Topic: Decomposition

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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

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...