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Leaf Us Alone
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a song that is a cry from help from the forest.  The words to the song are included in the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Tornadoes
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This amazing podcast will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each step of the Enhanced Fujita Scale is explained with a picture to show the damage intensity. Next graphics explain how tornadoes form. A video segment from the April 27th tornado outbreak in Alabama illustrates how multiple vortexes can form and the aftermath that is left behind. Finally, the importance of being weather aware is addressed. The magnitude of this catastrophic event is sure to keep your attention! 


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Oil Spill Science- Introduction
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An introduction to a series of podcasts on teaching about the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- How Oil Forms
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A podcast that discusses how oil forms in relationship to the Gulf Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- Oil Spills in Perspective
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A discussion that attempts to place the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into perspective.


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Oil Spill Science- Clean up Activities
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Activities to teach about the clean up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast.


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The Land of Alabama
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ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series. John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Water Pollution
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For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.


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Save Our Sand
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This is a video about erosion and the effects it can have on our beaches.  It explains how beaches can be repaired.  It shows the processes of rebuilding a beach.  It explains how sand is cleaned.  The video also has additional information about erosion and the effects of it. 


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Subject: Science
Title: Ozone Fill-Up     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Florida Freezes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that shows that draining a wetland is not only bad for the animals that live there, but it also changes the local weather. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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National Geographic Videos
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This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

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WATCH a volcano
http://earthquake-re...
This page is an attempt to compile the volcano webcams of the world.

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Alaska Earthquke 1964
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In this video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, learn about the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.

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Alaska Tsunami
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In this video adapted from Alaska Sea Grant, learn about the devastating tsunamis generated by the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.

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Weathering: Types of Rock Song
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This podcast is a song about earthquakes.

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