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Glow-in-the-dark sharks and other stunning sea creatures

Glow-in-the-dark sharks and other stunning sea creatures | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Just a few meters below the waves, marine biologist and explorer-photographer David Gruber discovered something amazing -- a surprising new range of sea creatures that glow in many colors in the ocean's dim blue light. Join his journey in search of biofluorescent sharks, seahorses, sea turtles and more, and learn how these light-up creatures could illuminate a new understanding of our own brains.
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Diversity in the depths of the sea.

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Plastics to outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050: Report

Plastics to outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050: Report | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
It nothing is done to clean up the plastics that are filling our oceans and destroying marine life, by 2050, the weight of all that floating garbage will outweigh all the fish in the oceans, says a report that came out on Tuesday.
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If true, how will this impact biodiversity?

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home - IceWatch

home - IceWatch | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
What is IceWatch?   As citizen scientists, IceWatch volunteers contribute to a scientific understanding of climate change. By analyzing citizen records, scientists have found that the freeze-thaw cycles of Northern water bodies are changing. However, since climate change is not…
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Climate change is having an impact on biodiversity and YOU can make a difference on this site. 

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DeforestAction - Earthwatchers Signup

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Deforestation is just one issue affecting biodiversity. Become an Earthwatcher to help with this issue.  You will be assigned a parcel of land, and through the use of satellite imagery, you will identify and mark changes in land patterns over a period of time.!  How cool is that!?!

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YOUTH AND BIODIVERSITY: 6 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND EXTINCTION

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Be sure that you don't have these misconceptions!

 

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How we're growing baby corals to rebuild reefs

How we're growing baby corals to rebuild reefs | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it's easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they're in the news lately because of how quickly they're bleaching, dying and turning to slime. But the good news is that we're learning more and more about these amazing marine invertebrates -- including how to help them (and help them help us). This biologist and TED Senior Fellow offers a glimpse into the wonderful and mysterious lives of these hard-working and fragile creatures.
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Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria

Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
The NGO DARE turned the dual problem of Nigeria's housing shortage and pollution problem into a wonderful solution by creating Africa's 1st home made entirely out of plastic bottles
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Advanced Robotic Bees That Can Pollinate The World, Kill Predators, And More! - YouTube

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The Magic School Bus 04 Gets Eaten - YouTube

The Magic School Bus-educational series. The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the boo...
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Great video on Food Chains

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The Strangest Defence Mechanisms In The Animal Kingdom | IFLScience

The Strangest Defence Mechanisms In The Animal Kingdom | IFLScience | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
The animal kingdom is always full of surprises. With predators lurking left right and center, self-defense is a top priority for some. But just what lengths will some animals go to so that they don’t end up served al dente with a light sprinkling of saliva?
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Some inspiration - if you need it - when creating your own creature. 

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Science Finds a Glowing Sea Turtle, We Find Our New Favorite Animal | The Creators Project

It doesn't get more lit than being the first-discovered bioluminescent reptile.
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We are still discovering new species. 

Think about the process that would be involved. 

Why do people think it is important to discover and document new species?

 

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Look Up - YouTube

'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways t...
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How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business

How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant -- but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.
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Check out what one woman did with an invasive species!

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How NASA Monitors Climate Change in Two Infographics - Singularity HUB

How NASA Monitors Climate Change in Two Infographics - Singularity HUB | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
We've all heard about climate change due to rising sea levels and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. But the question is, how rapidly is the climate actually changing? The recently signed Paris Agreement, in which... read more
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Can you think of other ways we could monitor climate change?

 

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Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Monarch Watch is a cooperative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers dedicated to the study of the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus and its spectacular fall migration.
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Great citizen science site. Make your contributions. 

 

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Deadly Starfish Eats Coral: Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) crisis

The venomous thorn-like spines that protect this starfish are the least of our problems - this species is destroying coral reefs in many parts of the world d...
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Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris - Environment

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris - Environment | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Representatives from almost 200 countries are meeting outside Paris to try to reach a deal to slow global warming.
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Think about the importance of diversity in agriculture 

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Before and After Photos Reveal How Much Glaciers Have Melted in 100 Years

Before and After Photos Reveal How Much Glaciers Have Melted in 100 Years | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Climate change has transformed our world, but the effects aren’t instantaneous, making it difficult to fully grasp the severity of the situation. One…
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With glaciers receding, how might biodiversity of the landscape change?

 

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Orange Peel Waste Can Help Remove Mercury Pollution From Oceans | GOOD

A breakthrough at Australia's Flinders University turns waste into a new tool for environmental remediation.
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10 Totally Weird Creature Adaptations - Listverse

10 Totally Weird Creature Adaptations - Listverse | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
We're all familiar with the scales and claws that some animals have evolved as adaptations. But other creatures have taken on traits so bizarre that the an
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Newly discovered species | ARKive

Newly discovered species | ARKive | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
Newly discovered species are species that are either new to science or sufficiently different to any other species previously described by scientists. Be one of the first to explore photos and learn facts about nature’s latest new discoveries.
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If you were on a hunt to discover a new species, where would you start?

 

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Seek-and-destroy robot to stop starfish killing the Great Barrier Reef - CNET

Seek-and-destroy robot to stop starfish killing the Great Barrier Reef - CNET | Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things | Scoop.it
The Queensland University of Technology is developing an autonomous robot to deal with the one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef: Crown-of-Thorns Starfish.
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Invasive species 

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