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Google Earth Science - Page 1
This selection of Google Earth and SketchUp files illustrate and model seismic zones using block models and cross-sections. Regions include Japan, Seattle, the Rockies, San Francisco, Iceland, the New Madrid fault, and I-64 (east coast of US), among others. Right-click each image to download a KMZ file for viewing with Google Earth. To examine KMZ contents, unzip and open the KML source doc with your text editor.
Southern California ShakeOut
These compelling earthquake simulations show ground movement and wave propagation as an earthquake rupture propagates along the San Andreas Fault. These simulations are from the Great Southern California ShakeOut earthquake drill conducted in 2008. The animations capture the shaking at length scales larger than about 300 ft (100 m) and provide detailed animations of the shaking for this scenario earthquake. Several different views are available. The files are QuickTime and are available in three different resolutions.
Monterey Canyon Turbidity Flow
This website describes two turbidity events flowing down Monterey Canyon. The flows were recorded in December 2002 by a benthic mooring device located at1300 m depth. The website contains a detailed description of the events as well as graphs and illustrations of the effect of the event on instrumentation, including parameters such as flow speed and temperature.
Properties of the Atmosphere
This QuickTime animation, with accompanying audio, shows how temperature, pressure, and density change with increasing altitude. Whereas pressure decreases fairly uniformly with height, there are both increases and decreases in temperature with height. These temperature changes can lead to a good discussion of the role of ozone layer in the stratosphere and the distinction between heat and temperature patterns in the thermosphere.
Understanding Earth: Coal Formation
Supplementary material from Understanding Earth (4th ed.), this short animation guides viewers through the formation of coal and its pathway through different grades. The animation is annotated with labels.
This site from the NRC provides animated diagrams of the two types of nuclear reactors used in the US, the pressurized water reactor and the boiling water reactor.
The Basics of Ocean Chemistry: Carbon, Circulation, and Critters
Ocean chemistry, particularly the carbon cycle, is featured in text and illustrations, with quantitative graphics and a lab demonstration. Graphics include the global carbon cycle from 1980-1989, annual carbon dioxide flux, ocean chlorophyll concentration east of Buenos Aires, and a cartoon showing upwelling of nutrients.
This website contains class notes from a Geology 101 (physical geology) course. It discusses the composition and structure of the Earth
Animations of Glacial Processes
This site features four Flash animations of glacial processes. Topics include glacier basics, ice flow in a glacier, cross-section of an ice sheet, and crevasse formation. Each short animation includes captions and diagrams which define terminology and explain the processes depicted.
Seasonal Migration of Snow Cover on Mt. Ranier
This Flash animation shows the seasonal fluctuation of the snow line on Mount Rainier, Washington. A compilation of monthly images show the approximate amount of snow cover on the mountain for a full year and the image with the least amount of snow shows the position of the snow line. The animation can be paused and rewound to emphasize important points.