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Agricultural Pesticides and Human Health part of Case Studies
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest (epa.gov). Pests can be defined as any organism that causes plant diseases. Agricultural pesticides are then those chemicals that are used by farmers to prevent the effectivity of the pests on the growth and productivity of agricultural crops.

Asbestos in the Home part of Case Studies
This web page it designed to provide easy access to information about asbestos in order to spread awareness. Asbestos has become a major environmental health hazard. It has been used in many industrial and commercial products that can be found in the home and in the place of work. When asbestos is inhaled it causes sever damage to the lungs which can lead to major health problems including emphysema and, in cases of high exposure, lung cancer.

Volcanic Ash: More Than Just A Science Project part of Case Studies
The term "volcano" has its origin from the name of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. However, volcanoes are a result of processes of the earth much older than Roman mythology. While volcanoes may be fun to construct for science class or watch on television, the real consequences of volcanic eruptions can be harmful and serious. Some of these consequences include fires, structure damage, and differences in climate. One of the most deadly effects of a volcano is the ash coming from the eruption, which carries poisonous gases that are harmful to humans, plants, and animals alike.

Health Effects of Mercury part of Case Studies
Mercury is a devastating neurotoxin that has signficant health consequences in the United States and across every other developed country. Where there is any type of industry there is usually a risk of higher mercury levels effecting every envirnoment. Learn more about how mercury gets into the environment, what the health impacts are, and how to protect yourself from mercury poisoning.

Silicon, Silicates and Silicosis part of Case Studies
If you are exposed to dust in the atmosphere from natural or human-caused sources, you may be at risk for permanent health damage due to silicosis. To find out more about the risks, health impacts, and ways to protect yourself please read on.

Health Topics: Airborne Transport Processes

Upper Hudson Dredging Debate part of Workshop 04:Activities
This exercise is intended to investigate, in detail, a current environmental problem, namely the environmental dredging of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the Upper Hudson River. After an introductory lecture ...

Health Topics: Organic Compounds, Waterborne Transport Processes, Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, Airborne Transport Processes

Comparing Sunscreens part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students use a microcomputer connected to an ultra-violet sensor to compare the relative blocking power of different SPF sunscreens for the UVB region of the solar spectrum. -

Health Topics: Other

Minerals in the Biosphere part of Workshop 04:Activities
Class is meant to expore 1)the continuum of geological, geochemical and biochemical environments 2)the logic in health issues in the USA 3)provide a multidisciplinary approach to personal and public health. -

Health Topics: Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, Analytical Techniques, Public Policy, Heavy Metals, Waterborne Transport Processes, Minerals, Biogenic Hazards, Airborne Transport Processes

Explorations of Spatial Distributions of Environmental and Health-Related Data part of Workshop 04:Activities
This activity introduces the student to basic concepts of spatial distribution of environmental and health data with an easy to use on-line mapping program. -

Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Other, Epidemiology and Risk Analysis

Health Hazards from Mining in Butte, Montana part of Case Studies
Butte, Montana was once know as "the richest hill on earth" for it's historical extensive mining industry. The area has now transformed into the nation's largest superfund site after much of the mining was shut down and the Berkeley Pit filled up with acidic groundwater with high concentrations of hazardous heavy metals.