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STANDARD 7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of earth's surface
// TSUNAMIS, EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANOES, AND TYPHOONS
  • Savage Earth [Thirteen, PBS] A comprehensive four-part look at the forces that continue to affect the Earth. This website includes dramatic animation and video clips.

  • This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Techtonics [USGS] An online edition of text and images full of detailed information providing a rich research resource for teachers and students. Although the information is not focused on East Asia, it is useful background for understanding the geological formation of the region.
// CASE STUDY: JAPAN
STANDARD 8: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on earth's surface
// CHARACTERISTICS OF ECOSYSTEMS
  • EarthTrends [World Resources Institute] EarthTrends is a comprehensive research website for the following topics, with a searchable database, maps, country profiles, features, and data tables under each topic:

      • Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
      • Water Resources and Freshwater Ecosystems
      • Climate and Atmosphere
      • Population, Health and Human Well-being
      • Economics, Business and the Environment
      • Energy and Resources
      • Biodiversity and Protected Areas
      • Agriculture and Food
      • Forests, Grasslands and Drylands
      • Environmental Governance and Institutions
// EAST ASIA ECOSYSTEMS IN FOCUS
  • On the EarthTrends [World Resources Institute] website (under Characteristics of Ecosystems, above), note that each of the topics above offers "Country Profiles" on the East Asian countries/areas listed below:

      • China
      • Hong Kong
      • Japan
      • Korea (North)
      • Korea (South)
      • Taiwan
      • Vietnam
// CASE STUDIES: CHINA, MONGOLIA, JAPAN, VIETNAM
  • Biodiversity in China: Status and Conservation Needs [Biodiversity Committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences] Biodiversity within China is explored in an online series produced by the Chinese Academy of Sciences that highlights terrestrial ecosystems.

  • Water Issues in China [SPICE Digest, Stanford University] This article by Rylan Sekiguchi explores China's seemingly insatiable thirst for water, a basic resource that has been depleted in some areas and heavily polluted in others. Many claim that China has a fundamental water crisis of unparalleled proportions. Excerpted from the SPICE publication 10,000 Shovels: China's Urbanization and Economic Development.

  • Bird Links to the World: China [Bird Life International] This is a list of links on birdlife in China, birdwatching archives, migration, nature reserves, rare birds, etc.

  • Stories of Hope: Mongolia [Journey to Planet Earth, PBS] A view of an ecosystem in danger: Mongolia and its steppe lands.

  • Japan's Forests [Save the World's Forests] For a comprehensive examination of Japan's forests, which cover about 70% of the country's territory with a broad range of forest types.

  • Stories of Hope: Mekong Delta, Vietnam [Journey to Planet Earth, PBS] The significance of the Mekong River to the people who live along it.

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