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Planet earth as seen from space.In 1798 Thomas Malthus (1736-1834) theorized that human population growth was pushing Earth and its resources to their limits.  While we have not yet reached the limits of Earth's capability to support human activities, our daily activities continue to impact animals, plants, earth and sky. This site serves as a forum for examination of the many natural resources of our planet and some of the efforts to protect them.  

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Animals

Osprey feed primarily on fish they catch with their powerful talons.From domesticated cats to mosquitoes we share this planet with animals that rely on many of the same natural resources as humans for their survival.  Animals are important to us as sources of food, entertainment and as companions. 

Learn more about this important part of our ecosystem in our Animals Section!

Plants

The "Bird of Paradise" flower - a beautiful way to attract nectivores!
Some plants provide such beauty with their appearance that they are planted and nurtured in yards and gardens around the world while some are valued for their strength and used in building structures and houses while still others are used for food or regarded as pests that should be removed.  Plants are ultimately critically important to all life on earth as they are the base of our ecosystem - the primary producers of our world that change light into usable energy. 

Learn more about these functional and beautiful organisms in our Plants Section!

 

Earth and Sky

Lightening is one of the most powerful - and beautiful - natural phenomena.Water, soil and air are integral parts of our world and we interact with all three every day.  Streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are home to a wide range of creatures, and at the same time they are routes of transportation for people and materials of all kinds. While everyone knows water makes plants grow, much of their food also comes from the soil they grow in.  Air is critical to us as we breathe it, dispose of our pollutants into it and rely on it for our weather and ultimately depend on it to protect us from the sun's powerful rays.

Learn more about our physical world in our Earth and Sky Section!

 

People

John Wesley Powell explored much of the lands in the United States West of the 100th Meridian.As the dominant species on the planet humans influence the habitats where they live and their behaviors can impact the environment even far away.  Through-out history there have been individuals that have dramatically influenced our understanding of the natural world. The lessons those individuals taught us can be learned in texts and classes today, but we are all responsible for the condition of the environment both today and in the future.  Actions to protect the natural world can be individual - such as recycling and reusing goods - or as a group - by shaping public policy and encouraging others to reduce their impacts on the environment.

Learn more about our role in the ecosystem, champions of conservation and actions individuals can take to help improve the environment in our People Section!

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