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Dive In: On Line Expeditions
Dive in to our latest expeditions! For a quick overview of each mission before you take the plunge, see the descriptions found on this page!
http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/expeditions/index.html

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Biology Project: Gone Fishing
This is an excellent site for reinforcing data-gathering and scientific-reporting techniques as well as inquiry methods.
http://coolclassroom.org/cool_projects/lessons/biology/biology.html

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Deep Sea Invasion Matching Aliens With Impacts
In this interactive activity learners match the invasive species with the impact it caused. There are some surprises here. Who know an ant could harm so many crabs!
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/algae/matc-nf.html

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Hydrographic Surveying
This webpage explores the technique of hydrographic surveying. Hydrography is the science behind this information, and surveying is a primary method of obtaining hydrographic data.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/navigation/hydro/

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To Plant or Not to Plant
Learn about deserts, other biomes, and the plant life they support as you travel with Bill Botanist. Use the interactive game to help him determine which biome will be best for his plant specimens.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/

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Welcome to Falkland Islands
This is an interactive site on the Falkland Islands. It gives tourism information, environmental statistics, and information on the geography, geology, and wildlife of the islands. It has some very good photos & graphics and lots of good information.
https://www.falklandislands.com/

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What is ecosystem science?
Ecosystem science is the study of inter-relationships among the living organisms, physical features, bio-chemical processes, natural phenomena, and human activities in ecological communities. This webpage explains how NOAA's National Ocean Service focuses its efforts on ecosystems that are given importance by legislative and executive orders. These areas include coral reefs, estuaries, national marine sanctuaries, national estuarine research reserves, and other ocean ecosystems.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ecosci.html

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Ecosystems
In this quiz, you can test your knowledge of concepts related to ecosystems. There are 10 questions, and feedback is provided when you finish the quiz.
http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/science/ecosystems/quiz460.html

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Population size, density, & dispersal
This Khan Academy article explains terms associated with the study of populations. It also describes methods used to determine population size.
https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-ecology/hs-popul ...

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Endangered Ecosystems: A Scholastic Explorers Activity
By studying animals that live in three different endangered environments, students learn how ecosystems sustain wildlife.
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activities/teaching-content/endangered- ...

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Ecosystems: We're All in This together
See how the parts and pieces of an ecosystem work together in this information page from Nature Works.
http://www.nhptv.org/NatureWorks/nwepecosystems.htm

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Hot Topics: Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents
Tiny, single-celled bacteria comprise most life on this planet, yet we have discovered only about five percent of its diversity. We know even less about bacteria thriving at deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
https://divediscover.whoi.edu/hot-topics/bacteria-at-hydrothermal-vents/

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Ecosystems Concentration Game
Play this interactive concentration game to help you learn about ecosystems.
https://www.quia.com/cc/279041.html

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Ecosystems Quiz
Take this 20-question quiz to see how well you know ecosystems.
https://www.quia.com/quiz/247029.html

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Ecosystems Matching Game
Try this fun matching game to see if you can match the ecosystem terms to their definitions.
https://www.quia.com/mc/279041.html

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Exploiting the Urban Niche
You do not have to go out in the woods to study habitats and ecology. Here is a site that describes living things and their relationships in developed settings.
https://www.field-studies-council.org/urbaneco/urbaneco/introduction/opport ...

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Kilmer Tour
The form of ecological succession which occurs on abandoned farmland is referred to as old field succession.
http://bio.rutgers.edu/~gb102/lab_13/index.html

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Natural Ecosystem Change
Find out how an ecosystem naturally changes over time.
http://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/text.php?unit=4&secNum=9

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Mangrove Forests
Mangrove forests grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes near the equator where the sea surface temperatures never fall below 16°C. This webpage contains an overview the structure, locations, and ecosystem benefits of these forests. Also terms such as hypoxic (oxygen poor) soils and mangal (another name for mangrove) are introduced.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar06b ...

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How Wolves Change Rivers
This five-minute video examines a concept of trophic cascade. It is the top-down effect of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
https://vimeo.com/86466357

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Community and Ecosystem Dynamics
This page has definitions and examples of concepts such biomes, niches ecosystems, and communities.
http://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/BioBookcommecosys.ht ...

