How much water does your food use?

How much water does your food use?

Last week I found out it takes more than three and a half gallons of water to grow one head of lettuce. Maybe you saw this article too. I wasn’t sure if that was a lot of water or not - plants do need water to grow. But how much do they need? Digging further into the source of the article, I found a concept that I hadn’t heard about - the water footprint of a crop. 

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Drink a ton of water to get 1 oz. of food? All in a day for a coral reef sponge. You can help discover more about these amazing animals!

Drink a ton of water to get 1 oz. of food? All in a day for a coral reef sponge. You can help discover more about these amazing animals!

Sponges can filter 50,000x their own volume in a day! What does this mean for nutrient availability on coral reefs? Find out more about current research aimed at finding out how sponges are changing the water chemistry on coral reefs in the Florida Keys.

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Going green? How about going "blue" too?

Going green? How about going "blue" too?

We know it's important to go green, but you might also want to consider going blue too.

Blue carbon is carbon (carbon dioxide) that is sequestered and stored by marine habitats like mangrove forests, estuaries, and the rocky intertidal. Knowing the carbon cycle, studies have shown that these marine habitats take in and hold more carbon than terrestrial habitats like rainforests. Thus these habitats could greatly help us in reducing our carbon footprint!

Interested in learning more? Read on!

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Molecule of the Month: Something Salty.

Molecule of the Month: Something Salty.

Some of you may have heard of our Mutualism of the Month theme. Congratulations on coming across our first post for Molecule of the Month!    

What is a molecule, you ask?  It can be defined simply as a neutral group resulting from two (or more) atoms binding.

This month, I'll be discussing a molecule we know all too well...perhaps?  Na-Cl (sodium chloride), also known as salt.  Why do we need salt?  How is it formed?  Where does it come from?  All this, and more!

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Water's the matter?

Water's the matter?

Water plays a (very obvious) role in our everyday lives, but how often do we consider its source?  This post is a quick and informative overview in deciphering where your water is coming from, where it's going, and how much of it we can continue to "drink up" at the rate we're currently at - with a little Biochemistry mixed in too, of course!

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How to kill a plant: death by drowning

How to kill a plant: death by drowning

I’m the girl that writes about plants.  Being said person, I have a lot of plants at home.  Since I don’t have any actual pets (or children) my houseplants are given plenty of attention.  Despite years of practice caring for plants, last summer I inadvertently slowly killed two via drowning.  

A plant can drown you ask? It's not that hard. You could do it too.

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The Solution to Pollution is NOT Dilution

The Solution to Pollution is NOT Dilution

Whoever coined the ORIGINAL saying was seriously mistaken.

 

One might think because the ocean seems endless, it doesn’t matter how much you dump into it. It’s easy to suspect that it will be diluted and magically disappear…
WRONG.

 

Learn more about what water pollution is, where it goes, and what we should really be doing to solving the problem. 

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