NSDL teaching resources related to “environment”

The issue-focused, peer-reviewed article alerts readers to how rising population growth can lessen our quality of life because it: destroys resources, such as water and forests, needed to sustain us, slows the dynamics of a healthy economy, and decreases the level of biodiversity upon which we depend.

Population and the Environment: The Global Challenge

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You are going to complete an environmental health risk inventory of your neighborhood or hometown. Before you get started, you may want to review the terminology and familiarize yourself with environmental health …

How Healthy is Your Neighborhood Activity

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In this article, Penelope Boston examines the limits of life in a variety of Earth’s extreme environments as well as the connection to possible extraterrestrial life. Also included are a number of recommended links and resources.

The Search for Extremophiles on Earth and Beyond

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This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the role of extremophiles in astrobiology followed by brief descriptions of Mars, the moons of Jupiter, and Panspermia. This is the second part of a two-part article. A link is directed to part one, which discusses the biomarkers of life; introduces extremophiles in general; and explores life in dry environments.

Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2

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Corals, like other living animals, require a particular range of environmental conditions to survive. In this lab, students examine sea surface temperature, depth, salinity, and aragonite saturation data to discover coral reefs’ favored environments.

Lab 4: Finding Coral's Ideal Environment

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Behavior and Environment is a lesson plan on how organisms adapt to their environment. Student objectives are to understand that behavior is the pattern of activities an organism develops in response to its environment and that innate and learned behavior differ. The lesson plan provides objectives, skills, time required, content outline, materials, significant terms, activities, questions for the class, and a glossary.

Behavior and Environment (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)

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During the 1920s Robert E. Park (1864–1944) and Ernest W. Burgess (1886–1966) developed a distinctive program of urban research in the sociology department at the University of Chicago. In numerous research projects focused on the city of Chicago, Park and Burgess elaborated a theory of urban ecology which proposed that cities were environments like those found in nature, governed by many of the same forces of Darwinian evolution that affected natural ecosystems. The most important of these forces was competition.

Robert Park and Ernest Burgess: Urban Ecology Studies, 1925

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Meade synthesized ideas from anthropology, ecology, medicine and demography to construct an integrated model of the core dimensions of medical geography. The model suggested that health was the result of interactions between the three dimensions of population, environment, and culture.

Melinda S. Meade: Medical Geography and Human Ecology, 1977

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