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Interpreting recent carbon dioxide data part of Climate Change:Activities
This activity engages students in viewing and downloading web-accessed data sets to examine latitudinal trends in CO2 over (recent) time and to interpret a time series of CO2 data from a selected location.

Gone Fishing part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar and Sarah L. Hill of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives This investigation introduces students to overfishing, using Georges ...

Exploring Geochemistry in the Classroom Using MELTS Computational Tools part of Datasheets
MELTS is a software package designed to facilitate thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria in magmatic systems. Users can compute equilibrium phase relations for igneous systems over the temperature range ...

Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction
This module is designed to introduce students to geophysical concepts and related earth science principles to illustrate how geophysics can be used to inform engineering projects in an urban environment. Students ...

An ice-sheet modeling exercise: Theory, data, and the importance that the twain shall meet part of Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributed by: B. Parizek, M. Kelly, M. Ver, and C. Wilbur Topic: Modeling, ice-sheet physics, ...

Bring it home: Evidence of abrupt climate change part of Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributors: Laurel Godell, Jeff Niemitz, Dallas Rhodes, Cathy Whitlock, Kathy Ellis   Topic: ...

Bipolar Climate Puzzler part of Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributors: Alan Ashworth, Lisa Doner, Kathy Licht, Warren Tomkiewicz Topic: Climate oscillations in ...

Geoid Height Calculator part of Geodesy:Resources
The Geoid Height Calculator returns the geoid height at the latitude and longitude specified by the user. The geoid is one approximation of Earth's shape due to gravity, roughly coinciding with mean sea level. Because the inside of our planet is non-uniform, gravity is not constant at the surface. If Earth were completely covered in an ocean, the water would swell over gravity highs (where there is more mass below the surface) and depress in areas of gravity lows (where there is less mass below the surface). The geoid approximates this hypothetical ocean surface, representing a geopotential surface. To think of it another way, if we were able to walk on the geoid, we would experience a constant value of gravity.

GPS Velocity Viewer part of Geodesy:Resources
This interactive tool allows users to see GPS/GNSS-measured crustal motions around the globe in a wide range of reference frames. The default view shows horizontal motions in the North American reference frame but users can choose to add vertical motions, earthquakes epicenters, plate boundaries, volcanic centers, or other reference frames. The tool can also be used as an interface to learn GPS/GNSS station names and download time series data.

Plate Motion Calculator part of Geodesy:Resources
The Plate Motion Calculator calculates tectonic plate motion at any location on Earth using one or more plate motion models.