Chapter 15: The Biosphere

Earth System

Article that gives some examples of interactions among Earth’s spheres

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/dynamic/session4/sess4_interactions.htm

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/dynamic/session4/sess4_interactions.htm

(Main Idea: The biosphere is the portion of Earth that is inhabited by life.)

Climate Map

Clickable map showing detailed climate data for cities around the world

http://www.climate-charts.com/World-Climate-Index-Map.html

http://www.climate-charts.com/World-Climate-Index-Map.html

(Main Idea: Climate is the prevailing weather of a region.)

Biomes

High-quality video collections that give a feel for the flora and fauna of every biome

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats

(Main Idea: Earth has six major biomes.)

Arctic Life

Photo essay documenting the search for life under the Arctic ice

http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-stories/under-arctic-ice

http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-stories/under-arctic-ice

(Main Idea: Polar ice caps and mountains are not considered biomes.)

Marine Ecosystems

Video describing the importance of ocean ecosystems

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/environment/habitats-environment/habitats-oceans-env/why-ocean-matters.html

(Main Idea: The ocean can be divided into zones.)

Marine Life

Video footage from a 10-year quest to inventory ocean species

http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-videos/mosaic-ocean-habitats-video-national-geographic-and-census-marine-life

(Main Idea: The ocean can be divided into zones.)

Coral Reefs

Video featuring the biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/environment/habitats-environment/habitats-oceans-env/coral-reefs.html

(Main Idea: Coastal waters contain unique habitats.)

Brackish Ecosystem

Slideshow about the findings from a research expedition to the brackish Baltic Sea

http://ocean.si.edu/slideshow/biodiversity-baltic-sea

(Main Idea: Coastal waters contain unique habitats.)

Estuary Ecosystem

Interactive poster illustrating several estuarine wetland species

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/wetlands/poster.html

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/wetlands/poster.html

(Main Idea: Estuaries are dynamic environments where rivers flow into the ocean.)

Watershed

Interactive tutorial describing the ecosystems that make up the Green Swamp, an ecologically significant watershed in Florida

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/interactive/greenswamp/greenswamp.html

(Main Idea: Freshwater ecosystems include moving and standing water.)

Lake Ecosystem

Interactive satellite map of Great Salt Lake with information about its many microenvironments

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/gsl/micro/

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/gsl/micro/

(Main Idea: Ponds and lakes share common features.)