Living on Earth Archives

Living on Earth case studies highlight the many intersections between everyday life and the environment, and emphasize the reasons why the chapter content is important and relevant.

Camels in the Arctic!

Targeted and careful field research combined with rigorous laboratory analyses of samples can provide powerful insights into ancient climates. This type of research is essential [...]


One of the most devastating consequences of subduction is the generation of the massive ocean waves known as tsunamis (from the Japanese for “harbor wave”). [...]

The Dilemma of Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a controversial technology used to extract shale gas. By effectively shattering the shale around a drill hole, fracking improves the [...]

The Dust Bowl

Desertification is the spread of desert conditions into formerly fertile regions. The human and ecological disaster that struck the southwestern Great Plains of the United [...]

The Environmental Impact of Mining

Exploitation of the world’s mineral deposits has defined human development and lies at the very heart of modern industrial society. But the mining of our [...]

Water in the Sahara Desert

Aquifers can occur in some very surprising locations. Because underground water can travel hundreds of kilometers from its source, water supplies are sometimes located beneath [...]

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Volcanoes and the Air We Breathe

Earth’s atmosphere consists of gases and trace amounts of suspended particles from volcanoes, nuclear explosions, and industrial pollutants. Although atmospheric gases can be detected up [...]

Salt of the Earth

Precious minerals such as diamond, gold, and silver are glamorous because their worth lies in their appearance as well as their distinctive properties. Many common [...]

The Food Chain

By definition, soil must be capable of supporting life, and so soil is the foundation of how the food chain operates on land. The food [...]

Radioactivity and Radon Gas

Sometimes it seems as people share a general misconception that nature is entirely benevolent and that our environmental problems are all of our own making. [...]