EnvironMENTALly speaking
Make your own free website on Tripod.com
EnvironMENTAL science!


Click on the following link, and answer the questions using the information which may be found using the link there.

Climate factors


Take notes over ALL these websites and answer the questions, to be handed in tomorrow.

1. Take notes over the following sites, much of it will be on your next test, which will be next week.


2. In order to start a successful local Hoosier Riverwatch program, what should you do?

3. What topics are covered in the special topic workshops?

4. Once you started a program, how would you get equipment? (list the possibilities)

5. (A) Complete the readings and activities on the following page (Do ALL 6 of the links along the right side of the page) then return to this page and begin your notes for this site:


(6) What are the 5 steps to water conservation listed on the watersense website? (Link to: Water management - Drinking water basics)

(7) Conventional surface water treatment plants in most developed countries follow what sequence of processes? (list them)

8. Read what the EPA has to say about drinking water.

EPA Drinking Water site

9. Take a look at what is being tested, and the possible effects.
Take notes over the microorganisms, their effects, their source, etc., then all the chemicals and their potential health effects.


10. Find your watershed here and read the material found under "Water Program Snapshots".

Watershed Tools

11. Read this article...

Drugs found in water...

What problems have been associated with drugs in the water supply?

12. Locally....check out this report on North Lawrence water...

North Lawrence Water

Are there any problem areas that may need to be addressed here?

13. Check out all the links to find what information and data can be found here:

EPA Watersheds Toolkit

14. What is the name for the local watershed? (Use the map to find this!)


15. Link to the PBS Frontline video "Poisoned Waters":

PBS WGBH Frontline Poisoned Waters Video


16. Use the following link to the written transcript of the program:

PBS WGBH Frontline Poisoned Waters TRANSCRIPT

Go to the following websites and answer the questions below.

Purdue Ag Department

Begin with chapter 1...
1) List and define the 5 factors of soil development.

2) What factors are present when the soil begins to develop?

3) What is a soil profile?

4) What is Till?

5) What was the source of outwash in Indiana?

6) What are lacustrine materials?

7) What process deposited silt in the form of loess?

8) What is alluvium?

9) Relief describes what factor relative to soil formation?

10) Why is climate important in the formation of soils?

11) What is the chief contribution of plants and animals to the formation of soil?

12) Most of Indiana formed under what type of vegetation?

13) How long does it take for horizons to form in parent materials?

14) What makes the surface A horizons in soil dark colored?

15) What has happened to carbonates and some bases in Indiana soils?

16) What are peds, relative to soil structure?

17) List the 6 common types of soil structure.

18) Why is soil structure significant?

19) What is a soil horizon?

20) List and describe the main soil horizons

Go through this website and answer the questions below:

National Snow and Ice Data Center

21) How does frozen ground form?

22) How will climate change affect frozen ground?

23) What is peat, and how does it affect frozen ground?

24) Where is frozen ground found in the United States?

25) Where does subsea permafrost exist?

If you get the chance, the two links below have a lot of information about soils which you may wish to use.

U. Wisc.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Perform tasks 1 and 2 on the web quest linked here:

Pollution Web Quest

5/5/2011 AND 5/6/2011

Complete Tasks 1, 2, and 3 only on the following webquest linked below - by the end of class Friday.

Here is the link to get to today's exercise:

WebQuest on Pollution

You should hand in your answers at the end of the period FRIDAY; I PREFER that you e-mail them to me: BaileyL@NLCS.K12.in.us

Make good use of your time and get it finished!


On the following link, answer the intro, task, and resources questions:


On the following link, answer the process and conclusion questions:

Hybrid Vehicles Webquest

When you finish the previous two assignments, check this game out:

Environmental Intelligence


Check to see if your computer will allow you to do the following exercise. If you have problems, get my attention and I'll see what I can do, as well as instruct you further.

Go to the following website, read the background information, then use the links from that page to perform experiments with the peppered moth. This includes two 5 minute long simulations where you play the role of a Bluejay, and to survive must catch and eat the moths found on the side of a tree.

