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Adventures in Aipotu: Episode 9

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  1. Do you know that there are different kinds of deserts? Take a look at http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html. More information on how deserts are formed and the flora and fauna of deserts can be found at http://library.thinkquest.org/26634/text/desert/types.htm.

  2. You can learn more about this strange beetle that Filo and Damini saw right here.

  3. Why did Filo say that a desert is not a wasteland? Do you agree with him?

  4. What reasons did Filo give for formation of the arid land around them?

  5. What are the environmental and ecological hazards of shrimp farming? http://www.american.edu/TED/THAISHMP.HTM

  6. Research topic: Where does the shrimp you eat at your local restaurant come from? What kinds of lives do the shrimp farmers of that region live?

  7. Do you know about falling water tables in the United States? Here is a story. http://www.uswaternews.com/archives/arcsupply/1dwiwat10.html. Not only is the water table falling but pesticides, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals are finding their way into the water table. http://www.nutriteam.com/history.htm and http://www-geology.ucdavis.edu/~gel115/115CH18miningwater.html.

  8. Where does the water you drink come from?

  9. Where does the food you eat come from? What fertilizers and pesticides do they use? Which water sources do these fertilizers and pesticides run off into? Do you drink water from that water source?

  10. What is garbage? Who generates it? What kinds of garbage are generated at your home? At your place of work? What happens to that garbage?

  11. Does your city have a waste incinerator? What do experts have to say about pollution caused by Waste incinerators?

  12. How can you reduce production of waste?

  13. Do you know that the total amount of material in the Earth is fixed? What happens if you use more without recycling? Will there be anything left for our future generations?

  14. Mercury has historically been one of the most dangerous pollutants. Find further information on mercury pollutions.

  15. Do you now that nuclear waste is radioactive and affects people? Children grow up with more fingers or with tumors or with slower rates of development. Where is nuclear waste generated? What is done with this waste? http://www.history.rochester.edu/class/EZRA/, http://zebu.uoregon.edu/disted/ph161/l19.html, http://www.ieer.org/pubs/highlv3b.html

  16. What are the health hazards? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1615299.stm, http://archive.greenpeace.org/pressreleases/nucreprocess/1998mar12.html, http://www.citizen.org/CMEP/, http://www.who.int/peh/Radiation/Chernobyl.htm

  17. Who is responsible for the garbage dumped all around the Earth? How do we clean it up? How do we prevent future accumulation of garbage? What can you do to help?

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