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Infectious Disease

A webquest with virtual field trips and educational activities for middle and high school science students on infectious disease. Read More

Populations and Ecosystems

This free, standards-based, online publication, developed for middle school science teachers, explores ecosystems. The ecosystem concept is rather complex, but students often find these interactions interesting and are usually easily engaged in ecosystem studies. You can then capitalize on student curiosity by providing a learning environment conducive to inquiry. Read More

Eco-Logical: Water Pollution Causes

A list of water pollution causes. Read More

Eco-Logical: Water Pollution Facts

Water pollution facts and figures. Read More

Eco-Logical: “Jaws V: Angry But Enfeebled”

An article on water pollution effects on animals, humans, plants, and ecosystems. Read More

Bacteria Monitoring

An 18-page manual on the monitoring of bacteria in Iowa rivers, streams, and lakes. Read More

Research Methods: (A Novice's Guide to Research Techniques Used in Microbiology)

This Resource is Designed to Help You – * Read science news and research articles. * Understand science seminars outside of your discipline. * Talk intelligently to colleagues across campus. * Design and implement research projects employing new techniques. Read More

Science Focus: Dead Zones

This is not the title of a sequel to a Stephen King novel. “Dead zones” in this context are areas where the bottom water (the water at the sea floor) is anoxic — meaning that it has very low (or completely zero) concentrations of dissolved oxygen. These dead zones are occurring in many areas along the coasts of major continents, and they are spreading over larger areas of the sea floor. Because very few organisms can tolerate the lack of oxygen in these areas, they can destroy the habitat in which numerous organisms make their home Read More

Microbial Life in Marine Environments

Microbes account for more than 90% of ocean biomass and constitute a hidden majority of life that flourishes in the sea. What is even more surprising is that much of this microbial life remains unknown because we cannot culture it in a test tube and it is difficult to observe in nature. Read More

The Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Future

A 13-page report on the management of wastewater today and innovative technology for the future. Notebook: Scientific Chronicles, 17 Read More

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EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

EERL & ATEEC

EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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