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Drain the Ocean

"Three-quarters of Earth is an alien world, lying beneath the surface of the oceans. And although it encompasses over half of the world's species, we know more about the surface of Mars than the bottom of the ocean. It's only recently that science has penetrated this world, revealing extraordinary life forms and vast sweeping landscapes on a scale that defies imagination"--Container.
Clemons (Stacks)

Beneath the Sea [electronic resource]

Profile of ocean explorer Bob Ballard. Alan Alda joins Bob Ballard's undersea exploration team as they explore the deep sea.
2005; 2000

The Blue Planet [electronic resource]

Presents new revelations about the oceans, the last unexplored frontier on earth, from space by scientists aboard the space shuttle and by scientists diving to the depths of the middle ocean to examine rare life forms. Covers cycles of weather, aquatic weather, the Gulf Stream, concentrations of plankton and coral reefs. Introduces technological innovations that are used in studying the ocean and its creatures.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Damian Palin - Mining Minerals From Seawater

The world needs fresh water - so much so that more and more, we're pumping it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing TEDtalk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.

Acid Threatens Ocean Life [electronic resource]

The effects of greenhouse gases on the atmosphere and temperatures are well documented. Their effects on the oceans and marine life continue to be discovered. This ABC News report looks at the acidification of the oceans and how carbonic acid is reducing the shellfish population. A hatchery in Oregon finds oysters unable to grow shells due to the acid levels of the Pacific Ocean.

Mother of Pearl Divulges Environment [electronic resource]

Shells can provide whispers of ocean history.

Saving Troubled Coral Reefs [electronic resource]

Scientists study cause of coral bleaching.

The Ocean in Peril [electronic resource]: Alanna Mitchell

This episode of The Green Interview features Alanna Mitchell, an award-winning Canadian author, journalist and speaker on environmental science, conservation and sustainability. After nearly two decades as an investigative journalist, Mitchell perfected her gift for decoding the complicated language of science and translating it into the emotional narrative of everyday life. Her latest book, "Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean," interweaves scientific concepts with firsthand accounts and fieldwork stories to examine the ecological crisis facing the world's oceans-and how we're altering temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, and the very life within them.

MyPlate [electronic resource]: Understanding the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans

When the USDA replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate, the goal was to simplify dietary recommendations by providing at-a-glance guidelines without having to weigh and measure at every meal. This program explores the key concepts of MyPlate and how it correlates to the more detailed Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including portion sizes, proportions, food group choices, and caloric balance. The video explains why it's a good idea to fill half your plate with produce, and even breaks down which vegetables edge out others in terms of fiber and nutrients. Stressing the impact of poor eating habits on health, it discusses fat and salt intake, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and whole versus refined and enriched grains - and suggests seafood and other protein choices beyond just mea [...]

Waves, Tides, and the Coastal Environments [electronic resource]

From the gentle ebb and flow of a neap tide to the crashing force of mammoth breakers, the Earth's ocean waters are constantly at work, shaping and eroding beaches, fjords, sea cliffs, and other geographical features. This program shows how waves, currents, and tides interact dynamically with the planet's coastal environments. Presenting vital information on emergent and submergent coastlines, the video shows how gravitational pull influences tides, how waves form, and how refraction affects the impact of wave energy on the shore. While viewers learn about many gradual coastline-changing processes, they will also explore more abrupt changes to the landscape caused by seismic activity, volcanic eruptions, and other forces. Biomes such as coral reef systems and mangrove habitats are al [...]

Waste Disposal [electronic resource]

Household waste can cause pollution of all kinds, but more and more of these wastes can be recycled effectively and economically. The result is reduced pollution and a useful new source of raw materials and energy. Hospital waste disposal presents the additional problems of contaminated waste, which is a series of problems depending on the nature of the waste: contaminated blood waste, for example, requires different treatment from radioactive waste. Finally, there is animal waste, which is natural enough but nevertheless the cause of pollution if it is not properly treated. The program also shows how pig waste is treated.
2009; 1994

Water [electronic resource]: Molecular Substance

Using computer-generated animations, this program clearly demonstrates the structures and changes of state in water-specifically in ice melting, in water evaporating, and in water boiling-all at the molecular level. Each demonstration scientifically clarifies student misconceptions about the process and reinforces concepts that carry over into molecular change in other elements.
2008; 1996

