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Animal | Vegetable | Mineral


Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

Exploring the Earth and Animal Sciences

Location: #science
Members: 57
Latest Activity: May 13

Welcome to Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral is a group where those who share this fascination can discuss the Earth and animal sciences of geology, volcanology, seismology, ecology, ethology, primatology, entymology—basically all the –ologies of the natural world. 

For general science, chemistry, genetics, or evolution, please post in the Science! group. For posts on animal rights and welfare, please post in Animal Care. For cosmology, please post in The Daily Cosmos. For green living, sustainability, and environmental activism, please post in the Green Atheists group.

Action Alert & Petition Thread
Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature
News Thread: Empathy and Reciprocity in Animals
The AVM Book Thread
The AVM Video Thread
Website Links: Conservation, Protection, and Advocacy


Discussion Forum

Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Mar 1, 2015. 850 Replies

New species found in Australia

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Nov 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Cockatoos can pick complicated locks!

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal Jul 11, 2013. 5 Replies

The intelligence of octopuses

Started by Adriana. Last reply by doone Jun 24, 2013. 3 Replies

Darwin's Frogs Are in Steep Decline

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

How Dogs Help Protect Threatened Species

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

The AVM Video Thread

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 12, 2013. 402 Replies

8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Atlantic puffins in peril in US

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Plan lifts Lower 48 wolf protections

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Defenders of Wildlife

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Comment by Stephen on April 11, 2016 at 1:48am

Canada has the space but the UK is tiny in comparison. But I'm still in favour of the reintroduction. But it would have to be carefully watched.

Comment by Mrs.B on April 11, 2016 at 1:45am

They are good for the ecology according to a documentary we watched.

Comment by Stephen on April 11, 2016 at 1:22am

We haven't had wolves in Britain for over a century and its a hot topic over here, whether we should reintroduce wolves and what would be the consequences.

 'No ecological reason' against reintroducing wolves

European grey wolf


Comment by Mrs.B on April 11, 2016 at 1:10am

We have several species of wolves here.

Comment by Stephen on April 10, 2016 at 9:09pm

The place where wolves could soon return


The last wolf in the UK was shot centuries ago, but now a "rewilding" process could see them return to Scotland. Adam Weymouth hiked across the Scottish Highlands in the footsteps of this lost species.

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Comment by Chris on March 23, 2016 at 5:15am

Environmental Health Services (EHS) and Vector control..

Environmental health practitioners deal with vector control issues daily. With the threat of terrorism, practitioners must also prepare for possible biologic attacks in which animal and insect vectors could be used to deliver disease-causing organisms.

This section provides information and technical assistance on vector control for preventing disease and protecting public health.

CDC Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases – reference center for vector-borne viral and bacterial diseases

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare for, plan for, and respond to vector-borne agents after disasters:

CDC Rodent Control After a Disaster – information about rodent infestations and precautions to take when cleaning rodent-infested areas

Links to information from outside CDC

The Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center – tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide, including

U.S. Armed Forces Pest Management Board – recommends policy, provides guidance, and coordinates the exchange of information on all matters related to pest management

World Health Organization (WHO):

Comment by Chris on March 23, 2016 at 12:36am

With carbon going into the atmosphere it makes calcium carbonate which breaks down preventing shell formation.


Ocean Acidification Illustration

Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem

Fundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the world's oceans. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from humankind's industrial and agricultural activities has increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The ocean absorbs about a quarter of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere every year, so as atmospheric CO2 levels increase, so do the levels in the ocean. Initially, many scientists focused on the benefits of the ocean removing this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.  However, decades of ocean observations now show that there is also a downside — the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater, a process called OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.

Mission statement

To understand the changing chemistry of the oceans and the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems.  Our observations of key physical, chemical, and biological parameters support NOAA's overall efforts to predict how marine ecosystems will respond and to develop management strategies for adapting to the consequences of ocean acidification.

Oceanographers in our group have been studying how CO2 emissions affect the ocean system for more than three decades and continue to monitor ocean acidification in all the world’s oceans from coral reef ecosystems to deep North Pacific waters.  Our group collects several types of carbon measurements throughout the world’s oceans. We participate in large-scale research cruises across ocean basins and along coastlines at regular intervals to study how ocean chemistry is changing through time.

We also make measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) in the surface water of the world’s oceans using automated analytical systems on moorings and underway platforms. We are currently in the process of adding pH, oxygen, chlorophyll, and turbidity sensors to our existing moored and underway systems to more accurately and precisely study the changes associated with ocean acidification.


See the links below to learn more about ocean acidification and the type of research our group is involved in.


The sea 'butterfly' is loosing it's ability to make shells because of acidification.

Comment by Stephen on March 21, 2016 at 3:22pm

Yes me too, they are somethings you can always remember

Comment by Mrs.B on March 21, 2016 at 2:25pm

Love these plain language explanations!

Comment by Stephen on March 21, 2016 at 8:35am

Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

Get Your Mind Blown By Seeing Proof Of Evolution That You Can Find On Your Body


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