Environment Essays & Term Papers

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Atlantic Ocean The Atlantic Ocean, second largest of the world's oceans, occupies an elongated, S-shaped basin extending in a north-south direction and is divided into the North Atlantic and South Atlantic by EQUATORIAL COUNTERCURRENTS at about 8 deg north latitude. Bounded by North and South America on the west and Europe and Africa on the east, the Atlantic is linked to the Pacific Ocean by the Arctic Ocean on the north and the Drake Passage on the south. An artificial connection bet

Pacific Ocean The Pacific Ocean, the world's largest water body, occupies a third of the Earth's surface. Extending approximately 15,500 km (9,600 mi) from the BERING SEA in the Arctic north to the icy margins of Antarctica's Ross Sea in the south, the Pacific reaches its greatest width at about 5 deg north latitude, where it stretches approximately 19,800 km (12,300 mi) from Indonesia to the coast of Colombia. The western limit of the ocean is often placed at the Strait of Malacca. Th

Indian Ocean The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by southern Asia; on the west by the Arabian Peninsula and Africa; on the east by the Malay Peninsula, the Sunda Islands, and Australia; and on the south by Antarctica. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the 20 deg east meridian south of Africa, and from the Pacific by the 147 deg east meridian. The northernmost extent of th

Arctic Ocean The Arctic Ocean, located entirely in the North Pole region, is the smallest of the world's oceans. It occupies a roughly circular basin and covers an area of about 14,090,000 sq km (5,440,000 sq mi). Nearly landlocked, the ocean is surrounded by the land masses of Europe, Asia, North America, and Greenland and a number of islands, as well as by the BARENTS, BEAUFORT, CHUKCHI, KARA, LAPTEV, East Siberian, Lincoln, Wandel, Greenland, and Norwegian seas. It is connected to

Future Of The Greenhouse Effect Eddie Ferguson In my research of the future of the greenhouse effect, I have found out that the outlook of the earth is pretty bad. Every year every country in the world puts out more and more toxins into the air. The major toxins that are put into the air are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons. These toxins are put

The Biggest Environmental Problem The environmental problem that must be considered as the biggest, is the Global Warming. Temperature is slowly increasing all over the world. To understand this better it is also important to explain the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect in a summary: Sunlight radiates from the sun, through space, to earth's atmosphere. The sunlight enters the atmosphere and hits the earth. Some of it turns to heat energy in the form of infrared light. The heat abs

For acid rain to form, several different chemicals must be released into the air. The primary pollutants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons) react with sunlight to create ozone. This produces sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and nitric acid (HNO3.) These acids are stored in clouds, and when it rains, you have acid rain. Another way acid rain can be formed is by the burning of Fossil Fuels. Fossil Fuels are coal and oil from decomposed trees and plant material from thousands of years ag

Chapter One INTRODUCTION The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is home to a plethora of wildlife that includes 400 different species of coral, 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of mollusk and 240 species of bird, all of these serve to enrich this ecosystem as well as to attract millions of people to the reef every year. The Great Barrier Reef is not simply one reef but a system of smaller ones tightly packed together that stretch for 1200 km fr

Every night as The Late show comes on, you hear David Letterman blame everything from the sweltering New York weather, to the free lance prostitutes that roam the area of Times Square, on some weather phenomena called El Nino - which is sometimes referred to as everything but the scientifically correct name. Night after night, the news reporters on television are speaking of this devastating force that is casing irregular weather patterns not only in the United States, but all over the world. I

Tropical Rain Forests There are many different ecosystems on this planet. They include tundras, prairies, deserts, grasslands, forests, alpine environments, ect. One of the most important and extraordinary ecosystems is the tropical rain forests. A tropical rain forest is a woodland that usually is in the tropical zone. It receives heavy annual rainfall, usually at least 100 inches. It is marked by broad-leaved evergreen trees forming a continuous canopy. The rain

Two Causes of the Destruction of the Rain Forest The tropical rain forests of the world are being destroyed. If we don't restrain or take action towards the destruction, there is no telling what will happen to the world. Most scientists have predicted at that the rate we are going there will be no rain forests left by the year 2050. The two causes of the destruction of the rain forests are due to human impact. Deforestation and human exploitation of the rainforest are the two major things

Pollution in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean has become a serious problem with no simple solutions. In this paper, we will discuss the problems in the Mediterranean, particularly in the area surrounding Italy. In addition to this we will also offer practical solutions. The Mediterranean Sea has had a most common problem; one that affects most countries in the world. This problem is pollution, in its many forms. This sea is not one that handles any type of pollution very well.

