ENVIRONMENT Deep-sea mining has been coming for the better part of 50 years. Now, experts argue that this process can be done sustainably, with minimal disturbance to the surrounding seafloor. (Undark) Use our resources to better understand undersea mining—and the other kind of SMS. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. An … Continue reading Mining in the Deep
WORLD Archaeologists enlist UNESCO’s help to protect prehistoric sites threatened by karst quarrying. (Nat Geo News) What is karst? Find out here! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article outlines threats faced by Borneo’s karst landscape. What is karst? Read through our super-short encyclopedic entry to find out. Karst is an … Continue reading Race to Save Ancient Human Secrets
ENVIRONMENT Citing threats to the salmon population and watershed health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put on hold plans for a massive open-pit copper mine in Alaska, invoking Clean Water Act rules. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand the debate surrounding the Pebble Mine. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Watch our … Continue reading EPA Puts Mine on Hold
ENVIRONMENT A West Virginia chemical spill brought attention to a broader national problem. “We often don’t think about where our water comes from,” or how it could be contaminated, say conservationists. (National Geographic News) Watch these “pictures of practice” to see how students and teachers understand water pollution and water purification. Discussion Ideas “We often don’t think about where our water comes from,” says Steve … Continue reading How Safe is Your Water?