Thursday, February 12, 2009


Today we talked about some of the tools that we will use to collect data about our local ecosystems.  The barometer, the Kestrel (wind meter), and the sling psychrometer are tools for studying the weather.  We will use these tools, and others, when we work to analyze our local ecosystem and work to discover the problems that exist there.  

BlogWork

Find the link for "Environment Videos."

On the right side, click the link for "Freshwater."

Watch one of the videos. 

Write a paragraph response to the video (what was it about, what were some of the most important points).

16 comments:

Beck said...

I watched the video about the Tahoe River. It was talking about how what an amazing river it used to be before the miners that came into the area pushed out the Washoe tribe. They started to pollute the land and river. Now there are tourists that come into the area and still pollute. This is an incredible river that deservers to be saved and the way to get that done is listening to the Washoe tribe.

dylster said...

I watched the video about the anti-whailing activists who reportedly rammed a jappenese whaling boat. The activists stated that they were shot by another jappenese boat ad drifted into the whailing boat. This is not the first time the anti whailing activists, "Sea Sheppard Conservation Society" on their boat, the "Steve Irwin". They had benn repeatedly sloshing jappenese whaling boats with melted rancid butter. In return they have been hit with large heaps of metal, high velocity water cannons, and military grade noise devices which can cause vomiting and deafness. The jappanese intend to kill over 1010 whales this coming year and the "sea sheppards" are claiming that they are claiming this as research, but have the intent to sell them for money before or after they study them.

An Old Fat Chicken (MikeXD) said...

I saw the video about cleaning up The Great Lakes. It is basically about how two degrees or parts of the planet; Industry and The Environment can work together. Unfortunately that's starting to ware off and the lake is getting polluted (mainly the sediment at the bottom.) It's a very common phenomenon. But to save the lake and environment, they say it would cost billions and billions of dollars. Will they save the lake? Or will they just be selfish and not spend their money?

Mike

brodie said...

An anemometer is a wind meter. A kestrel measures barometric pressure, temperature and wet bulb temperature. It is not just a wind meter.

Logan Howe said...

The video about the white sturgeon was interesting. It was about the white sturgeon and how people are conserving the species and also catching and releasing the fish they catch. The sturgeon live in the Fraser river in Canada.

Vashti? said...

I watched the video on Lake Tahoe, it talked about the wonders of the area and the lake, also about the Washoe tribe. The elders of this tribe tell stories of how things used to be, before the miners came, before the resorts. How the Washoe Tribe cared for the waters and respected it. But now they have less power and are not being listened to,the population grows ever year and the waters are noticeable changing nobody. The Washoe tribe is being ignored and if we don't recognized whats going on soon then it maybe harder to reverse or even impossible.

Quiet.Lady said...

i watched the video about saving lake erie. they reduced the amout of waste & pollutant that was being dumped into lake erie. in the lake they found a type of algae that you come across when you have too many nutrients. there is a specfic place called the "dead zone". in the summer the oxygen levels drop very low and fish tend to suffocate.
-Chelsea

Redrum said...

Lake Tahoe used to be a natural beauty, and while still appealing to the eye, it gets worse as time goes by. Once being inhabited by the Native Americans, it has been used since for various mining activities and later tourism. The Indians took little from the lake and did little damage in return, the mining did extensive damage, and now the water has gone from clear to a dark blue green. While some of the Washoe tribe still remain, their efforts are not enough.

jakehp55 said...

I watched about Lake Tahoe. It was about how wonderful the area was, before it was used for mining and tourism. The area is occupied by the Washoe tribe of Native Americans. The tribe elders tell stories of how the lake used to be, how they respected it and cared for it. Now however, they are unable to care for it due to the mining and tourism that is happening, and the tourists continue to pollute the Tahoe and do not listen to the Washoe. It really deserves to listen, and there are people who are willing to do it! Why keep ruining our environment, tourists? Somebody needs to step up and DO something!

Mr. Nice Guy said...

I watched the video about the white sturgeon. After watching I must say how it is important to conserve an endagered species. If we don't then we might not be able to see that species again. Thats the same thing with what the people in the video were doing. Since the white sturgeon was an endagered species and was being overfished they had to save them from extinction. They don't reproduce very quickly. They live in parts of fresh water and salt water rivers.

pipeorganist13 said...

I watched the video about the white sturgeon if that is how you spell that and some of the main points were that it is a rare fish that needs to be tagged so they can keep track of where it goes. it doesn't mature until about 30 or 40 so it is really really rare to see this "mega fish" so they have been seen washed up dead on the shores of the river. they can live in fresh or salt water and i think that is cool. So that is what i learned.

Anonymous said...

Diggy Dog D

The video that i watched was about fishing giant white sturgeon. They are huge awesome looking fish, The biggest in the lake. I think that endangered species should be preserved because if not they'll be extinct.

Cassie said...

The video I watched was about how the anti-whaling boat crashed into the japanese whaling boat in an act the japanese deemed "unforgivable" though no one was injured. The anti-whaling ship's crew was part of the Sea Sheppard Conservation Society and their boat was called Steve Irwin. Their side of the story was that they were trying to prevent the Japanese boat from pulling a whale onboard when another boat cut in front of the Steve Irwin causing the crash. The Japanese boat said that it was a "deliberate ramming" and that even though no one got hurt it could've been fatal. The Steve Irwin crew spent their time while the boats were still connected by throwing bottles of rancid butter at the Japanese boat. In retaliation the Japanese started using water cannons, hunks of metal, and worst of all a military weapon that can cause vomiting and loss of hearing on the activists. The Japanese proclaimed them terrorists and plan to whale about 985 whales this season some think this is commercial whaling which was banned in 1936.

When I was watching this video about how they were fighting I was thinking about how they were acting like little kids just with different much worse weapons.

MX3 said...

i wached the video about the conosaga river, it was about a river that had some how managed to preserve its natural beauty and some natural species of plant and animal, such as a thought to be extinct type of mussel but that mussel is dieing out do too an unknown type of pullutant so this video is about what people are doing to save this mussel and preserve this river.

Twilight Apple 05 said...

The video I watched was the one about coral reefs. The video talked about how coral reefs start, (as just one pollup) and then growing in diameter, coral reefs can be feet long, and stretch for miles. The biggest and longest coral reef on earth is the Great Barrier reef, located off the north coast of australia. The single pollups that are only a few millimeters, grow about a half an inch a year on the skeletal remains of the old coral reefs that have since died out. Coral reefs are home to many different kinds of fish, and plants. They all get their food from coral reefs. But Coral Reefs are endangered now, due to the climate change. Pollution is playing a big part, as well as overfishing. There are scientists now who are doing their best to protect and preserve coral reefs from the impact that man has made on the environment.

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