After finishing your simulations, use the link found near the bottom of the simulation background and answer all the questions found there. Hand them in when you finish.

Peppered Moth Exercise

Play both these games and see how well you can score. Print out (one page only for each game) your best results and turn them in at the end of the period.

Play this game, figure out how to save the Chaparral.


See if you can save the world giving charitable aid to developing countries in this game. There's a lot you must understand about logistics here...

The Aid Game


Click on the following link to go to the web page and read the information, then answer the questions below. Follow the directions closely, or you won't be able to complete this.

World Trade Organization

1. About how many of the WTO's members are developing countries?

2. What kinds of things are being done for developing countries to aid them?

International Database

Use the country rankings to answer the following questions.
3.List the 6 largest countries by population in 1950 AND their total population.

4. List the top 6 countries by population in 2009 AND their population.

5. Is there any change in the top 6 countries you listed?

6. List several possible reasons for your answer to #5.

Read the material on the next page using the link below.

Population Growth Rates

7. What is the difference between natural growth and overall growth?

8. Which country is growing faster due to migration - the U.S. or Canada?

U.S.G.S. Stream Flow

9. What is the most recent stream discharge data shown for the East Fork White River?

10. What is the median daily statistic for the last 57 years for discharge for April 19th?

11. What is the trend of the river discharge over the last few days?

12. What is the most recent gage height recorded?

13. At what gage height is flood stage?

14. What do you think will happen to stream discharge later today for this location?

15. Explain your reasoning for your answer to #14.

16. What do you expect to happen to stream discharge for this location over the next few days?

17. Explain your reasoning for your answer to #16.

18. Change the output for the stream discharge page so that it will display the last 30 days.
What is the highest discharge listed for the last 30 days?

19. What is the lowest discharge listed for the last 30 days?

Hand in your work, and explore any of the web pages using links from this page only.


Do a 1 page double-spaced report on the species listed for your computer number. Font no larger than 12pt, photograph/image may be included but must not take up more than 1/4 of the typing area.

Include preferred habitat, characteristics and description, Common name, scientific name, distribution, Life cycle biology, history (how it got here), dispersal/spread, risk/impact, and management/prevention.

Resource Link to Indiana DNR follows the list.

1) Alewife
2) Asian Clam
3) Bighead Carp
4) Black Carp
5) Blue-Green Algae
6) Braziliam Elodea
7) Channeled Apple Snail
8) Chinese Mystery Snail
9) Common Carp
10) Common/Giant Reed
11) Curlyleaf Pondweed
12) Emerald Ash Borer
13) Eurasian Watermilfoil
14) Hydrilla
15) Purple Loosestrife
16) Alewife
17) Asian Clam
18) Bighead Carp
19) Black Carp
20) Blue-Green Algae
21) Braziliam Elodea
22) Channeled Apple Snail
23) Chinese Mystery Snail
24) Common Carp
25) Common/Giant Reed
26) Curlyleaf Pondweed
27) Emerald Ash Borer
28) Eurasian Watermilfoil
29) Hydrilla
30) Purple Loosestrife
31) Walking Catfish
32) Zebra Mussel

Indiana DNR Invasive Species Resource List - scroll down the page for links to each species

Do this activity for every region:

Biodiversity Mapping


Test Friday over chapter 9. All papers will be due at that time.

Do NOT hand papers in to the substitute!

Use the following web sites to answer the questions below. IF a link is broken, use Google to search for the answer.

Don't miss the links at the page bottom of this one - "differences 2", etc.


Polar Bears


World Population Clock

U.S. Demographics

IDB Summary Demographic Data

World Trade Organization

Swededn/Mexico demographics

1) List at least 3 reasons why developing countries have high birth rates.

2) List at least 3 reasons why developed countries have low birth rates.

3) List at least 3 reasons why developing countries have high death rates.

4) List at least 3 reasons why developed countries have low death rates.