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Fermilab FLora and Fauna Exhibit
Fermilab flora and fauna databases Birds - Butterflies - Frogs - Insects - Plants Prairie panoramas and close-ups - photos Fermilab flora and fauna information Video and slides from the Particles and Prairies videodisc Plants - Animals - His
https://ed.fnal.gov/entry_exhibits/main_title.html

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Webs of Life
These pages are about "Webs of Life" — both the intricate network of plants and animals that depend upon one another for survival, and the life-bringing webs that spiders use to catch their prey.
http://www.units.miamioh.edu/dragonfly/webs/

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Biomes
Learn how humans have affected ecosystems and explore the many biomes of the world.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/index.php

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Marine Animals Living in Kelp Forests
What animals do kelp forests support?
https://australianmuseum.net.au/animals

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Vent Biology
Learn about the creatures that live at hydrothermal vents.
https://divediscover.whoi.edu/hydrothermal-vents/vent-life-2/

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Ecological Succession
Find an explanation of ecological succession and see examples that are based on British habitats.
http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/successn/index.htm

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Succession
Discover the stages of ecological succession.
http://www.scienceclarified.com/Sp-Th/Succession.html

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Ecological Succession - Summary
Learn about the two types of succession and the major points of this process.
http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/successn/summary.htm

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Tour of Biomes
Biomes are distinct ecological communities of plants and animals living together in a particular climate. Click here to learn about desert ecosystems and the unique organisms they support plus information on five other biomes of the world.
http://ete.cet.edu/modules/modules.html

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Biotic Ecosystem Components
All organisms require energy to live. Ecologists find it useful to model the feeding relationships as food webs, which provide an illustration of who eats whom in an ecological community.
http://www.biology.mcmaster.ca/

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Ecological Succession
Learn how ecosystems change over time and view a typical succession and pond succession sequence.
http://regentsprep.org/Regents/biology/units/ecology/ecological.cfm

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Glacier Bay: New Land
How do plants and animals recover a raw landscape? Scientists know by studying glaciers. When a glacier retreats, rapid revegitation occurs. Read more about plant and animal succession after the retreat of a glacier at this site.
https://www.nps.gov/glba/index.htm

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How do Ecosystems Change Naturally?
Here you will learn about the stages of succession that include primary, secondary and climax.
https://www.hunker.com/12364793/natural-disasters-that-affect-ecosystems

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From Niche to Biosphere
Niches, habitats, ecosystems -- this page explains each concept and how all three are related.
http://www.backyardnature.net/econiche.htm

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BioEd Online Presentation: Populations
Population density, dispersion patterns, survivorship, and limits on growth are all discussed in this web-based lecture. http://www.bioedonline.org/slides/slide01.cfm?tk=8 offers these PowerPoint slides for downloading.
http://www.bioedonline.org/presentations/interdependence_b/presentation-aud ...

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Community Ecology - Simulations
This page has two simulations on ecological communities; Barnacle Competition and Microcosm. Both simulations allow the student to manipulate many variables.
http://virtualbiologylab.org/community-ecology/#BarnacleCompetition

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National Ocean Service
Information on oceans that includes links to conservation of coral reefs, coastal decision making, ecosystem science, and topics in the news. In addtion, there are links to nautical charts, tide levels, job descriptions, and much, much more. Lessons are available by way of the education link on the top bar.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/

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Population Density: How Much Space Do We Have?
In this exercise, students determine the population density of their classroom. The lesson includes a detailed teacher's guide and printable handouts and worksheets.
https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/cub_bio_lesson01_activity1

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Habitat Alteration Module: Habitat Succession
This is a long-term project in which students will note changes in an area of land over a two-three month period. The lesson includes a teacher's guide and links to related websites.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/25182

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Ecosystem (Biome) Research
In this lesson, students investigate the abiotic and biotic factors of an assigned biome. They then explore the interactions between the biome's organisms and the influence of the abiotic factors.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37291

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pH Changes in a Small Ecosystem
In this pond water investigation, students investigate the effects of changes to the pH of the pond water on the organisms in the ecosystem. This page includes a teacher's manual and printable student worksheet.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37164

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What's the Limit?
In this activity, students investigate the effects of varying the amount of water on radish seedlings. The page includes a teacher's guide and a printable student worksheet.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37277

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Teacher Resource: Utah Ecosystems
This teacher resource contains 13 lessons investigating the characteristics of a variety of ecosystems. The lessons are complete with printable handouts and assessments.
https://www.uen.org/core/science/sciber/TRB4/V.shtml

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Flow of Energy in Ecosystems
In this section of an online textbook, students will find readings, video segments, graphics, vocabulary, activities, study guides, and a concept map. The resources focus on energy flow in food chains and food webs.
https://www.ck12.org/earth-science/flow-of-energy-in-ecosystems/

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Exploring the "Systems" in Ecosystems
In this lesson, students use a systems thinking approach to explore the biotic and abiotic components and processes of ecosystems.
https://witf.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.life.eco.lpexpecosyst ...