Population And Its Effect On The Environment Over time, the world's population has grown at an exponential rate. Many have questioned whether or not our planet can sustain such huge numbers of humans without serious depletion of natural resources, and shortages of vital substances, such as water and air. Many feel that we are inevitably going to use up what we have much too quickly and that we will not realize this until it is too late to change our patterns and habits. In the United Sta

El Nino What Are We Going To Do? Peter Hymmen Introduction What is El Nino? The man-made environmental disaster made out to be, or an escape from what researchers cannot explain? Understanding the events structure and global impact is the first step to interpreting these questions. The global population cannot take sides on an issue that they do not comprehend, yet recent data encourages the belief that humans are to blame for this ecological disaster and continuously make it worse. A

Climate Climate has profound effects on us, and the world in which we live. In turn we as humans, and many other global factors contribute to our climate. Almost everything in our lives somehow impacts or is impacted by climate. We as humans can affect everything, from the food we eat to the air we breathe, including climate. This is through the alteration of the earth's surface and the introduction of pollutants and chemicals such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The simple but h

How a Hurricane Begins The Equatorial trough is the area in the ocean in which the trade winds converge. It moves north and south with the seasons. This phenomena can not be explained by scientists. Hurricanes always form along or be the Equatoral trough but, never in it. In the Tropics warm air rises, cools, sinks and then returns to the equator with the trade winds. Once this air starts sinking it warms adiabatically. This produces and layer of high level air that is warmer than the air be

Acid rain is a serious problem with disastrous effects. Each day this serious problem increases, many people believe that this issue is too small to deal with right now this issue should be met head on and solved before it is too late. In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the impact has on the wildlife and how our atmosphere is being destroyed by acid rain. CAUSES Acid rain is a cancer eating into the face of Eastern Canada

Title: Landfills - Fact is more ominous than fiction It has long been believed that the largest entity brought upon the Earth by humankind is the Pyramid of the Sun, constructed in Mexico around the start of the Christian era. The mammoth structure commands nearly thirty million cubic feet of space. In contrast, however, is the Durham Road Landfill, outside San Francisco, which occupies over seventy million cubic feet of the biosphere. It is a sad monument, indeed, to the excesses of moder

The Greenhouse Effect The greenhouse effect occurs when gases such as methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and CFCs trap heat in the atmosphere by acting as a pane of glass in a car. ?The glass? lets the sun light in to make heat but when the heat tries to get out the gases absorb the heat. Holding this heat in causes heat waves, droughts and climate changes which could alter our way of living. The main gases that cause the greenhouse effect are water vapor

Science; Rainforests and Earth The Tropical Rainforests of the World In this term paper, I will explain the great importance of the tropical Rainforests around the world and discuss the effects of the tragedy of rainforest destruction and the effect that it is having on the earth. I will talk about the efforts being made to help curb the rate of rainforest destruction and the peoples of the rainforest, and I will explore a new topic in the fight to save the rainforest,

INTRODUCTION: Acid rain is a great problem in our world. It causes fish and plants to die in our waters. As well it causes harm to our own race as well, because we eat these fish, drink this water and eat these plants. It is a problem that we must all face together and try to get rid of. However acid rain on it's own is not the biggest problem. It cause many other problems such as aluminum poisoning. Acid Rain is deadly. WHAT IS ACID RAIN? Acid rain is all the rain, snow, mist

subject = Environmental Issues title = Bears Beware papers = Please put your paper here. In our world today many animals and plants are loosing their fight against human intervention in their once well-balanced ecosystem. We are all aware of the extinction of the dinosaurs and the dodo birds, however most people do not realize that annually thousands of species of our flora and fauna are now becoming extinct. This on going trend is increasingly threatening our bio diversity and global

name = Shiv Sudan email = buba_stiky@hotmail.com publish = yes subject = Science title = Rainforest Destruction papers = Introduction With the increase of rainforest destruction that is taking place, it could take ten years for the rainforests to be destroyed for good. If we don't restrain or take action towards the destruction there is no telling what will happen to the world. Most scientists have predicted that at the rate that we are going at there will be no rainforests left by the

In the past few decades, people have come to recognize air pollution as a major environmental concern not just in the United States, but internationally as well. This however, is not a current issue. In fact, the importance of good air quality was reco ng or heart disease, the elderly, and very young children under the age of five (Buchdahl "Health Effects" 1). In a study taken, it was estimated that six of every ten Americans live in an area that fails to meet one or more federal ai

Title: Australlia - Culture - Aborigines The Aborigines were described as "stone age hunters" by the first Europeans who saw them. There are about 250 tribes left and each has its own language. The Aboriginal people called "aboriginal" because the word itself mean people who lived in a place The basic constant in Aboriginal life is their sharing, caring and responsibility. The best skill for a child to learn is how to behave toward everyone they might meet. That skill i

