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6 Billion Human Beings

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Using interactive media (Java applets and Shockwave), this website provides an introduction to human population growth. The site uses visitor's answers to present various aspects such as daily statistics on fertility rates, death rates, statistics on certain population dynamics, numerous statistics for different global populations as well as thought-provoking questions about the future. Developed as an online exhibit at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France, the site is... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: July 09, 1999
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 02, 2015
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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for tom sparhawk
15 years ago

tom sparhawk (Faculty)

Avatar for Melissa Miszkiewicz
15 years ago

Melissa Miszkiewicz

I looked at this site over the period of about 15 minutes. I think that this
site would be fascinating for young people and, as an adult, I also found it
quite interesting. I think the materials raises several issues and concepts
that are important with regard to economics, particularly consumption, and
variances in geographic areas, allowing the instructor to lead into a more
intense discussion of these issues and concepts.

I was really impressed by the notion that the technology captured my age and
geographic location and referred back to it with each example to make the
examples more personal. This kind of feedback captured my attention and held my
interest. For those of us who remember better with action and visuals this
supplement to learning will greatly encourage and enhance memory and

Technical Remarks:

The material was very easy to use. Good directions were provided aside from that
which is designed to be intuitive.

Avatar for Michael Windelspecht
16 years ago

Michael Windelspecht (Faculty)

The content of this site is easily understood by students in introductory science courses. The material accurately shows the impacts of factors such as education to fertility. The graphics are easily understood and greatly enhance the site. The site is an excellent tutorial for introductory general biology or environmental science classes that discuss trends in human population, although it would probably find application in many other disciplines.

Technical Remarks:

The program runs without any problems and the graphics are small enough so that there is not a significant amount of delay over a 56K modem.