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Using Audio to Visualize Scientific Concepts
To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video 85 million years of Earth's magnetic reversals 1 million year of Earth time is 1 second of audio ...

Detecting El Niño in Sea Surface Temperature Data
Note: This chapter was retired in October 2018. The visualization tool (My World GIS) is no longer supported. SST anomalies for December 1997 displayed in My World GIS™. Red indicates above average temperatures compared to average SST temperatures for December data averaged over the years 1982-1998. This chapter introduces you to normal seasonal sea surface temperature (SST) variation as well as extreme variation, as in the case of El Niño and La Niña events, in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. You will learn how to download seasonal SST data from the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), via a THREDDS server, for the years 1982 to 1998. With My World GIS, you will visualize and analyze that data, looking for the tell-tale SST signature of El Niño and La Niña events that occurred during that time period. At the conclusion of the chapter, you will be given the opportunity to analyze a season of your own choosing to determine if an El Niño and La Niña SST pattern emerged in that year's data.

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Engebretson Collection of Geoscience Audio Visualizations
Geophysicist Dave Engebretson of Western Washington University has developed a collection of audio visualizations of geoscience data for use in the classroom. Below are a few examples from the collection. For ...

Animations, Visualizations, and Imagery for Teaching Sedimentary Geology
Links lead to collections of visualization resources organized by topic. Fluid Dynamics, Sediment Transport, and Sedimentary Structure Collections Unidirectional water flow Oscillatory, combined, and tidal flows ...

Allen McNamara's Educational and Research Images and Movies [of Mantle Convection]

This page offers a collection of animations and images related to mantle plumes, mantle convection (2D and 3D), and thermochemical piles.

Japan Races to Avert Multiple Nuclear Meltdowns

Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination. (March 13, 2011)

CNN - Nuclear Reactor Problem Explained

This video from Japan's NHK network explains nuclear reactors and how three safety systems failed during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

This page features USGS visualizations including a slide show of the sudden movement of the Pacific tectonic plate under the North American plate caused a massive earthquake and a tsunami. It also contains maps of the magnitude of shaking and predicted tsunami wave heights from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Tsunami Event - March 11, 2011 Honshu (northeastern Taiheiyou)

This website, from NOAA, hosts a collection of links to images, animations, and videos related to the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The graphics display forecast results, showing qualitative and quantitative information about the tsunami, including tsunami wave interaction with ocean floor bathymetric features, and neighboring coastlines. Tsunami model amplitude information is shown color-coded according the scale bar.

USArray GMV for Near East Coast OF Honshu, Japan Event

This site, from EarthScope, features a groundmotion movie (Quicktime) of North American crust nearly 6 minutes after the terrible Japan earthquake.