5) Compare the general death rates for Africa with that of North America.

6) List at least 4 reasons for higher infant death rates in developing countries.

7) List at least 4 effects of a quickly growing population on the population.

8) Why are scientists using contraceptives on those cute little koalas?

9) Why is the Polar Bear survival rate dropping?

10) Why is the seal population "out of control"?

11) What is the estimated population of the U.S.?

12) What is the estimated world population?

13) What is the projected population of the U.S. in 2020?

14) Developing regions account for what percentage of today's population growth?

15) Compare the birth/death rates for Sweden and Mexico.



Go to the following web site and answer the questions.

Demographic transition!

1) What is demographic transition? (Start with page 54)

2) How do the 2 countries shown (Germany, Niger) illustrate Demographic transition?

Population growth

3) What countries in 1990 were responsible for 98% of mortality of children under age 5?

4) The education level of women is most correlated with what?

5) What are the 4 stages of demographic transition?

6) When did per capita food production begun to level off?

7) What herbicide has been detected in many culinary wells throughout the mid-west?

8) Concern is growing over the increased risk of groundwater contamination of what chemicals?

World Population!

9) Compare the current population of the U.S. with the current population of the world.

10) What is the annual world population change estimated to be from 1950 - 2050?

Go to the following site and list the types of information and maps available for use.

World Population maps!

World and US Population clocks!

11) There is a net gain of how many people every 12 seconds in the U.S. ?

Go to the following web site and read ALL the material (all the pages on this site linked sequentially).

Why 6 billion?

12) How long did it take for world population to double last?

13) What did the essay by Robert Thomas Malthus say about population and food supply?

14) Why is population in Pakistan a concern?

15) How does this exercise relate to chapter 9?

Turn in your papers TODAY.


Today's exercise is below; Starting chapter 8, working with population interactions. FOR TOMORROW: read chapter 8, and define the terms at the end of the chapter - to be handed in tomorrow.


Use the following link to begin today's exercise:

Population Interactions

I told you that Japan was one of the places that was at serious risk due to plate tectonics. See the pages below for information on this morning's 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan and associated 23 foot high tsunami. Then continue further below to the link for today's exercise.

Japan Earthquake

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

U.S.G.S. Japan EQ

We will be in a lab one day next week to finish this material - different days and labs for different classes as follows:

Per. 3 will meet in the IMC Monday. Do not come to my classroom.

The rest will meet as follows:
Per. 1 English (we will meet in my room first)

Period 4 meet in Science lab
Period 8 meet in Science lab

Period 7 meet in English lab

Today's exercise: If you did not finish the exercise yesterday, finish it first - then continue on to today's exercise. As with yesterday's assignment, make sure you print out the certificate at the end when you finish.


The Virtual River - Flooding

Yesterday's link is below...


Use the following link to begin today's exercise:

The Virtual River

Make sure you read the material with the exercise. If you don't, you'll be stuck and not be able to complete the exercise. When you finish, there is a certificate at the end which you fill out, then print. I need the printout to be turned in.

IF YOU DO NOT FINISH - print the page on where you are at the end of the class period. DO NOT TURN THIS IN. When you return tomorrow, you'll be able to type the website URL into the toolbar and begin where you left off. If you don't, you'll have to start over.

Here is the link to the online video to watch in order to answer the questions from the last two days:

Video on demand link

To access it, scroll down ad choose either number 19 or number 20, depending on which day you missed. At the right side, there is a box with VoD inside. Click that, make sure your sound is turned on so you can hear it, watch the video and answer the questions.

I need volunteers ASAP. I need to get field trip forms to you so you can get them signed.

I am now looking for 12 participants (2 teams, 5 members per team + 1 alternate per team) for the Indiana Envirothon Academic Competition. Participants will receive enough extra credit to potentially raise their grade by 1/2 letter grade. You will have to study material, and also you will have to attend a field trip during the school day to participate in the area competition on March 8th, 2011.
We will be leaving at the beginning of school, traveling to the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, and returning to BNL just before 2:50 the same day.