Spring '98 Period 2 Mr. Congelli Overly Acidified Precipitation - A Major Problem in the Making? Overly acidified precipitation and its ramifications are, according to the vast majority of experts, a very important environmental issue facing the world today. The effects of overly acidified precipitation (commonly known as acid rain) are slowly and insidiously wearing down th

Coral Report By: Tony Choukalas Period 6 A major problem is happening and lots of people don't know it. The reason why people don't know about it is because we don't see it. Plus people don't know that they are doing it. People are destroying the coral in all the waters of the world. Destroying the coral is a very bad thing to anything that lives in the water. Coral provides shelter for small fish, and other things. There are two things that make coral. Coral can be made like a

Spring '98 Period 2 Mr. Congelli Overly Acidified Precipitation - A Major Problem in the Making? Overly acidified precipitation and its ramifications are, according to the vast majority of experts, a very important environmental issue facing the world today. The effects of overly acidified precipitation (commonly known as acid rain) are slowly and insidiously wearing down th

April 29, 1997 The Greenhouse Effect The topic of this essay is Global Warming or "The Greenhouse Effect ". In this essay I will explain what global warming is, what causes it, how it is affecting us, and how we can stop it. The greenhouse effect is a common term for the effect that certain changes in the lower atmosphere have on temperatures. Water vapour (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4) keep ground temperatures at an average of about 15?C. Without them the average would

INTRODUCTION In the beginning man lived simply and harmoniously with earth. However, as time progressed mankind's thirst for knowledge and more economical ways of doing things led to technological advances. These advances, in turn, led to the industrial revolution, the invention of the automobile, and growth of the automobile industry. Though making life on earth more comfortable, these industries and inventions emitted harmful gases into the earth's atmosphere. Damage to the earth's ozone

There are many problems with the ecosystem, but endangered animals have to be the worst one. Many animals are killed for their ivory, or whatever it is they need from the animal that seems to be so important, or they are left to die. I think that poachers should be executed, unless they use all of the parts of the animal, and use them for a good use. I'm just sick of these reports on the news saying that poachers killed many animals in Africa. There must be some way to create peace between poach

PORTABLE STEREOS In the last 5 or 10 years, portable stereos and tape players have become quite popular. People are more tuned into music nowadays than ever before. Music can affect you in many different ways. It can make you happy, sad, excited or angry. Different types of music affect people differently, which leads to the subject of public space and personal space. Most people with any amount of decency should carry their tape players, or stereos with headphones. It is rude to carry th

Romanticism and Naturalisticism: Reflections on Nature

Essential to man's survival, nature deserves respect. In fact, if nature is not respected or cared for, the future may be a place without a natural habitat. Growing with buildings and industrial parks, the world might be a place where one will not have a place to go to relax, to have fun, or to sit and collect thoughts. Therefore, both Henry David Thoreau and William Faulkner have written to show their concern for nature thro

There are many different energy sources and many possible future energy sources. This report will explain the downsides of the current energy sources and explain the possibility of the implementation of photovoltaic cells (PVs) as our main energy source. The idea of solar cells is not new. Since the 1970's, tax credits have been used to help the development and implementation of PVs. Plans were announced in 1993 by the federal government and a coalition of US utilities to install 50 megawatts

Landfills by Brandon Noll Landfills are places where all our trash goes when we no longer need it. Each person in the United States makes an average 4.5 pounds of garbage per year. And every year the United States as a whole produces 4,036,300,000 metric tons of solid waste each year. All of this waste does not just disappear, 80 percent ends up in landfills. In the following report I am going to tell you about the different types of landfills there are,

Horace and the Atmosphere Hey there! I don't know who's reading this, but have I got a story to tell you! My name is Horace and I'm a 5 billion-year-old rock. Now wait a minute! I know what you're thinking, "What a boring life. What does a rock know about anything?" But don't walk away yet. An old rock can know more than you think and I happen to have a pretty cool story to tell you. It's all about the atmosphere. You know, that big mass of gases and air pressure extending over 100

I hope to explain to you about tornadoes. Tornadoes are local storms of high-speed, rotating winds (Brown & Brown 219). They are strong windstorms that occur mostly in the central and southern U.S. during the spring and early summer. Tornadoes are formed when warmer, lighter air from the south gets trapped below heavier, colder air from the north. When this happens, warm air rushes upward and begins to spin. Winds may reach two hundred to five hundred miles per hour (Long 15). To

I. Introduction Would the earth be better off without humans? The expected response from a member of today's society would be a resounding yes. However, those who are quick to come to such a conclusion may not be completely correct in their response. The world is a natural thing, with only earthly inhabitants, and so long as all of these inhabitants are of earthly origins, all are natural. We as humans are natural, and therefore any consequence of our existence, be it good or bad is natural

