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
This website, designed for a Sediments and Strata course at the University of California- Davis, contains numerous photographs of turbidite sequences in outcrop. Photos are divided into two categories; turbidites in the Cretaceous Pigeon Point Formation and turbidites in the Cretaceous Great Valley Sequence. Users may also follow a link to other sedimentary photos.
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.
Our Dynamic Planet
This CD-ROM consists of tools for investigations of the theory of plate tectonics. Modules include virtual plate tectonics lecture (30 minute animated plate tectonics video), geography game, profile game, MAP data display, and graphics workshop. Data are accessible through a point and click interface with extensive online help. Data includes elevations, seafloor and island ages, earthquakes, volcanoes, oceanic heat flow, volcano and landform images and movies. Detailed DEM data and images are available for selected mid ocean ridge study areas. A companion teacher's manual discusses elements of a science investigation, how to write a science paper, how to use the software, and gives examples of investigations that can be performed. The CD-ROM can be ordered from this website.
Paleogeography of the Southwestern US
This site features maps of the paleogeography of the Southwestern US from 1.8 billion years ago to 10 million years ago. The images were prepared by placing stratigraphic, tectonic, and sedimentologic data on a base map, plotting land versus sea over this data, and then adding climatic data and detailed landforms such as mountains, shelf edges, rivers, arc-trench systems, and lowlands. The maps are organized by time period and when viewed in sequence they show the paleogeographic evolution of the region. Two different interpretations are presented; one showing a tectonic evolution in which most elements of the western US were derived from the North American continent, and the other depicting a tectonic history of exotic terrain accretion.
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.
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.
Undersea Landscapes: Bay of Fundy
This site uses text and photos to explain how the physical characteristics of the Bay of Fundy create the unique tides that occur there. It also explains how the extreme tides affect nutrient cycling and plankton in the Bay, mudflats, and salt marshes. A static 3D map shows the areal extent of the Bay and an interactive 3D map explains the concept of vertical exaggeration. A short movie shows real footage of the rise and fall of the legendary tide in one local harbor.
Regional Paleogeographic Views of Earth History
This site presents a series of paleogeographic and plate-tectonic reconstructions that illustrate the broad patterns of the Earth's structural history. Reconstructions of North America, Colorado Plateau, SW North America, and Mesozoic terrane accretion. Older Mediterranean, Central and Southern Asia views are also available. Reconstructions by geologist Ron Blakey (formerly Northern Arizona University) and Colorado Plateau Geosystems, Inc.