IF we place 3rd or higher, the SAME team members will also be required to attend the State competition at Vincennes University on April 20th, 2011. This would mean you would return to BNL later than the end of the school day - but your team would have to actually place high enough to participate in the State competition for this to happen.

Details and study information may be found on the following link:

Indiana Envirothon 2011

Note that details are found in the booklet.

Click on the following link for today's exercise:

Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection


Click on the following link for today's exercise:



Today's assignment:
Complete the questions below by taking the links provided.

Read the directions for this activity. You don't have to wait week by week; you can advance time using the controls... read the directions! There are questions to be answered in the journal...

Reef Biome

If for any reason this isn't working, show the sub what is happening, then proceed to the next part of today's assignment.

Once you complete the exercise above, then try this out again and see if you can complete it:



Finish your assignment from yesterday, then begin on the assignment for today.

Yesterday's assignment: Biomes

Another link to help you with yesterday's assignment...

World Biomes

Click on the following links for
Today's assignments:

Complete this online simulation. Use the Journal to answer questions, and the table to record data. Hand in your results after you complete both exercises below.

Model Ecosystems Interactive

Follow the directions on the website to complete this exercise. Write down the answers for this activity; you will turn these in at the end of class.

Biomes interactive


A bit of fun first...

Today's weather prediction from Phil...ABC

Today's weather prediction from Phil...

Click on the following link for today's exercise:



Click on the following link for today's exercise:

Trophic levels

Complete the material from Friday and hand in your papers; if you already completed it, use the links below to do reading. You will have a quiz over it tomorrow.

Quiz material 1

Quiz material 2


Go to the following web sites and answer the questions below.

1) List and define the different types of species interactions.

Species interactions (1)

Species interactions (2)

Species interactions (3)

2) What is the Law of Competitive Exclusion?

3) What happens as a result of the Law of Competitive Exclusion?

4) Organisms compete for what?

5) List and describe the 2 types of competition.

6) Describe what happens during coevolution.

7) What are "Keystone Species"?

8) Lichens exhibit what type of relationship between Algae and fungi? What does each do?

9) What is biotic potential?

10) Explain what happens during Population Oscillations and Irruptive Growth.

11) Do all populations go through Oscillations and Irruptive Growth? WHY/WHY NOT?

12) Explain the differences between species adapted for high growth rates and those adapted for living at or near carrying capacity.


1. Try out this mini quiz about biomes.

And NO, you do NOT have to subscribe - just start answering the questions...

Mini quiz on biomes

2. Click on the following link for part 2 of today's exercise. Complete the food web, then answer the questions that follows. Get your certificate and print it out to hand in TODAY.

Food Webs

3. See if you can match up the terms here:

Matching Squares

4. See if you can restore the Prairie (do both tallgrass and shortgrass!):

Prairie restoration

5. When you finish, try this game out again and see if you can do better than the last time!

BBC Ecosystems

6. Reading only - but KNOW THE TERMS USED!

Energy in an Ecosystem

7. Again, just reading.

Food Chains and Food Webs

8. Again, just reading. Know the terms used...

Trophic Pyramids

Pachyderm quiz


Your test is tomorrow! After you finish today's material, go over the terms from Chapter 4 to study for the test.

Do NOT go to any website not linked from today's exercise unless you first ask!

1) Click on the following link, read the introduction (for directions) then continue to the interactive game. Very simple, but highly useful.

This Old Habitat interactive

2) Click on the following link and play the game. Try to get 100% for each animal.

Build a Habitat

3) Try to complete the following game:

BBC Ecosystems

4) Try to complete the following games:

Archive Images of Life on Earth

Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow! No test if I am not present, but you will have one whenever I return.


Click on the following link for instructions for today's exercise:

More Ecosystems


Click on the following link - for convenience, you might want to use a right button click, then open in new tab. Answer the questions below by reading through the web site.