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Abiotic and Biotic Factors
This is a two-part lesson. In the first part, students use a Venn diagram to sort a list of environmental factors. In the second part, students go to outside school grounds and identify abiotic and biotic factors.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/1997

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Abiotic vs Biotic
In this lesson a variety of abiotic and biotic objects are covered by a box or a bag, students make observations and classify each object. The lesson includes a printable worksheet.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37290

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Analyzing An Ecosystem Field Trip
In this lesson, students design the procedure for data collection of an ecosystem. They then collect and analyze the data. This activity includes a printable version.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37288

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Exploring the Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Habitats
An interdisciplinary scientific team spent 12 days exploring deep sea coral habitats in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The occurrence of deep water corals in the Gulf of Mexico has been documented for some time, and evidence gained on this voyage indicates
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/03mex/welcome.html

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Chemosynthetic Life in the Gulf of Mexico
Read about an interdisciplinary team of scientists exploring the communities of animals found around deep-sea oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/02mexico/welcome.html

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Biodiversity Counts
Biodiversity Counts is a middle school science program created by the American Museum of Natural History. It gets students out of the classroom and into the field to study biodiversity at a site near their school.
https://www.amnh.org/learn/biodiversity_counts/

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Backwards Predator-Prey Relationship
In this lesson, students study the lynx-hare relationship. Students analyze a graph for this predator-prey relationship over 90 years.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37294

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Creating An Ecosystem
In this lesson, students create a hypothetical ecosystem based on a random set of abiotic factors. The lesson includes the necessary printable materials.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/37283

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Interactive Ecology Lab
This simulation allows the learner to put producers and consumers into an ecosystem that was previously destroyed. Run the simulator and record the changing population numbers.
https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/interactives/ecology/producers_1.php

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Primary and Secondary Succession in America's Forests
In this activity, students will have an opportunity to experience video footage that will take them to several different North American Forests while learning about the concepts associated with succession in both natural and disturbed environments.
http://www.pbs.org/program/american-field-guide/

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What Goes Around Comes Around!
In this activity, students construct an ecosystem in a jar. The page includes a detailed teacher's guide and printable instructions.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/1797

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Pond Water Ecology and Habitat
In this investigation, students examine and analyze pond water from three different sources. The page includes a printable, detailed teacher's guide.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/25172

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Habitat Alterations of a Riparian Ecosystem
This lesson gives details for a field trip to the Jordan River in Utah. It can be modified for other rivers. The page includes a detailed teacher's guide and links to related websites.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/25173

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Journey North - Global Study of Wildlife Migration
The Journey North project tracks wildlife migration and seasonal changes using information provided by classrooms in the Northern hemisphere.
https://journeynorth.org/

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Ecosystems — lesson plan from DiscoverySchool
Gather leaves from a survey tract on your school yard to assess both diversity of present species and diversity within a single species. This DiscoverySchool lesson can be used with or without the suggested video.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/ecosystems.cfm

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Communities and Biomes
Discover many activities, labs, and links for teaching communities and biomes.
http://www.nclark.net/CommunitiesBiomes.html

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American Field Guide - Teacher Resources
American Field Guide is a tremendous resource for you and your students. Embedded within this site you will find lesson plans that weave segments of video together into units of inquiry around specific topics. There are 19 different lessons.
http://www.pbs.org/program/american-field-guide/

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Discover the importance of diverse forest ecosystems
In this activity students will distinguish types of forests, identify forest layers, and discuss use of forested lands.
https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/documents/poster-contest/2007.pdf

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Utah's Amazing Ecosystems
In this research project, students investigate the factors resulting in the diversity of ecosystems in Utah. The page includes helpful links and a printable version.
https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/2012

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Food for Thought
This is a ten-page PDF unit on populations. In this activity, students model populations from the world's major regions. The activity addresses food and energy consumption and population density. The lesson includes a detailed teacher's guide, necessary information, and printable student materials.
https://populationeducation.org/sites/default/files/food_for_thought.pdf

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Antartica
Use these experiments to answer these questions: Does the presence of salt in an iceberg make the iceberg more or less buoyant (floatable)? Does the size of an iceberg affect its buoyancy (floatability)?
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/antarctica.cfm

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The Wild Ones
Learn a new way of thinking about the environment. How can the wild habitat be protected and preserved and still take into account how humans themselves need to use the landscape to survive? There is a link with lesson plans.
https://www.ecohealthalliance.org/

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Natural Resources, The Environment and Ecosystems
These activities will help students become more aware of how plants, animals, and humans interact with ecosystems.
http://extension.illinois.edu/ecosystems/index.html

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Education on Gulf of Mexico Explorations
Read a description of each lesson plan on chemosynthetic communitites and/or download them to your computer. Lessons are for grouped for grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12.
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/02mexico/background/edu/educati ...

