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Earth Science Puzzles: Making Meaning From Data part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book is a collection of data-rich activities for use in the high school earth science classroom. In addition, there is an introduction that places the exercises in the context of the critical ...

GRACE: Tracking water from space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 7-minute video gives an overview of the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellites and explains the technique of using gravity to measure mass movement such changing as ice and ...

What is Geodesy? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Overview of what traditional geodesy is, including descriptions of geoid, ellipsoid, datum, gravity, and GPS (global positioning system). Appropriate for high school or lower division college ...

Geodesy and Gravity Class Notes part of SERC Print Resource Collection
These are class notes for one of the three required geophysics courses in the University of Colorado geophysics program. Chapters include: observational techniques, physical geodesy, stress/strain ...

USGS Crustal Deformation Data part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The US Geological Survey maintains a variety of fault and volcano monitoring sites around the western United States. Instruments at these sites include strainmeters, creepmeters, tiltmeters, ...

Surface Creep on California Faults part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides data from a number of creepmeters in California. A creepmeter is an instrument that monitors the slow surface displacement of an active fault. Its function is not to measure fault ...

Tunnel Tiltmeters part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides an overview of how tiltmeters function to help scientists detect subtle deformation of the Earths crust such as occurs from plate tectonic movements and volcanic deformation. ...

Elevation correction and the geoid tutorial part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Earth is not a perfect sphere, but is instead more like a slightly squashed sphere called an ellipsoid. Because of this, GPS receivers must use a correction model (called a geoid) to calculate ...

The geoid and receiver measurements tutorial part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page explains how differences in the gravity at different places on Earth requires GPS receivers use additional corrections to find the true elevation of places on Earth's surface. The ...

Selective availability and the GPS receiver tutorial part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website explains how the process of selective availability is used by the USA government to limit the accuracy of locations determined by GPS receivers.

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