Rivers, Lakes, Seas, Bays, Ponds and Estuaries

Without water, there is no life. These resources can transform abstract concepts into reality.

Exploration of these ecologies is especially instructive to students who live in very different environments.

With very little work, these sites can be used as a springboard into culture & history, biology, math, & physics.

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About The Lakes

Learn more about the Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Together they form the largest fresh surface water system on earth, containing about one-fifth of…  learn more

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Building a Natural Pool

Talk about bringing nature to you. David Pagan Butler has created a Natural Swimming Pool. It's a swimming pool that has clear water without using chemicals. These pools…  learn more

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The Canal Age

For about 50 years canals connected fresh water rivers and salt water portals. Learn about the history of canals, especially for transportation,at The Canal Age.  learn more

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Bridging the Watershed

Science in the Great Outdoors Help your students discover science in National and state parks across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. with Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Bridging the Watershed program.…  learn more

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Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay has received attention not only for its ecology but also for its nearness to our nation's capital Washington, D.C. This site illustrates the plants and animals…  learn more

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Bottle Biology

Learn how to explore science and the environment with soda bottles and other recyclable materials. Create Decomposition Columns to Bottle Gardens Simulate any of these ecosystems via Bottle…  learn more

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School of Freshwater Sciences

The School of Freshwater Sciences is a particularly interesting application of telecommunications in network science. To those of us who do not live in this region the environment…  learn more

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Water on the Web

Water on the Web offers data about water quality from deep within 4 Minnesota lakes. This approach also represents a new method for visualization of information, especially appropriate…  learn more

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How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic…  learn more

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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is dedicated to understanding how ecosystems work. Our scientists are global experts in the ecology of: freshwater, forests, disease, and cities. Through collaborative…  learn more

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World Biomes: Estuary

NCEAS ecologists and teachers in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria schools are working with 5th grade classes to design and conduct scientific experiments in ecology. Students learn the…  learn more