You can use this page to browse through all of the individual visualizations that have been cataloged in our digital library. You can also browse them as
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.
Observe how fossils can form
This website hosts an animation depicting how cast and mold fossils are preserved in the rock record. Users can play, rewind, fast forward and stop the animation at any point in the formation as well as read captions outlining the process. The animation is part of the Earth Exploration Visualization collection.
Canyon Processes-Sediment Transport Events
This website hosts images and text explaining sediment transport processes and overall morphology of Monterey Bay, California and the adjacent Salinas Valley. Images include a schematic representation of some of the major sediment transport routes for fluvial materials entering the bay and satellite images of suspended sediments during the 1998 flood. This site is designed and maintained by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
This website provides information and photographs of current laboratory models of turbidity currents. Photographs include pictures of the flume and the movement of turbidity currents in that flume.
Crystal Growth Movies (title enhanced by cataloger)
This site, maintained by the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming, contains four QuickTime videos of actual crystal growth. To access the videos, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on any of the downloads that are available. These videos enhance understanding of the processes involved in crystallization.
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.
NOAA Photo Library: America's Coastlines
America has 95,000 miles of coastline. In this collection of images from NOAA, the user can view images of America's coasts and adjacent coastal regions. Images include early Nineteenth Century sketches and drawings and modern photographs of waves, rocky shores, sandy beaches, marshes, mangroves, seaside villages, and port cities.
The goal of the PALEOMAP Project is to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. In the section on Earth history you can select any time period, read about that period, and see the plate distribution during that period. There is also a section on climate history where you can select a time period, see the climatic distribution of that period, and learn what evidence was used to reconstruct the paleoclimate. A collection of animations shows the plate distribution during different parts of Earth history. The site also has a section where you can print paleomaps that are formatted to be cut out and pasted on a 4 inch Styrofoam sphere to create your own paleoglobes.
Climate TimeLine Information Tool
The Climate TimeLine (CTL) Information Tool summarizes climate history for time spans from 1 year to 100,000 years ago and beyond. The relation between human development, weather, and climate is explored. The CTL explains how past climate is measured, provides basic information on paleoclimatology, and explains the use of paleo proxies. There is a tutorial on drought and how to use the CTL to investigate that topic. There is also a climate glossary and links to climate and paleoclimate data.