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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Online Databases
Links to searchable databases useful for research into aquatic ecosystems.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Contrasts in Blue
Lesson plan that demonstrates how these two ecosystems are unique yet related. Emphasis is on the formation of these environments and the organisms that call them home. Students consider the role of temperature, sunlight, waves, tides, and food chains
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian Ocean Science
The Smithsonian attracts nearly 6 million visitors each year and reaches another 12 million online. What many of these visitors don’t know is that the Smithsonian is also a world-renowned center for marine science, and has been conducting research in the ocean for more than 160 years. This website introduces that behind-the scenes work. It also includes a link to “The Encyclopedia of Life,” an “electronic page for each species of organism on Earth.”
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World
In this companion book to the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, author Deborah Cramer reveals the myriad ways the sea is essential to all of us.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Stant Ocean Hall Educators’ Page
This webpage provides links to a teacher's guide on the Ocean Hall, classroom activities, and resources for further reference on ocean life and ecosystems.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Stant Ocean Hall for Kids and Families
This webpage provides links to a family guide of the Ocean Hall, online activities, and events at the National Museum of Natural History.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Stant Ocean Hall Sights and Sounds
This webpage shares video clips, podcasts, and slideshows telling the stories of ocean diversity, ecosystems, scientific research, and conservation. Hear from research scientists and museum exhibition designers.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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STAR: Student Training in Aquatic Research
Website provides information on the Student Training in Aquatic Research program for grade 9–12 students in the Chesapeake Bay area. Students develop their own research projects, do the field sampling and data analysis, then publish their results.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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The Living Yamal
Researchers visit Siberia’s Yamal Penninsula to meet the Nenet people and to learn how the resource-rich area could be used for gas without disrupting this Native culture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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The Nitrogen Problem: Causes and Remedies
Thomas Jordan of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center discusses ways that human activities have overloaded the supply of nitrogen to plants and algae in rivers, streams, and coastal waters. How big is the nitrogen problem? How can we fix it?
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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