Climate Change

Climate change is one of the problems we are facing today. You may not know it, but Earth is heating up.

One of the main problems is the greenhouse gases that man made objects are emitting. We should be focusing on renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy. At this stage we are using things like coal and petrol; things that create greenhouse gases.

2016 has been a record breaking year in temperature. It is the fourth year in a row to be warmer than the previous. In 2016, some places that should have been below freezing have been above. Glaciers are melting and some of Australia’s reefs, like the Great Barrier Reef, are heating up and some of the coral has been dying.

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Great Barracuda: Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) Florida Keys, USA Phil’s 1stPix via Compfight

So please try and create less gases. Even walking instead of taking a car or bus sometimes can help.

Mineral Mania

A mineral is a naturally occurring chemical mixture.

Minerals always have the same crystalline structure. A mineral consists of only itself whereas rocks can contain a variety of pebbles and minerals. There are over 5,300 known minerals in the world and possibly some unknown ones.

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All minerals have to fit into the five criteria. This is the five criteria.

  1. It is a solid
  2. It is naturally occurring
  3. It is inorganic
  4. It has a specific chemical composition
  5. It has an ordered and patterned atomic structure

Ice is a debatable mineral. It follows the five criteria frozen; but not as a liquid.

Rock salt is a mineral, even though its edible. Rock salt also has another name which is halite. In fact, you may find that there can be minerals in toothpaste! Fluorite is sometimes in toothpaste. Can you imagine this in something you’re about to put all around your mouth!

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Friedrich Mohs was famous for his mineral hardness scale. It was used to measure the hardness of other minerals based off the written ones. This is his scale, 1 being weakest.

  1. Talc
  2. Gypsum
  3. Calcite
  4. Fluorite
  5. Apatite
  6. Orthoclase
  7. Quartz
  8. Topaz
  9. Corundum
  10. Diamond

Thank you for reading!

Pollution and Where it Goes!

Pollution is destroying our planet and is making our landscape change. I think that people ought to know what is happening. When people drop rubbish, it will blow around in the wind and land on the ground or in rivers. Sometimes, the rubbish will end up in rivers that flow into the ocean where fish and seabirds eat this rubbish, (mostly plastic.) The Pacific Ocean has a special patch that has even been named. This is called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There are thousands upon thousands of tons of garbage in this area. Here’s a video to show you about this Patch:

The plastic sand in this video makes you wonder what it would be like to walk on a plastic beach if this patch got too bad. So please try and reduce the amount of waste you are throwing out. Some plastics are recyclable so look for a recycle sign on items. You can look at my post named “How Recycling Helps the World” for further information on recycling.

Thank you!

The Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I’ve got a challenge!

I want you to think about all the plants and what colours grow. If you think you’ve found a colour you don’t think grows on a stem or not on a stem like a weed, put the name of the colour in a comment.

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Gold and other metallic colours aren’t in the challenge. The same with neon colours.

 

What The Environment Is Home To

 The environment is home to many things.

Those things include: Insects, animals and obviously; plants. These things all need something from the environment to survive. The insects need food and water; same with the animals. Plants just need water and sunlight. For example, these flowers got everything they needed, and that’s why they grew. So, when you plant your flowers, or any plant, make sure its sunny.

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Epacris 'Pan Pipes'

How Recycling, Helps The World

Recycling is very important for the world. When you chuck things in the rubbish bin, that means another load of pollution to the world. Now, when you chuck things in the recycling bin, it means that that thing is going to be reused and recycled. That means it will be turned into something new. Here is the recycling symbol:

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But as you probably know, only some materials can be recycled. Like the following materials: Paper, cardboard, some plastics, some metals. So, if you find something made of one of these materials, check it all over for the recycling symbol.

Natural environment

Hi again,

Welcome to my “Natural Environment” post. Here you will learn a few different ways to help save the environment! Check out these posts by clicking on the category “Natural environment”  up in the header of my blog.