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Art to Zoo: Contrasts in Blue
Students are introduced to the ecosystems of coral reefs of the Caribbean and the rocky coastline of Maine in order to show how these ecosystems are each unique, but also related. Emphasis is placed on the formation of these environments and the organisms that call each marine environment home.
http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/contrast/index.html

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Ecoystem Scientists
Read about three scientists that study ecosystems. Each scientist's specialty is described.
https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/unit_sci.php?unit=4

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Ecological Succession: Change is Good
This is a nine-minute video on how ecosystems change in a response to a disturbance.
https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/crash-course-bio-ecology/crash- ...

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succession in the Forest
This is a worksheet in which students determine the steps in succession of a boreal forest. In addition, students analyze human and natural disturbances on an ecosystem.
http://www.menifee.k12.ky.us/userfiles/28/Classes/136/Stages20in20Successio ...

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Ecological Succession
This page has a very good three-minute video on primary succession. The video shows how a lava flow gradually becomes a forest.
https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/ecological-succession

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A Career in Ecology
This five-minute video examines a career in ecology. Several ecologists explain why they chose this career.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=jH40BQxlzhA

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Population Density and Graphing
This is a 16-page PDF lesson on population density. It includes background information, necessary links, and printable student worksheets.
https://www.pdx.edu/geography-education/sites/www.pdx.edu.geography-educati ...

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The Story Behind the Yellowstone Fires of 1988
This is an eleven-minute video of a news report on the naturally occurring fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=CAgP9fo3f7s

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Ecosystem Glossary
This page contains twenty common vocabulary terms associated with the study of ecosystems.
https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/unit_gloss.php?unit=4

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Natural Ecosystem Change
This page discusses succession of ecosystems. It contains an image of a typical forest succession. It also has a table of characteristics for developing and mature ecosystems.
https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/text.php?unit=4&secNum=9

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The Intertidal Zone
The Enchanted Learning Biome, the Intertidal Zone, provides the user with background information on the intertidal zone and its conditions as well as provides the user with printable coloring sheets and the natural history of a variety of its inhabitants.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/intertidal/intertidal.shtml

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Loss of Wetlands: Subsidence
Use this activity to help students define subsidence and understand the resulting effects on wetlands. The activity also introduces students to global warming and sea level rise as factors in wetland loss.
https://www.lacoast.gov/new/Ed/Default.aspx

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Food Webs In The Bay
This lesson studies the plants and animals that comprise the aquatic ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. It contains links to several relevant sites and can be adapted to any bay ecosystem.
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/food-webs-in-the-bay/

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Secrets of the Ocean Realm
This website allows students to see how much they have learned about the populations of the Ocean Realm. After the quiz is completed, feedback on answers is given online, and the reason for the correct answer is stated.The quizzes are eight-questions lon
http://www.pbs.org/oceanrealm/quiz/index.html

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The Living Edens: Denali Park
This site provides excellent infromation and lesson plans with assessment on habitat, populations, and food chains.
http://www.pbs.org/edens/denali/

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Populations
This is an eleven-minute Bozeman Science video. Mr. Anderson explains the interactions of populations in an ecosystem. He adds neutralism and amensalism explanations to the classic symbiosis relationships.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=KFViSog6ZJw

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Biological Communities of Alaska Seamounts
In this lesson, students will infer why biological communities on seamounts are likely to contain unique or endemic species and given species occurrence data, calculate an index of similarity between two biological communities.
https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/02alaska/background/edu/media/b ...

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Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession
After learning about succession, students will show their knowledge by placing the stages of succession in order and describing the changes in an ecosystem during the stages.
https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/examining_stages_succession.html

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How Wolves Changed a River
This is a four-minute video on the positive impact of introducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=ysa5OBhXz-Q

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Ecological Succession of the Climax Forest
This is six-minute animated video on how rock and sand can eventually change to a forest.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=k03vxRYsJ4Y

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Bog Succession
This is an animation of bog succession through 7,000 years.
https://www.wiley.com/college/strahler/0471480533/animations/ch23_animation ...

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Communities
Learn how to make a variety of communities that can be used for observation in the classroom.
http://www.uq.edu.au/_School_Science_Lessons/UNBiology2.html#8.1.0

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Pond Succession
This is a five-minute video on a pond changing into a terrestrial ecosystem.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=UsiEcapJ3KU

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Pond Succession
This three-minute video is a narrated series of photographs and illustrations on changes that take place during pond succession.
http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=fYC5v5d0-jA

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How Do Ecosystems Change Naturally? Living things change as their environment changes. Click on these web pages to see examples of succession and to find out more about these changes.

 

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