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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 7. Building and Observing Microcosms

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

Materials You Provide

  • Gloves

  • Bag, brown paper

  • Camera (optional)

  • Eggshell and yolk (see text)

  • Funnel (or aluminum foil to make your own)

  • Jars, wide-mouth (see text)

  • Mixing bowl or similar container

  • Newspaper

  • Pond water/sediment/vegetation (see text)

  • Shredder and/or scissors

  • Soft drink bottles, 500 mL or 1 L

  • Trowel, ladle, or other large scoop

  • Water, spring or boiled tap

Background

Microcosms are simplified artificial ecosystems that are used to simulate and observe the behavior of natural ...

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