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Donate Your Time: Resources for Volunteers

A volunteer serves others by supporting a cause without expecting anything return. Volunteering is generally a selfless act. It is a sincere concern for the welfare of others or the environment. Volunteers can be any age. They are dedicated individuals. They come from all economic, educational, and social backgrounds. Volunteers serve in areas where they have experience or where there is a need. Looking to volunteer or to learn more about volunteering? These resources offer dynamic volunteer experiences domestically and internationally. Volunteer Match: Volunteers can team up with an organization that’s just right for them. National Junior Firefighter: A national program that provides supports for junior firefighters. The program promotes awareness among young volunteers to support fire and emergency services. Volunteer Abroad: Search for international organizations that need volunteers. International Medical Volunteers: An extensive resource of health volunteer opportunities worldwide. Catholic Volunteer Network: A faith-based program that has domestic and […]

Coral Reef Information and Resources

Coral reefs are one of the more varied ecosystems, providing a home for a quarter of the ocean’s creatures. The majority of the world’s reefs are found in tropical waters, specifically in the Pacific Ocean. People and animals rely on ocean reefs for food, and some areas depend on the reefs for tourism and protection of the shoreline. Although coral seem like hard rocks, it is actually a living creature. All coral reefs begin with a small polyp. The polyps are fragile organisms, and each one excretes an exoskeleton for protection from predators. This cup shaped exoskeleton attaches to other polyps around it and these skeletal polyps form a coral colony. This coral colony extends to form what people know as coral reefs. As the polyps continue to excrete new exoskeletons, they move upward and outward, living on the surface of the old, dead skeletal system created previously. There are […]

Guide to the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is regarded as one of the highest awards in several fields, recognizing excellence in the sciences, literature, and even efforts to promote peace. Due to the prestige of the award, Nobel Prize winners are usually treated with the utmost respect. How did the Nobel Prize get started? It began with the man whom the awards are named after. Alfred Nobel was a Swedish scientist who invented the dynamite but he actually held more than 350 different patents. In 1895, he began to lay the foundations of the Nobel Prize. When Alfred Nobel died in 1896, his will was partly incomplete so it generated a lot of public attention because of his considerable wealth. After several years of criticism and negotiations, the Nobel foundation was finally established by the Norwegian parliament. Members of the Prize-awarding committee were elected on June 11th 1897. In 1901, the awards were given […]

Beaufort Wind Scale: A Closer Look

The Beaufort Wind Scale is a scale that is used by seamen and coastal observers to estimate wind speed. The scale was created by British Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in the year 1805, and it was derived from his observations of sea conditions. It was especially important during the 19th century, because no sophisticated wind speed-measuring equipment was available at that time. Despite the introduction of new technologies, it is still being used by seafarers today, and it also applied to measure wind speed on land. Initially, the Beaufort Wind Scale has 13 classes, which were numbered 0 to 12, to provide descriptions for various wind conditions. It was only in 1955 that the scale was extended to include five more classes, numbers 13 to 17. The present scale also includes descriptions of the effects of wind forces on land. The modern Beaufort Wind Scale consists of six columns, […]

Everything You Need to Know about Whales

Known to be royalty at sea, whales have certain qualities that make them truly unique creatures. Understanding them is a task that one must undertake in order to realize their significance in the world’s ecosystem. Not to be confused with fish, whales are actually mammals like humans and as a result, they are warm-blooded and they feed their young with milk from their mammary glands. For survival, whales inhale air through an opening at the top of their heads known as a blowhole. The location of the blowhole allows the whale to stay submerged while breathing. They release excess water and this forms a spout that can be used to determine the species of whale. Whales have thick bodies that are insulated by a layer of fat known as the blubber. Like other mammals and vertebrates, they have a spinal column and a heart consisting of four chambers. Their necks […]