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Exploring Oceanography in the Classroom Using Data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute part of Datasheets
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provides near real-time, quality controlled, oceanographic data in many places on it's website. Four of the main datasets include: mooring, mapping, MUSE ...

Exploring the Geology of Mars using Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Data part of Datasheets
The Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data set consists of two years of altimetry data on surface features on Mars. MOLA data sets are produced by the MOLA Science Team and archived by the Planetary Data Systems ...

Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom Using Coral Radioisotope Data from Rarotonga Island in the South Pacific part of Datasheets
Coral Radioisotope Data from the Homepage for the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology (more info) provides users with access to atomic ratio data (Sr/Ca) and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) data for coral samples ...

Exploring Marine Conservation in the Classroom using Reef Environmental Education Foundation Data part of Datasheets
Accessing Fish Population Data from the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) (more info) allows users to explore how REEF involves divers (experienced and novice) in marine conservation efforts by ...

Exploring the Ocean Surface with Data from the Global Drifter Program part of Datasheets
Buoy Data from the Global Drifter Program (more info) provide real-time and historical data for over 1000 global drifter buoys. Data monitored include buoy position and sea surface temperature (SST).

Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom using Vostok Ice Core Data part of Datasheets
The Vostok research station is located near the center of the Antarctic ice sheet (78°S 106°E). Ice core samples taken at the Vostok station are used to collect data on historical carbon dioxide levels. ...

Exploring the Cryosphere Using Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center part of Datasheets
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (more info) (NSIDC) maintains the Sea Ice Index (more info) , which consists of data showing trends and anomalies in monthly mean Arctic and Antarctic sea ice concentration ...

Exploring Changes in Air Quality Using Aura Tropospheric NO2 Data part of Datasheets
This site provides processed global data in image form illustrating tropospheric NO2 concentrations.

Exploring Geochemistry in the Classroom Using GEOROC Data part of Datasheets
The Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents (GEOROC) is a database that provides chemical and isotopic data for rocks, minerals, and melt/fluid inclusions. GEOROC data is from multiple geological ...

Exploring NASA Aerosol Data in the Classroom part of Datasheets
NEO gives access to georeferenced NASA satellite imagery and provides the means for easy export into other browsers (like GoogleEarth) or analytic tools (like ImageJ or ICE). The site also contains the MODIS Blue Marble, which is a series of monthly true-color global composite images.