Collections of Visualizations on Geoscience Topics

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2014 Oso, WA Landslide part of Hazards:Events
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 10:37 a.m. local time, a large landslide occurred near Oso, WA, USA. The collapse of the hillside generated a massive mudflow which rushed across the valley of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. The resulting debris field measured roughly 1 square mile. The slide and mudflow engulfed some 50 residences, buried an important highway through the area, and created a blockage that temporarily held back the river.

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami part of Hazards:Events
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 8.9-9 megathrust earthquake off the north eastern coast of Japan triggered a large tsunami, with wave heights reaching up to 10m. These two events caused widespread devastation and destruction in Japan, including washing away entire cities as well as damaging the country's nuclear power plants, thus causing potential meltdowns.

Tsunami Visualizations part of Hazards: Collections
Compiled by John McDaris and Monica Bruckner at SERC. This page presents animations and movies related to tsunamis and their effects on the physical and human landscape. Browse the complete set of Visualization ...

Mantle Plumes and Convection Visualizations part of Deep Earth: Collectons
Compiled by John McDaris of SERC. These animations and images are examples of the current state of knowledge and research into the nature of mantle convection and the origins of plumes. The complete set of ...

Farallon Slab Visualizations part of Deep Earth: Collectons
Compiled by John McDaris of SERC. These animations and images show what scientists know or hypothesize about the history, motion, and effects of the Farallon Plate being subducted under the North American Plate. ...

Oil Spills part of Hazards: Collections
Oil spills cause enormous amounts of damage to ocean and coastal ecosystems and the human populations that depend on them for subsistence, employment, and commerce. These resources speak to the effects of oil spills and aid educators in teaching about these catastrophic events.

Unidirectional Water Flow: sediment transport and sedimentary structures part of Sedimentary Geology:s
Sediment Transport Sediment Transport of 3.8mm, 7mm, and 12mm Gravel videos by John Gaffney. The experiments were performed in the University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and record bed load ...

Sediment Deposition and Facies in Continental Environments part of Sedimentary Geology:s
Jump to: Floods | Alluvial Fans and Headwaters Rivers Animations Terrestrial Animations This set of animations from the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) group contains 16 movies of various river ...

Gravity Flows: sediment transport and sedimentary structures part of Sedimentary Geology:s
Jump to: Mass Wasting Turbidity Currents Experimental Models Turbidity Current Experiment Videos: Suzanne O'Connell. ( This site may be offline. ) Turbidity current movies from Wesleyan University's ...

Orogeny part of Structural Geology and Tectonics:s
Compiled by Rob Thomas at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College. The following visualizations illustrate orogeny, the processes by which mountains form. Visualizations include simple ...

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