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Exploring Earth

Using imagery and visualizations, this site offers investigations of almost every Earth science topic imaginable. It is structured to follow the unit and chapter headings of an Earth science textbook, offering interactive explorations to complement the topics. The scope is extensive, covering dynamic Earth processes, atmospheric science and ocean science.

Plate Tectonic Animations

This is a collection of thirteen brief plate tectonic animations that were originally produced for the US Geological Survey video Secrets in Stone. They have been converted to animated gifs for web display.

San Antonio Water System Flash Animations

This site features a series of Flash-based animations on several aspects of the San Antonio Water System. Although regional in focus, the topics are broadly applicable. They include: the hydrologic cycle, aquifer structure and function; non-point-source pollution, fresh water distribution, waste water treatment, aquifer storage and recovery and household water conservation. There are also links to a few on-line stories, but those are not included in this review.

SeaWiFS: NASA Carbon Cycle Initiative

SeaWifs 3 year data of the pulse of the planet, helps show the Carbon Build up in the air. For this presentation the Scientist wanted to show how the earth reacts to the chemicals in the air.

Alan L. Jones Computer Programs: Seismic/Eruption

This site is the homepage of Alan L. Jones, of the State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Jones is interested in most earthquake-related topics, computer graphics, and computers in education. He has created various computer-based visualizations: Seismic/Eruption, Seismic Waves, AmaSeis, and Eqlocate. Seismic/Eruption is a program used to visualize seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time. The program displays earthquakes and volcanoes (data from the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program) and can show seismicity beneath the earth in three-dimensional and cross-sectional views. Programs can be downloaded from this page.

Why is the Land in South Louisiana Disappearing?

This USGS news press release describes how the combination of shoreline erosion, land subsidence, anthropogenic infuences, and sea level rise are resulting in the loss of land in South Louisiana. It also discusses the value of Louisiana's coastal wetlands in terms of oil and gas infrastructure, shipping, fisheries, hurricane protection, and waterfowl.

American Field Guide: Relative Dating - Telling Time Using Fossils

This website integrates video footage and information with lesson plans and activities to teach students about the concept of relative dating. Students will graph a range chart for ammonites, determine the geologic age for several rocks, and determine which rocks will be most useful for oil companies looking to drill oil. This site contains lesson plans, student worksheets, discussion questions, and links for more information.

Observe an animation showing the formation of an unconformity.

This website hosts an animation depicting the formation of an unconformity in the rock record. Users can play, rewind, fast forward and stop the animation at any point in the formation as well as read detailed text outlining the process. The animation is part of the Earth Exploration Visualization collection.

The Canadian Cordillera

This site provides numerous diagrams, maps, and cross sections of the terranes and tectonic elements of the Canadian Cordillera and northwestern North America. The site also features several abstracts about the source and mineralogy of Cordilleran rocks and whether or not terranes are of a native or exotic origin.

Mantle Plumes

This site provides a broad suite of information and resources about "hot spots" and the current debate as to their existence. The site features technical tutorials and publications on a variety of mantle plume topics divided into four main categories: localities, mechanisms, generic, and other resources. The site also includes links to current news articles, information about conferences and meetings, and additional resources. Suggestions and contributions to the site are encouraged.



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