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The Earth System

The Earth System

In this video we’re going to describe the components of the Earth’s system and explore how matter is exchanged between each of the four main spheres of the system. Although Earth looks like one large structure the air, water, rocks, and life are representatives of interconnected components or “spheres” in the Earth system. Matter cycles …

How To (Literally) Save Earth

How To (Literally) Save Earth

Soil is the literal foundation for much of life, yet we treat soil like… well, like dirt. Maybe that’s because, most of the time, soil takes care of itself; decomposing plants and animals and degrading bedrock produce new soil at roughly the same pace that wind and water erode it away But this balance between …

The Earth’s Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate

The Earth’s Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate

The internet connects more than half of the world’s population through an invisible web of servers, computers, and devices. It has changed our lives in countless ways by allowing otherwise separated people to interact and by providing access to vast amounts of information. But humans aren’t the only organisms on the planet with an invisible …

How soil offers hope for the climate crisis

How soil offers hope for the climate crisis

The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains. That’s Anna Krywoszynska, she’s a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and what she’s saying there blows my mind, that most of the processes that maintain all life on this planet exist in …