONNECTICUT GRASSLAND: A FORTY YEAR HISTORY

  Posted by rcraig , 01 July 2016 · 794 views





The switchgrass-sedge grassland of Great Meadow is now largely invaded by cattails and reeds.

The birds were actually better this time around.  In June of 1976, pickings at Great Meadows in Essex, Connecticut were a bit slim, with gulls being among the most abundant species present.  Aside from the ubiquitous Common...


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VIDEO FOCUSES ON VOLCANISM

  Posted by rcraig , 05 April 2015 · 1,636 views

Anatahan Island before its catastrophic eruption.

The 30 minute video Volcanism explores one of the first topics covered in the national AP Environmental Science curriculum.  It begins by investigating the explosive volcanoes that border the "Ring of Fire" of the western Pacific.  It discusses not only the geological phenomena th...


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ODE TO THE ODDLY PARALLEL LIFE OF FRANCES PATRICIA MILLBURN

  Posted by rcraig , 07 December 2014 · 815 views



Parallel- to travel on the same course, out to eternity, but never intersecting.  If there were fair, then such things would not be, but with little evidence of fair, such things simply are.

I live in the aftermath of the life of Frances, or Trich with a c as she was known from childhood- by surviving accounts elegantly lovely...






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