In 1948, the industrial town of Donora, Pennsylvania suffered 28 deaths because of the thick smog. Air pollution is an ecological problem having to do with toxins in the air. There are a few things the human race has done to try to prevent air pollution from taking such a serious toll. Two of these are the Clean Air Acts and the increased use of solar power over coal power. By creating electric cars, the pollution caused by gasoline powered cars will be lessened. If the pollution is not stopped,

Factory and business owners have the ability to prevent air pollution. The government should take action, requiring equipment to cut down on hydrocarbons in the atmosphere. The little spent regulating equipment used in factories can go a long way saving billions on health problems and other related issues. Background Over 150 million people in the United States live in areas where the Environmental Protection Agency considers the air to be unhealthy. Air pollution is the presence in the atmosp

Air pollution is a very big problem in the United States. A large part of air pollution comes from cars. The Environmental Protection Agency says, "The most polluting activity an average person does everyday is drive their car"(1 factsheet OMS-5). Most people probably aren't aware that they are polluting the environment. Maybe if everyone knew how serious this pollution problem is, they would find ways to reduce the pollution. Most pollution that is released by cars comes from the exhaust, mai

The Potential Effects of a Depleted Ozone Layer " And God said, let there be light and there was light and then God saw the light, that it was good " ( Genesis 1: 3-4 ). Undoubtedly, light is good. Without light man could not survive. Light is the ultimate cosmic force in this universe allowing man to progress and flourish. In the form of heat, light from the sun warms the Earth. Light, also, is the single most important factor influencing the growth and development of plants. Photosynthesis,

Environmental Concerns: The Ozone Layer By David Wood Everyday millions of people are exposed to an invisible danger. An unseen danger that can cause horrible and drastic effects. Something so horrible that without prevention could lead to a horrible future. This danger is the depleting of the Ozone Layer. As it gets thinner and thinner more and more harmful UV rays will pass into our atmosphere. These UV Rays are the leading cause in many different diseases known today, with Melano

Overly Acidified Precipitation - A Major Problem in the Making? Spring '98 Period 2 Mr. Congelli Overly acidified precipitation and its ramifications are, according to the vast majority of experts, a very important environmental issue facing the world today. The effects of overly acidified precipitation (commonly known as acid rain) are slowly and insidiously wearing down the environment, affecting places in almost every continent. Nevertheless, very few people know whata

Blizzards By: Jenee McDonald Blizzards are a combination of wind and snow. Usually blizzards have heavy snow fall and severe cold, but not always. Sometimes the strong winds pick up the remaining snow from the last snowfall and causes a blizzard. The National Weather System defines a blizzard as large amounts of falling or blowing snow with winds of 35 mph. Strong winds, cold temperature and the blizzard all combined can create many dangers. Expos

The Goat The wild, or bezonar goat, is a very interesting animal. Imagine a mammal; about three four tall, weighing about 100 pounds, standing straight with it's ears erect, and, being the most unusual characteristic of all, having a beard. Goats were first tamed about 9,000 years ago. They are not an endangered species. Their body temperature varies from 102 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Their heart beats about 70 times per minute. So, really, they aren't very dissimilar from us.

Water Pollution and Its Effects on the Environment Water is probably the most important resource we as people have. Humans can survive without food for several weeks, but without water we would die in less than a week. On a slightly less dramatic note, millions of liters of water are needed every day worldwide for washing, irrigating crops, and cooling industrial processes, not to mention leisure industries such as swimming pools and water-sports centers. Despite our dependence on water

Hemp Proves to be Beneficial Researching hemp I have found that there are many more benefits in legalizing it, then there are keeping it illegal. When interviewing people I found that the majority of the people who know the difference between hemp and marijuana agreed that it should be legalized and if they didn't I informed them on hemp they agreed it should be legalized. In this paper I will tell you many reason's why I think hemp should be legalized and I will give you reason's why othe

ACID DEPOSITION Picture a cancer, eating a human, a sister, a brother, away bit by bit. Destroying every organ, slowing every heart beat, weakening every muscle. Then finally, shutting the body down. Ending it's existence. Acid deposition is the earth's cancer. Every rain drop causing massive destruction throughout the world. Every downpour, killing another lake, stream, fish, tree, or human. Every smog, killing it's inhabitants, weakening it's life. Unlike many environmental problems, inclu

Air Quality "Remember when atmospheric contaminants were romantically called stardust?" (5). When Lane Olinghouse uttered this statement, he was refering to the worsening problem of air pollution. The air quality of various areas, especially cities like Houston, has dramatically decreased, mostly due to industrialization and the use of automobiles. With that decrease came an increase in health risks and government spending to reduce pollution. In order to determine how to solve this pro