Welcome to Our Earth Day Page


Important information for those
who care about the future of our planet
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein



Our Earth Page


The planet we live on appears to be a huge sphere, but itís really quite small in the grand scheme of things. While appreciating the natural wonders and the creatures inhabiting this planet, itís hard to ignore that there are many global patterns that are destroying our special place in the universe.

Quality of life is important to all of the planet's inhabitants. It is already a certainty that future generations will find themselves with a world that has been deteriorated through abuse and neglect.

While scientists fiercely work at predicting what will happen if we remain on a destructive path, our planet Earth continues to suffer at an alarming rate. Viewing a satellite photo may not reveal what's missing Ö but, under closer inspection, there is a frightening amount of missing pieces.

This is why are we urging you to take note Ö because you found our website and by doing so, it probably also means that you enjoy and have an appreciation for the world's oceans. All of the creatures that fascinate us may soon become needlessly extinct. If future generations are to enjoy these animals, itís up to us today to help them survive. Life in our aquariums is a wonderful thing Ö life in the natural environment is no less.

We rely on the planet to be a healthy one, so anything we do to help makes a difference, even in the "smallest" of ways ... thatís what these Earth pages are all about Ö learning about the issues that need our attention, and how we can make a positive difference.

We hope you will enjoy the links we have found to share here. You may learn something you may not have previously known that can help you in your appreciation, enjoyment, and protection of our planet. We're learning more all the time, we hope you do too!
We first began our Earth Page in 2007 and have collected many interesting links, which have now categorized here, removing any expired pages. There is a lot of good reading within these links! Enjoy!

Ocean

Quiz - Sensitivity of Reefs

Reviving Our Oceans
Changing the way we think about and manage our oceans

Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem

Ocean Acidification - National Geographic

Ocean and Water-related Links
Natural Resources Defense Council

Rare Black Coral Found in Mediterranean

Black Coral Study

Also of note ... a colony of Black Coral was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, near the site of the 2010 oil spill ... scientists say it's 2,000 years old and lives 1,000 feet down, about 21 miles northeast of the BP well.


Ocean Programs
Center for Biological Diversity

Marine Environments

The major threats to coral reefs

What is threatening some of the world's reefs?

Basic facts about mangroves

What is happening to the mangrove forests

Wetland Ecosystems of North America
What's the difference between a marsh, a bog, a swamp, and a saltmarsh?
Nice descriptions here at the website of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Pollution

Illustration: "What Oil Does to a Salt Marsh"

Categories of Pollution: Nonpoint Source

A Brief History of Pollution

This is an interesting series of articles in blog format presented by Wired Science ...
CO2 Pollution Could Erase Coral Reefs

Crude Oil & Marine Fish

Ozone and the Antarctic
Presented by NASA

New York - New Jersey Area Shoreline Issues

Rubber Duckies Show Ocean Currents

Plastic Beach
(Also of interest on this page ... Midway: Message from the Gyre)

The following video takes you up close to the situation onboard the Algalita ...
Plastic Alphabet Soup
Re: The video above, www.algalita.org

Laysan Albatross
Learn more about the Laysan Albatross

News Article - Atlantic Garbage Patch

The Oceans & Air Pollution
For some facts about the impact of oil spills, click on the link "Threats to Phytoplankton" while reading this page to learn more about algae blooms and dead zones.

Study by NOAA and Partners
Gulf Dolphins Severely Ill


Invasive Species

Invasive Snakeheads in Maryland

100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species

Northern Pacific Seastar - Asterias amurensis

European Green Crab - Carcinus maenas

Eichhornia crassipes - (aquatic plant)

Carpet Seasquirt Discovered in Sitka, Alaska
Didemnum vexillum - includes video

Climate Watch - NOAA - "Fending Off Invasives"


Children's Pages

For Junior Aquarists - interesting pages on tides, oceans, ocean topography, coral reefs, as well as an assortment of climate topics, such as atmosphere, seasons, weather, and more, presented in slide shows.

