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Collections of Visualizations on Geoscience Topics

Browse through our collections of visualizations on geoscience topics. Each collection page is targeted at a topic that could be addressed in one or just a few class periods. Many of these pages reside in other parts of the On The Cutting Edge website so don't be surprised if the page looks different when you click on one of the links.

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Mineral Structures part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Visualizations
Compiled by John McDaris (SERC) and John Gleason at Montana State University. These images and animations can be used in a lecture and/or lab setting to introduce students to silicate mineral structures. Click ...

2010 Icelandic Volcano Eruption part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hazards:Events
The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in March and April 2010 posed significant challenges for the people of Iceland as well as millions of people across Europe whose airplanes were grounded due to the high concentrations of volcanic ash. One unresolved question centers around the whether this eruption will trigger an eruption by the larger Katla volcano which is located close by and often erupts after its smaller neighbor.

2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hazards:Events
At 9:20AM local time on February 15, 2013, a meteor scorched across the skies above Chelyabinsk, Russia. The meteor's entry into the atmosphere causes a bright streak of light, described by many as brighter than the sun. The meteor traveled some 200 miles through the atmosphere before vaporizing in an explosion that shattered windows and set off car alarms. More than 1000 people reported injuries, mostly from flying pieces of broken glass. Coincidentally, the meteor arrived on the same day as the asteroid 2012 DA14 made it's closest approach to Earth, ~17,200 miles - inside the orbits of geostationary weather and communication satellites. But the two events were unrelated.

Glacial Landforms Resulting from Erosion and Deposition part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geomorphology:Visualizations
Find animations presenting how depositional landforms like moraines and outwash plains form. In addition there are animations of the formation of erosional landforms like U-shaped valleys, cirques, and hanging waterfalls. A movie of Greenland uses actual footage to show various erosional landforms. Photographs of glacial landforms are also provided.

2010 Deep Horizon Oil Spill part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hazards:Events
The failures and explosion at the Deep Horizon platform in the Macondo Oil Field resulted in one of the worst oil spills in American history. The effects of this event will be felt in communities and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast for decades to come.

Seismic Shear Wave Propagation Animations part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Geophysics:Visualizations
Created by Saadia A. Baqer and Michael E. Wysession Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri Funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-9455417), and the David and ...

Wetland Visualizations part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Visualizations
Compiled by Suzanne Savanick at SERC. Find wetland images and visualizations that illustrate wetland loss or wetland function. Browse the complete set of Visualization Collections. National Estuary Program Habitat ...

Atmospheric Heating Animations part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Visualizations
Find animations covering the electromagnetic spectrum, Earth's radiation balance, temperature contours, and the urban heat island.

Sandbox Movies part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Visualizations
Compiled by Mark Hagemann and Emily Thomas at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. The following movies show sandbox experiments used to visualize structural processes such as faulting ...

February 2010 Chile Earthquake and Tsunami part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Hazards:Events
Centered off the coast near Maule, Chile, this 8.8 magnitude earthquake on February 27, 2010 was one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. The massive quake also triggered a tsunami that swept across the Pacific basin.

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