Hydrothermal Vents : Vent Basics Hydrothermal Vents Photos courtesy of: W. Lange (WHOI), R. The Census on Google Earth — Census of Marine Life Maps and Visualization Every week the latest Census discoveries are added to Google Earth, the 3-D geographic explorer from Google. Census waterdrop icons mark the location where researchers have been exploring. Google Earth lets you share the excitement of Census of Marine Life explorations as scientists uncover the mysteries of what lives below the surface of the global ocean. A world of marine discoveries including 50 different kinds of Arctic jellies, a colossal sea star, and Antarctica’s biggest-ever amphipod and other interesting, rare, and new marine species can be found. Or one can follow along on scientific explorations to the coldest, saltiest water on the planet or to a new ocean environment created by an ice shelf break the size of Jamaica or to the hottest hydrothermal vent ever discovered—hot enough to melt lead!
Wood - Peter Lloyd Wood - what a fantastic material. Made from sunshine, water and time. Beautiful, strong, resilient and endlessly varied. And it's carbon neutral! What better material to make an heirloom box to be passed down through generations, a jewellery box for a very special present, or a simple gift that will be treasured. Marine Biodiversity What is Biological Diversity or Biodiversity? Biodiversity or biological diversity is defined by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity as: The variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia [among other things], terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part: this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. This convention was ratified by all countries worldwide with the exception of: Andorra, Brunei Darussalam, the Holy See, Iraq, Somalia, Timor-Leste, and the United States of America.
Life in Extreme Environments Studies of artificial sea ice provide considerable insight into the 3-D arrangement of pores in sea ice and furthermore allow us to scrutinize the pore/ice-matrix morphologies that are associated with the segregation of pore space into isolated pockets. More important, warming of samples from in-situ temperatures to higher values allows an assessment of the increase in pore size and shape without interfering with the sample. Image analysis of these data sets indicates that pores typically increase in vertical elongation rather than horizontal cross-section upon warming and that they furthermore link up into connected, larger pores associated with a decrease in pore number. This finding is consistent with the notions discussed above. However, the issue of scale plays an important role here, since MRI in this case provides a resolution of at best around 60 to 100 µm.
Learning Styles - Learning skills from MindTools Understanding Your Learning Preference Understand different learning styles, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic? If so, you may have experienced a clash of learning styles: your learning preferences and those of your instructor or audience may not have been aligned. When this occurs, not only is it frustrating for everyone, the communication process breaks down and learning fails.
International Human Dimensions Programme The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is a research programme that studies the human and societal aspects of the phenomenon of global change. IHDP aims to frame, develop and integrate social science research on global change, and promote the application of its key findings. It strives to develop research approaches that put societies at the center of the debate, looking at current global environmental problems as social and societal challenges. IHDP’s work brings together groups of multi-disciplinary and multi-national researchers to work on long-term collaborative science. It’s major role within the scientific field is providing leadership in the selection and development of themes for focused research and in stimulating scientific communities to coordinate their efforts on these themes within the framework of its projects.
micro*scope - version 6.0 - March, 2006 July 2007: Micro*scope affiliates with the Encyclopedia of Life . Cameos: 4 sets of images for screen savers available. (1) various microbes from the Microbial Life digital library ; (2) marine microbes brought to you by the International Census of Marine Microbes , (3) microbes from extreme habitats brought to you by the NASA Astrobiology Institute , and (4) microbial imagery from the Bay Paul Center . Instructions here. is a communal web site that provides descriptive information about all kinds of microbes. It combines locally assembled content with links to other expert sites on the internet. Information is assembled in collections provided by various contributors.
List of concept- and mind-mapping software Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking. There are a number of software packages and websites that allow the creation of, or otherwise support mind maps. File format
Earth system science Earth system science seeks to integrate various fields of academic study to understand the Earth as a system. It considers interaction between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere (geosphere), biosphere, and heliosphere. In 1996, the American Geophysical Union, in cooperation with the Keck Geology Consortium and with support from five divisions within the National Science Foundation, convened a workshop "to define common educational goals among all disciplines in the Earth sciences." In its report, participants noted that, "The fields that make up the Earth and space sciences are currently undergoing a major advancement that promotes understanding the Earth as a number of interrelated systems."
SIMPLE ORGANISMS AND ECHINODERMS sponge Porous multicell organism, mostly marine (currently about 5,000 species); it anchors itself to a support and filters water to take in food particles. anatomy of a sponge pinacocyte Flat ectodermal cell forming the outer covering of the sponge. spongocoel Speed-Reading - Study Skills from MindTools Learning to Read More Efficiently Learn how to speed read, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Think about how much reading you do every day. Perhaps you read the newspaper to catch up with what's going on in the world. You browse countless emails from colleagues. And you then read the books, reports, proposals, periodicals, and letters that make up an average day.