Earth Science Links
Alaska´s Cold Desert
Activities demonstrate the effects of temperature and freezing on decomposition and the effect of permafrost on plant growth.
American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936
This rich resource of American environmental photography documents changes in the natural landscape, provides historical reference points for the development of these areas, and highlights the work of a group of influential American botanists who defined the scientific and intellectual theories of ecology that shaped the modern conservation movement.
Ask Dr. Global Change
A reference service that assists researchers, students, educators, resource managers, decision makers and the general public in finding information and data relevant to global environmental change. Answers are prepared by GCRIO staff along with staff from U.S. Government agencies.
Atlas of Rocks, Minerals & Textures
This web page was constructed to aid undergraduate instruction at the Geology Department of the University of North Carolina.
NOVA Online presents ´Avalanche!´, a look at the making of a documentary film on a natural disaster.
Cascades Volcano Observatory
The U.S. Geological Survey´s Cascades Volcano Observatory Website, which focuses on hazards, activity, history, and monitoring of volcanoes, with emphasis on volcanoes of the Western United States.
Online resource for geology, Earth science, the environment, and public policy, with news, research, and education in climate change, global warming, El Nino, biodiversity, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more!
Dangerous Earth Lesson Plan
The focus of this lesson plan is earthquakes and what it´s like to experience a quake and its aftermath. After researching historical earthquakes, students translate what they learned from first-hand experiences into a piece of artwork or writing.
Earth Science World
Take advantage of the available resources to learn more about the Earth Sciences.
Earth Science Lesson Plans
Uses links off the web for some of these projects.
Earth and Space Science
provides activities, animations, and lessons on astronomy, the solar system, and earth's structure, processes, and history. Topics include earthquakes, faults, tectonic plates, soil liquefaction, Antarctica, convection currents in water, continental drift, extremophiles, auroras, subduction, Curie point, ozone, climate change, earth's magnetic field, and seasons. (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)
National Geographic´s Conservation Home page.
EROS Data Center
EDC has stored, processed, and distributed a variety of data, including cartographic data, satellite data, and aircraft data. The EDC´s archives also hold the world´s largest collection of civilian remotely sensed data covering the Earth´s land masses, housing millions of satellite images and aerial photographs.
Eye in the Sky
National Geographic explores the Earth and its environment with video clips and photos of volcanoes, tornadoes, natural disasters, and human impacts.
Exploring the Environment
Students may want to begin in the "Modules and Activities" section - teachers, in the "Teacher Pages" section.
Geologist´s Lifetime Field List
The following is a list of essential or desirable locations for geologists or travelers to visit. It contains many of the interesting geological wonders of the world, with links for most of them.
Geology Time Scale
Exploring this series of exhibits will take you on a journey through the history of the Earth, with stops at particular points in time to examine the fossil record and stratigraphy.
Newsmagazine of the Earth Sciences.
Global Climate Change
is an introduction to the world of scientific research on climate change. Learn about physical processes underlying the earth's climate, data on how the climate is changing and the role of human activity, and questions and uncertainties that researchers continue to explore. The site is organized in four parts: the atmosphere, hydrosphere (oceans and water), cryosphere (snow and ice), and biosphere (living organisms). (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)
Global Earthquake Response Center
A comprehensive set of online resources to prepare yourself, your home and your business for an earthquake, plus links to up-to-the-minute news about seismic activity around the world.
The Green Frog News
Environmental Newspaper for Kids.
Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands
http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/fringe/ff_index.htmlHelps students identify types of wetlands and understand the role of wetlands in controlling erosion, retaining water, filtering pollutants, and serving as nurseries for young organisms. The barrier islands, the Mississippi River, and the consequences of wetland loss are examined.
Learning About Fossil Fuels
features lessons on coal, oil, and natural gas. Learn how coal is formed and used, and about technologies for cleaning up coal. Find out how oil is squeezed out of the earth and how natural gas is extracted from the ground and sea. (Department of Energy)
Milestones in the History of Energy and Its Uses
features a timeline of energy developments and uses since the 1700s. Learn about biomass, coal, electricity, geothermal, natural gas, nuclear power, oil, solar power, wind turbines, and transportation. See biographies of individuals who contributed to energy and science. Read a history of energy in the U.S. from 1635-2000. (Department of Energy)
Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam
This is an image of Mount St. Helens, taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The Observatory and VolcanoCam are located at an elevation of approximately 4,500 feet, about five miles from the volcano. You are looking approximately south-southeast across the North Fork Toutle River Valley.
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Provides 165 lesson plans developed to bring entire classrooms "on board" for exploration and discovery. Topics include deep-sea hydrothermal vents " their spectacular animal communities, benthic creatures of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (one of Earth´s most geologically complex regions), seafloor methane, unexplored deep reef habitats off the Carolinas, the Titanic, and the mystery of the Steamship Portland (lost in a 1898 storm off New England).
Includes soil surveys for each state, a manual for surveying soil, an urban soil primer for homeowners and local planning boards, and "tools for educators" -- lessons and information on soil taxonomy (the "12 orders of soil"), fundamental concepts about soil, soil biology, and soil risks and hazards.
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/explorer/topic_realtime.aspEnsures that critical information needed by emergency forecasters and managers during extreme events is available. See "live" views of volcanoes around the world, weather images, geologic & mineral resource information, national flood-threat forecasts, and streamflow information.
Rocks and Images
An introduction to rock collecting. Read about the 3 kinds of rocks -- igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic -- and the Earth processes that formed them. Find out how to start a rock collection, where to find rocks, and the equipment you´ll need.
Soil Science Home Page
Looks at soil fertility, nitrogen in soil, soil chemistry, soils as electrical systems, soils as filters, soil physics and particle sizes (silt, sand, and clay), microorganisms in soil, nutrients that plants need, soil morphology, judging soil by feel, structures and shapes of soil, and "soil profile" images from Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and other states. Learn how soil is formed and how long it takes to create an inch of soil.
Southwest Volcano Research Centre
Contains information about current eruptions from around the globe and on-going research into the forecasting of the volcanic eruptions of many of the world´s volcanoes including some of the world´s most dangerous volcanoes.
Understanding Volcanoes Lesson Plan
Students learn that a volcano can act as a giant cooling vent for Earths inner core.