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View Resource OpenStax

Educators and learners interested in free digital textbooks, either to supplement or to replace traditional textbooks, may want to check out OpenStax. This nonprofit initiative at Rice University "publish[es] high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print." Visitors to OpenStax will find dozens of downloadable, up-to-date...

View Resource A History of Water in 20th-Century Bogota

Water frequently has a profound impact on how a city develops. This peer-reviewed virtual exhibition published by the Environment & Society Portal (featured in the 11-03-2017 Scout Report) explores the role that water played in the struggles experienced by Bogota, Colombia's capital, on its path to becoming a modern city. This exhibition features visuals such as historical photographs and maps,...

View Resource The Science of Flint's Water Crisis

In 2015 and 2016, headlines throughout the United States were captured by a human-made water crisis in Flint, Michigan: a chain of events that resulted in the city's approximately 100,000 residents being exposed to dangerous levels of lead contamination in their tap water due to financial decisions made at the state level. In this 12-minute video from the popular SciShow series (featured in the...

View Resource National Drinking Water Alliance

Readers interested in learning more about water safety and policy in the United States may want to check out the National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA). This network of organizations aims to "ensure that all children in the U.S. can drink safe water in the places where they live, learn and play" and describes its website as "the nationwide clearinghouse for essential drinking water research and...

View Resource Science Friday: A DIY Groundwater Model

In many places, water for municipal and household use comes from underground aquifers. If the groundwater in such a place became contaminated, the consequences could easily affect entire cities or more. How does something like this happen? This classroom lab resource offered by Science Friday opens with a ten-minute video explaining one example of this very situation, which occurred in 2015 at the...