Assorted Ocean Topics ...
Make Waves

Our Water World: The Blue Planet

Click on the buttons to hear ...
...a variety of whale sounds

Help Keep Our Oceans Clean

An informative site about reefs ... a nice site for junior reef enthusiasts!
Reef Education Network

Kids helping to keep our oceans clean

Learning About Creatures of the Rain Forest
A clickable poster for children

The Air We Breathe Picture Book
by NASA for grades K-4

The Kiwi Kids Cloud Identification Guide
A wonderful guide showing the different types of clouds and how they are formed, in pdf book-type format.

What's it like where you live?
Biomes of the world
Freshwater and marine ecosystems are explored in this wonderful educational website presented by the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Introduction to Plants

Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Climate Change
Presented by oneclimate.net

Climate Change
Presented by epa.gov



We received an e-mail from a retired teacher in Colorado who volunteers in after school programs, tutoring middle school students. A researching student, Michael, came across our Earth Day page and wanted to contribute a website he felt had interesting page links. Thank you Michael! The page you shared with us certainly does have some wonderful and informative links!

We took a brief look at a handful of them and are posting them here to extend Michael's contribution to our Earth Page ... we hope other young people will learn from these earth science presentations!


A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change

Climate Education for K-12 - The Greenhouse Effect
(very informative site!)

Earth's Atmosphere
by the National Earth Science Teachers Association

Greenhouse Effect at NOAA

Greenhouse Effect by National Geographic - for educators

While roaming around the National Geographic site,
we also found the following ocean-oriented game ... My Ocean - A Game



Coloring pages for young children ...

Giant Clam coloring page

Albatross

Manta Ray

Chambered Nautilus


Climate

Climate Change
Presented by epa.gov


Environmental Organizations


American Rivers
Native North American fish are imperiled in our country due to pollution in U.S. waterways. We tend to take our own native fish for granted, while many are highly sought-after prizes in other countries.

Natural Resources Defense Council

envirolink.org

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." ó Rachel Carson
rachelcarson.org


Environmental News from Around the Globe

Environmental News Network

Environmental News Service

Environmental Health News

Environmental Overview of Sulawesi
"More species are threatened with extinction in Indonesia than any other country on Earth."

Mekong Dam Proposal in Laos
"The 3,000-mile river, which winds from China's Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, is home to nearly 1,000 freshwater fish species ..."

Oil & Ice
Documentary on the beauty and controversy of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Everyday Green Habits

Green Living Tips
... from the World Wildlife Fund

Seafood Watch ...
Healthy Choices for Healthy Oceans

How to Properly Dispose of a Mercury Thermometer

Lots of resources on how you can make a difference with everyday habits & lifestyle choices ...
New Dream

Endangered Species Ringtones


A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO (OR NOT DO) TO HELP ...

Only attempt to keep animals you can take proper care of ...

As aquariasts, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. We should not attempt to keep animals that we are incapable of keeping and realize our limitations. Buy books, do research, use the Web and make yourself knowledgeable about what you want to keep before you buy it.

Don't release non-natives ...
The worst sin an aquarist can commit is to release any non-native form of life into our natural waters. Fresh or salt water, plant or animal, there is never a good reason to introduce animals from our homes to the wild.

Don't drive the trade of illegal animals ...
Most of us are aware of the Clarion Angel debacle of '04. (Illegal, endangered fish smuggled to L.A.; wholesalers selling to stores for the hobbyist.) When you ask for illegal animals, you are driving the trade. Leopard Sharks are another example of a fish we are all completely unprepared to provide a proper environment for.



World Wildlife Fund

You may use the link box above
if you would like to help support
the World Wildlife Fund.



How the First Earth Day Came About
The founder of Earth Day describes how it came about.


Crocea Clam
(Crocea Clam)



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