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Feb 01, 2021 2021-02-01

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Reference App to Explore Earth’s Ecosystems

Can your students find frogs on Mount Everest? Do they know what the climate is like in the Congo Basin in February? Do they have endangered species in their own neighborhood? BiomeViewer, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), is a free reference app for iPad about planet Earth. The app covers a myriad of data for the entire planet, including ecosystems and biomes, wildlife, climate, and photos. On the left of the screen, users will find the controls for seeing the world’s biomes and their descriptions, anthromes (where they can see patterns of human development from 1700 to 2000), average temperatures and precipitation of the planet for each month of the year, and Earth’s terrain map. They can view this information on Earth as a globe or a flat map, with or without visible political boundaries or gridlines. For precipitation and temperature, students can tap the play button to animate the changes through the year. They can also access extended descriptions and photos for every major biome on each continent: wildlife data and photos for more than 16,000 species, historical world climate data, and maps of human effects on ecosystems. Students can compare data for two locations side-by-side, export reports, and share information about locations. Teachers can follow links to access HHMI BioInteractive’s online resources and planning tools, including documentaries, lectures, virtual labs, classroom resources, and educator guides—accessible in English or Spanish.

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