The Hydrosphere

1. Why is the hydrosphere is often called the "water sphere"?

2. How do all the other "spheres" interact with the hydrosphere?

3. In what states of matter is water found in the atmosphere?

4. The biosphere serves as an ____________ between the spheres enabling water to move between the hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere as is accomplished by plant transpiration.

5. What is the cryosphere?

Click on "continue" near the page bottom.

6. The world's oceans contain what percent of the water in the hydrosphere?

7. What would be the effects of rising sea levels from melting ice sheets and glaciers due to global warming?

8. Explain the difference between groundwater and soil water.

9. What percent of Earth's water is found in the atmosphere?

10. What percent of Earth's water is found in the surface water?

11. Order the following stores of water from largest to smallest:

Freshwater lakes
Ice sheets and glaciers
Saline Lakes and inland seas
Soil water

Click "continue" near the page bottom.

12. The hydrologic cycle is not only a cycle of water, it is a cycle of _________ as well.

13. When is latent energy "locked up" in the water molecule?

14. What percent of all water entering the atmosphere originates from the ocean between 60o north and 60o south latitude?

15. What happens to most of the water evaporated from the ocean?

16. When water vapor condenses back into a liquid it releases ________ _______, which is converted into sensible heat warming the surrounding air.

17. What happens to the potential energy of raindrops when they impact the Earth?

18. Relative to precipitation, what is interception?

19. The amount of water intercepted by a plant largely depends on what?

20. What is the difference between through fall and stem flow?

21. Interception of falling rain buffers the surface against what?

22. What is the reason that, on an annual basis, coniferous trees tend to intercept more water than deciduous trees?

23. Explain the difference between runoff and infiltration.

24. Infiltration is controlled by what 4 factors?

25. High infiltration rates occur in what soils?


Click on the following link for today's exercise:

Volcano links


Click on the following link for instructions for today's activities:

Earthquake links


Today you're going to get a gaggle e-mail account. If you already have one, then you may work on other things for class, or anything else you need for school until further instructed.

Click the link to go to www.Gaggle.net.

gaggle e-mail

You should see a login page.

Near the bottom, you will see something like this:

New User Key

Did your teacher give you a 'new user key'? If so, click here to activate your account.

Click on the word "here".

On the following screen, fill in ALL the information in the blanks provided - for the user key, use the number I gave you on the slips of paper. Ignore the number - the key will start with BFCJC....


Choose your user name wisely. Everything MUST be school appropriate.

For your password, make it something you won't forget - it is not easy getting the password reset. I would make it the same password as you use for a different account, but make it something you are unlikely to forget.

Once you have your account, Do the following: My e-mail is lsbailey74@gaggle.net.

Type a summary of the article "Toxic Sludge" to which I linked at the bottom of today's instructions, and save it to your folder - attach it to your e-mail, then send it to me.

That is your assignment for today.

Again, if you already have an account, then catch up on the assignment from Tuesday, or other - but you MUST ALSO send me the assignment using the Toxic Sludge link below as an attachment via your gaggle account.

Once you are finished, click the following link and read the material:

Toxic Sludge

Check out the pictures of the "Toxic Sludge" and the devastation it has caused. Fairly amazing. Especially look at the slide showing the dam which held back the sludge.

Toxic Sludge


Go to the following website and complete all activities.



1) Hand in your storyboards for the video project - place them on the table at the back of the room.

2) Go to the following website for a tutorial on tree identification and click on "Click here to Launch the animation":


3) Proceed through the exercise on tree identification which pops up when you click the link above. It's simple, but it may save you some grief when identifying your tree leaves. Taking notes would be good.

4) The link which follows has a nice online tree identification application. Click through it, and see what you can do with it using the following information: Broadleaf, with the leaves being rough on top; Red to Dark purple fruit; Simple; Alternate; Not fan shaped; Toothed; both lobed and unlobed on the same tree. What is your answer?

What Tree Is This?

