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How does nature reuse materials?

Materials on Earth are used and reused by living things. Click on these web pages to see how water, soil, air, and other materials are recycled. Get some ideas for your own investigations.
 
 

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Title: Living Environment: Human Impact
Description: This site looks at three topics in terms of the effects of human activity: interrelationships, technological developments, and improvements. There are many graphics and questions at the end to check your understanding.
URL: http://regentsprep.org/Regents/biology/units/humanimpac ...

Title: Non-Hazardous Waste: Municipal Solid Waste
Description: Learn the basics about the trash we throw away everyday and what you can do to help reduce the amount.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/basic-solid.htm

Title: Worm Farm
Description: This five-minute video is narrated by a young student. He explains his interest in recycling and how he built his worm farm.
URL: http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/wormfarm.html

Title: Garbage
Description: Find out how communities can deal with the kinds of garbage that we all generate. Take quiz on your knowledge of how to deal with common objects that may pose a hazard.
URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html

Title: Humans and their environment
Description: What effects do farming, fishing, and industry have on the environment? This site explores the effects, and there is a quiz at the end to check your knowledge.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa_p ...

Title: Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
Description: People in the U.S. create more waste and use more resources than can be broken down by nature or replaced. Learn how waste is handled, how to reduce the amount of waste created and test your knowledge about hazardous waste.
URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html

Title: Atlas of the Biosphere: Human Impacts
Description: Here you will find maps of an ever-growing number of environmental variables, and this one shows the human impacts on our planet, including built-up land, population growth, and oil use.
URL: http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php?catnum=1

Title: Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures
Description: This page contains data from 1995 to 2012 on generation, recovery, and disposal of municipal solid waste in the United States.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/municipal/msw99.htm

Title: Human Impacts
Description: This page has is examples of how the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Resources cooperates with partners to conserve and recover protected marine species by minimizing human impacts. An excellent resource for up-to-date information.
URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/impacts.htm

Title: Plants Clean Waste Water and Grow Better
Description: Discover how Paul Adler, a horticulturist at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia uses plants to clean up waste water from fish farms.
URL: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/water/story1/fishwastef ...

Title: Dumptown Game
Description: You are Dumptown's new City Manager! When you start to play, you'll see Dumptown at its worst — it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused. Can you initiate programs to Dumptown’s citizens to recycle and reduce waste?
URL: http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/gameintro.htm

Title: If Trash Could Talk
Description: What does your trash say about you? Take a close look inside your trash can and think about the clues it offers about your life.
URL: http://www.amnh.org/ology/features/stufftodo_arch/trash ...

Title: Municipal Solid Waste
Description: This page contains excellent information and graphs on the generation and recycling of municipal solid wastes.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/municipal/index.htm

Title: Mapping the Biosphere
Description: If you're trying to find information on how humans have affected the earth, here are maps on a variety of topics, including land use, water resources, population issues, and ecosystems. You can compare data from each continent, too.
URL: http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php

Title: Recycle City
Description: Discover ways recycling can help the environment and find out how much the recycling programs can cost a city.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/

Title: Hidden Reasons
Description: Discover the hidden reasons to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/k00-001.pdf

Title: Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
Description: This is a 2010 new article about Japan recycling valuable metals and minerals from stockpiles of used electronics.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/business/global/05rec ...

Title: The Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball
Description: View the life cycle of a soccer ball — from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your old soccer ball and soccer gear when you’re finished with them.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/life-soccer. ...

Title: Recycler-opoly
Description: Cycle your way through the quiz to test your knowledge of nature's recyclers.
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/newurl.html

Title: Solid Waste and Recycling
Description: Learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Find out how to reduce the amount of garbage produced in your home and put waste in its place.
URL: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnr/kidsweb/solid_waste_main ...

Title: Recycling Resources
Description: This site is on recycling, composting and other environmental issues.
URL: http://dnr.wi.gov/newurl.html

Title: How Plasma Converters Work
Description: Plasma is more than just the fourth state of matter. This article describes how plasma "torches" can be used to treat various forms of waste materials, converting them to their basic elements.
URL: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/p ...

