Topic: Decomposition

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Home Sweet Habitat & Food Webs – Crash Course Kids

Why isn't a polar bear happy in the desert? Why aren't spider monkeys essential in the Arctic? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains how habitats provide animals with the air, food, water, shelte...

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Yep, you have mites living on your face. And in this episode of Gross Science, Anna Rothschild explains how they're eating, laying eggs, dying, and leaking feces. On your face. But don't worry because we've known this...

NASA: Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D

Watch 182 million tons of dust ride the wind out of Africa's Sahara Desert in 3D, as tracked from 2007 through 2013 by lidar, thanks to CALIPSO, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation sa...

Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain

When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nouri...

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

One third of food made in the world each year ends up in the trash can. How can we stop the waste by putting that food to good use? From TED Ed, learn how worms can naturally convert our organic waste — green leaves, ...

Inside the Compost Cycle: Turning waste to nutrient-rich soil

From KQED Science, find out how San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste can be transformed into a dark, nutrient-rich material that will not only feed plants to improve the quality...

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle by wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver. Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their b...

The decomposition of a pineapple over 2 months

The decomposition of a pineapple over 2 months, time-lapsed by TEMP0NAUT. Watch more decomposition videos.

Time lapse decomposition of a tomato over two months

Time lapse decomposition of a tomato over two months. 

The decomposition of a watermelon over 35 days

35 days of a watermelon decomposing.  Via laboiteverte.fr.

(NH4)2Cr2O7! Ammonium Dichromate Volcano

(NH4)2Cr2O7! Or… an Ammonium Dichromate Volcano! With some heat, these (highly toxic) orange crystals will thermally decompose as they release heat, nitrogen, water and green dichromium (III) oxide ash.  Via ...

Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale)

"When a whale dies, the story has just begun." A beautiful paper-cutout puppet illustration of the different stages of how a whale decomposes, supporting the surrounding community of organisms for 50-75 year...

Invisible Worlds: What is the fastest accelerator on the planet?

What is the fastest accelerator on the planet? A cheetah? A rocket? A… a fungus spore? —This is a segment from the BBC’s Invisible Worlds. Related reading: Spore dispersal – The big gamble and Pil...