Water [electronic resource]: Dissolving, Precipitation, and Complexation

This program, divided into three parts, looks at the difference between melting and dissolving using the example of sodium chloride. The reaction of sodium chloride solution with silver nitrate exemplifies precipitation; ammonia, added to a solution of copper (II) nitrate, forms a copper (II) hydroxide gel; and the successive complexation of copper (II) by ammonia molecules serves as an important model for complexation.
2008; 1997

Water [electronic resource]: Ionic Equilibrium, Acid-Base, and Redox Chemistry

This program, divided into three parts, gives several examples of reactions: potassium thiocyanate solution with iron (III) nitrate solution to explain ionic equilibrium; acid-base chemistry, using ethanoic acid as an acid, and ethanoate ion and ammonia as bases; and copper metal with silver nitrate solution to illustrate redox chemistry.
2009; 1997

Stories From the Hudson [electronic resource]

The strategic key to the American Revolution, a vital transportation artery for a fledgling nation, and an enduring source of spiritual and artistic inspiration, the Hudson River is a true American icon. This Bill Moyers program focuses on the seminal role the Hudson has played in the development of America's culture, literature, art, economy, industry, and ideology. Interviews with historian Roger Panetta; former West Point superintendent General David Palmer, retired; art scholars Barbara Novak and Ella Foshay; art dealers Howard Godel and Alexander Boyle; Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature; and others shed light on the many facets of the Hudson.
2007; 2002

The Fight to Save the River [electronic resource]

The Hudson River, the catalyst for the conservation movement of the 19th century and the environmental movement of the 20th, remains a focus of conflicting desires and competing demands. In this Bill Moyers program, Robert Boyle, author of The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History; Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin; folksinger Pete Seeger, founder of the Clearwater Foundation; Franny Reese, chair emeritus of Scenic Hudson; GE's apologist and former CEO Jack Welch; and others discuss both the long-running fight to rescue the Hudson from contamination and the far-reaching environmental legislation that has resulted from that struggle.
2006; 2002

Industrial Point Source Water Pollution [electronic resource]

The Clean Water Act has led to a vast improvement in the overall quality of industrial point source wastewater, but there is still a significant amount of work to be done. In this program, George Crozier, executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab; attorney David Perry; wastewater superintendent Bhaskar Patel; representatives of International Paper and petroleum refiner Koch Industries; and many others air their views on the controversial topic of compliance with the complex yet effective National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Cases of loophole exploitation and permit violations are debated.
2006; 2000

Non-Point Source Water Pollution [electronic resource]: Overview of Runoff

This program investigates sources of runoff and the pollution that occurs when it washes contaminants such as pesticides, bacteria, oil, and unwanted nutrients into aquatic ecosystems. Cost-effective initiatives to divert and filter runoff are also spotlighted, including stormwater rehabilitation systems, highway runoff purification systems, construction site erosion controls, and waste retention lagoons. In addition, many experts are featured, including A. J. Englande, of Tulane University; Frances Dunham, executive director of the Santa Rosa Sound Coalition; and Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
2006; 2000

Non-Point Source Water Pollution [electronic resource]: Focus on Stormwater

First-flush runoff from a rainstorm can be as bad, in quality, as raw sewage. What are municipalities doing about it? In this program, Ray Allen, executive director of Coastal Bend Bays Estuaries Program; stormwater engineer Valerie Gray; and many others discuss the positive effects of governmental regulations, stormwater management projects, and runoff purification initiatives. The establishment of stormwater utilities, increased monitoring and testing, the retrofitting and upgrading of storm drain and sewer systems, and the engineering of surge ponds are examined. School- and community-based educational outreach is reinforced.
2006; 2000

Wastewater Generation and Collection [electronic resource]

A typical city of 100,000 produces millions of gallons of wastewater every day. In this program, Harold Gorman, of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board; Teresa Battenfield, director of Houston's wastewater treatment plant; Casi Callaway, executive director of Mobile Bay Watch; and many others consider the challenges of collecting wastewater via aging pipes as populations continue to grow. Stormwater infiltration and high water tables are singled out for special scrutiny. In addition, a number of infrastructure assessment and rehabilitation projects using computerized mapping, remote control video cameras, and other means are highlighted.
2006; 2000