Title: Waste Not, Want Not: Fungi as Decomposers
Description: Fungi and bacteria are the major organisms decomposing dead leaves and other organic matter. Here you will learn about the process of decomposition. Then take a trip to a sanitary landfill to see how they are kept safe for use in the environment.
URL: http://herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/Decay.htm

Title: Earth 911
Description: Recycling is in the news! Here you will discover new and innovative ways to recycle, interesting articles about recycling plans and concerns, and recycling ideas that will help the planet.
URL: http://www.earth911.com/

Title: Pack a Waste-Free Lunch
Description: Learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in your school lunch and how to organize a waste-free lunch day at your school.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/lunch.pdf

Title: The Life Cycle of a CD or DVD
Description: Do you ever stop to think about how CDs and DVDs are made, what materials are used, or what happens to these discs when you don’t want them any more? This poster will help you follow the life cycle of a CD or DVD.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/finalposter. ...

Title: Cell Phone Life Cycle
Description: Follow the life-cycle diagram to learn moreabout cell phones, their parts, and their potential impact on the environment...
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/life-cell.pd ...

Title: Case of the Broken Loop
Description: Follow the detective through each of the activities to learn more about reducing waste and conserving resources.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/4-6.pdf

Title: Human Impacts on Antarctica and Threats to the Environment
Description: How have various types of human activity affected the Antarctic? This page looks at the effects of tourism, scientific research, and global issues.
URL: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica fact file/scie ...

Title: National Ocean Service
Description: National Ocean Service translates science, tools and services into action to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion and contaminants in the environment. Oceans, coasts, charting and navigation are the main ideas. Historical Hurricane Tracker can generate customize maps based on previous data.
URL: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/

Title: Human Impacts in the African Rain Forest: What Can We Do?
Description: This lesson asks students to examine the human impacts that conservationist Michael Fay noticed on his Congo Trek, and Africa MegaFlyover projects as well as the areas that are so far free from human impacts.Page is well organized and easy to follow.
URL: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/archive/xpediti ...

Title: Municipal Solid Waste: Secondary Curriculum
Description: This page has links to eight hands-on activities guiding students through waste management strategies.
URL: https://www.plt.org/municipal-solid-waste

Title: Wastes - Educational Materials
Description: This page has classroom resources on waste issues for grades K-12. It is divided into elementary, middle school, and high school lessons.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/index.htm

Title: Human Impact
Description: Satellite technology shows us how the earth is affected by ozone depletion, desertification, deforestation, floods, dams, and overpopulation. There are many videos and graphics.
URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/impact.html

Title: Waste-Free Lunches
Description: Check this site if you're looking for a class project related to recycling and the environment, including trash audits and suggestions for getting the students, parents, and the community involved.
URL: http://www.wastefreelunches.org/

Title: Leaky Landfills
Description: Students learn about different types of landfills, construct a model of a landfill, and investigate potential sources of water pollution associated with landfills.
URL: http://www.servicelearning.org/sites/default/files/down ...

Title: Clothes on the Grow
Description: Students will gain an understanding of fiber production, fiber processing, and careers. Students will gain an appreciation for the agricultural system that provides their clothes, home furnishings, paper, and numerous other items.
URL: http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=193

Title: Build a Mini-Landfill
Description: Construct a small-scale replica of a landfill and observe how little decomposition occurs in this type of setting.
URL: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/service/massde ...

Title: Recycling
Description: Let your students dream up a product that uses only biodegradable materials, and then test their marketing skills by having them sell it to their classmates.
URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson- ...

Title: Saving Humpty Dumpty
Description: Students will describe how shoe design, manufacturing, retailing, consumer use, and disposal impact environments and societies. Students will discuss ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle resources in the life-cycle for a shoe product. Students will investi
URL: http://mypages.iit.edu/~smile/chbi0800.htm

Title: Waste - Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go?
Description: What kinds of waste does your classroom produce? Where does it go? Here is a lesson plan that has your students determine the types of waste produced in your classroom (glass, paper, etc.), and then learn about where this waste goes.
URL: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/enved/Rec_Lesso ...