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About gflaplante

Science teacher at Suffield Academy (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Genetics, Electives, 20 Global Problems)

Newsletter #4 May, 2011

Here is the fourth and final newsletter in our first volume. We appreciate your reading and commenting. Click here to download Water Newsletter 4 Advertisements

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Whither the Ogallala?

The Ogallala Aquifer is the major component of the High Plains Aquifer system in the central part of the United States, between the Rockies and the Mississippi River system. This aquifer has provided the primary source of irrigation water for … Continue reading

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Newsletter #3

Please read and give us your comments on our latest Newsletter. Click here to download a copy: Water Newsletter 3

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The Good and Bad About Dams

The Good and Bad About Dams The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regulates work in the nation’s wetlands and waters, with a goal of protecting the aquatic environment, promoting responsible development, and working to ensure no net loss of … Continue reading

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How important is desalination?

Because 97% of the world’s water is too salty to drink, desalination will become more and more important for the 80% of the Earth’s population which lives within coastal regions. The biggest drawback of desalination technology is the energy requirement. … Continue reading

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Please Comment On Newsletter #2

Please click on the “comment” hyperlink below to leave a comment. We very much appreciate your thoughts. The Senior Elective Class, Humans and Water: Our Lifelong Relationship. Click here for a PDF copy: Water Newsletter 2

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Droughts in the Amazon: a problem brewing?

In 2010, the Amazon ecosystem, the world’s largest tropical forest surrounding the world’s biggest river (discharging 7 million cubic feet per second), experienced its second drought in six years. This disturbing news may be interpreted as another confirmation of climate … Continue reading

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