5)Here is a different tree guide:

The Basics of Tree Identification

Click on each of the links listed under "Clues that you will need to examine", and review each. Make sure you click through each page for each link too - the leaf link has 5 pages. It would be a good idea to take notes on each characteristic while you are looking at the page - it may prove to be the difference between getting a leaf identified correctly, or incorrectly.

6) Answer the 3 simple questions at the page bottom.

7) Click on the "Leaf Key" link, and try to identify the tree I'm describing: Simple, lobed, pointed broadleaves with a finely cerrated margin are shaped like a 5 pointed star. It has long leaf stems, arranged alternately on the twigs. The fruit is a spiny ball, and the tree generally grows in low, wet woods.

Use the characteristics listed above with the following key. Did you get the same answer?

What Tree Is It?

Last, but certainly NOT least - here is one from Butler University - I think you will recognize it!

50 Trees of Indiana

Remember, the materials for the video project are also just below and you may reference them at any time - this IS the internet, after all!

If you finish with the material above, go to the following website to find out more information about STEM careers:

STEM Careers

What is STEM? Click the following link for resources!

What is STEM?


If you want to see the link for the contest rules, scroll down this page to 9/2 - the link is still there. Whenever you want to see the links from this website, just come back - I will leave them up all year.

Click on the following link for an introductory video about "Microsoft Moviemaker".

Microsoft Moviemaker Introduction

Rule of thumb: Unless you are somewhere other than BNL or have headphones, from this point, do not watch videos unless specifically told to do so.

Now click the following link under the heading "Add professional touches" and read through all the links found there:

Add professional touches

1) List the information which can be found on each link.

On the same page, under the heading "Projects to try" click on the link for "Create a vacation movie your friends will want to watch".

2) What is tip #2?

3) What is tip #3?

4) What is tip #7?

5) What do the tips say about the use of transitions?

6) What do the tips say about the use of mute?

Using the 2nd page link provided, under the heading of "Save and share your movies", click through each link to see how to save your video in different formats.

Another source for instructions on how to use "Moviemaker" can be found at atomiclearning.com:

Atomic Learning Moviemaker

One more source for instructions on how to edit video using moviemaker is at Mighty Coach.com:

Mighty Coach.com


The links for the video commercial contest (and assignment!) are still here - look below today's information.

When you finish with yesterday's assignment, go to the website using this link:

U. of Michigan Global Change
and look at figure 1.

1) Explain what this graph means as far as human growth.

2) What does this graph suggest will happen to natural resources usage as time progresses, if the population trend continues?

Use the link below to go to the following website:

Footprint calculator

3) How many planets does it take to support YOUR lifestyle if everyone on Earth consumed as much as you?

I hope this opened your eyes to a few environmental problems which we face.

Please hand in your answers at the end of the period.

Here is the link to the Indiana Recycling Coalition video contest:

IRC Video Contest

Storyboard due Sept.16th, finished video due October 12th.

The link below gives a much more detailed look at the essay "The Tragedy of the Commons" which involves the psychological and sociological factors and effects. (1) Read the material on that web site (it's by the author of the "tragedy" in your book), then (2)list and summarize the main subheadings. (3) Turn in your work at the end of the period. Don't waste time, this is fairly involved if you are to do this in the detail necessary.

The Tragedy of the Commons

Read the directions for this activity. You don't have to wait week by week; you can advance time using the controls... read the directions! There are questions to be answered in the journal...

Reef Biome

Try this out again and see if you can complete it:


Word Of The Day
 Enter a city or US Zip    
Today's Weather
This section has the "Quote-a-tron" set up by my wife; I'll modify it with more quotes later. A different quote comes up every time you reload the page. Quote-a-tron
Quotable Quotes

Quote of the moment: (Reload this page for a new quote)

[Sorry. Only this one quote for non-Java browsers]

If you'd like to suggest a quote, send e-mail.
Back Home  


Lowell Bailey

Bedford-North Lawrence High School
595 N. Stars Boulevard
powered by lycos
SEARCH: Tripod The Web