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101 Crazy Theories About Dinosaur Extinction
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This document presents a number of theories, both plausible and implausible or even humorous, for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Links to a glossary are embedded in the text. A reading list and links to related sites are also provided.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
16th-20th Century Maps of Africa
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In 1948, Melville J. Herskovits established the African Studies program at Northwestern University. It was the first of its kind at a major research university in the United States, and since its creation, it has also been actively involved with collecting historic maps of Africa. This particular online collection draws on this legacy of preservation and acquisition, and all told, it contains 113 antique maps of Africa dating from the middle of the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century. Visitors can utilize a search engine to look through the maps, or they may also browse by title, cartographer, or date. There are a number of real finds here, including Frederik de Wit's 1708 map of North Africa (titled "Barbaria") and an early map of Zanzibar from 1740.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
11/07/2006
1900 Air Pollution
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This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA special What's Up with the Weather?, reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal- and oil-burning power plants, cars, and other fossil-fuel-burning sources have climbed along with the world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

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Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
Date Added:
12/26/2002
1964 Alaska Earthquake
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This video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, explores what happened during the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 through original footage, first-person accounts, and animations illustrating plate tectonics. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
1.MD Weather Graph Data
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No Strings Attached
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Materials * Completed monthly weather recording sheet * Crayons * Sentence strips with frames (see below) * Student worksheet Actions Every day for a m...

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
11/05/2013
1st Grade Geometry
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This page hosts a collection of geometric tasks in pdf format that are aligned to the CCSS standards 1.G1 through 1.G3. It also has links to supplementary literature and learning materials.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Date Added:
11/05/2013
2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Project
Conditions of Use:
Remix and Share
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Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for coordinating disaster relief after a major disaster (the 2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami) occurs. The agency needs to understand the situation in each country so that it can coordinate the work of various governments and NGO (nongovernmental organizations) working in the affected area.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Char Bezanson, Eastview High School, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Date Added:
11/07/2014
2013 CAR Breakfast Briefing Series - Automotive Fuels and Emissions - Policies Compliance and Potential Impact of Future Technologies
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This resource contains presentations from one of the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR's) breakfast briefings titled "Automotive Fuels and Emissions: Policies, Compliance, & Potential Impact of Future Technologies." This briefing occurred on 12/5/13 at Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington Hills, MI. At the briefing presenters discussed the strategic implications of Tier 3 regulations which will soon be finalized and may impact future technology decisions in a multitude of ways. The impact of Tier 3 emission regulations is expected to be far reaching as they have the potential to influence the quality of fuel, as well as usage of alternative fuels and powertrains. Further, the regulations will have a direct influence on the technologies, such as diesel and gasoline direct injection, that automakers will utilize to meet the fuel economy standards through MY2025. Included in this resource are the presentations from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Volkswagen, and Bosch utilized at the briefing.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
Date Added:
12/05/2013
2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition: What's Next for the Electric Highway?
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This resource contains speaker presentations from the 2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition. This conference took place September 30, 2013 to October 3, 2013 at Liberty Station in San Diego, CA and had the theme What's Next for the Electric Highway? This event brought together automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, academia, and the environmental community to collaborate on the next steps in plug-in electric vehicle technology, infrastructure, policies and regulations, and market development.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Data Set
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
Electric Power Research Institute
Date Added:
09/30/2013
29 Evidences for Macroevolution
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This webpage features images of hominid skulls dating from 2.6 million years ago to the present. It illustrates the similarities between skulls and demonstrates the manner in which hominid skulls have gradually evolved towards the modern homo sapiens skull.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Douglas Theobald
Talk.Origins Archive
Date Added:
11/07/2014
29 and Leap Years - Numberphile
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In this 7-minute video astronomer Dr Meghan Gray explains the relationship of the Earth's rotation and its revolution around the Sun, resulting in the need to add an extra day to our calendar every four years. She describes additional adjustments required to keep our calendar aligned with the Earth's movements. Dr Gray explains the Julian date and its usefulness.

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Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Brady Haran
Dr Meghan Gray
Date Added:
02/29/2012
3-2-1 POP!
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In this physics activity, learners build their own rockets out of film canisters and construction paper. Learners discover how a chemical reaction (from a mix of water and Alka-Seltzer) creates gas pressure to propel the craft. The activity explores the three states of matter and Newtonäóťs Laws of Motion.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
COSI
Date Added:
11/09/2009
3...2...1 Puff!
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Read the Fine Print
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In this activity, learners build small indoor paper rockets, determine their flight stability, and launch them by blowing air through a drinking straw. This lesson plan includes procedures for the two part activity, background information, diagrams for making Ares 1 paper rockets, discussion questions, extensions, and black-line masters for learners.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Deborah A. Shearer
Gregory L. Vogt, Ed.D.
NASA
Date Added:
06/26/2012
3D Shape Match
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This interactive Flash applet provides a Concentration-type game (called pelmanism in the UK) in which students must discern the properties of three-dimensional solids and their colors in order to match them in pairs. Spheres, cones, prisms and other standard 3-D shapes are hidden face down on cards. Time and number of trials needed to solve are recorded.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Geometry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Dan Bunker
Date Added:
11/05/2011
77 Degrees South
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This resource introduces students to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the largest area on the continent that is not covered by ice. Materials include a map and some brief facts about Antarctica and the valleys, such as size, location and physical properties (temperature, precipitation and others), and an online journal in which participants in the Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project discuss what it is like to live and work there. The journal entries include descriptions of some of the organisms that inhabit the extreme environments of the valleys, physical features of the valleys, and the strange mummified bodies of animals such as penguins and seals that have been preserved in the cold, dry climate. There is also a glossary of acronyms used in the project and a set of links to other websites with additional information about the Dry Valleys.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
ABC Science Podcasts
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The "ABC" in question here happens to be the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and they have come up with a smashing collection of science podcasts. Visitors can sign up to receive new podcasts via RSS feed, but they should definitely test the waters here by listening to any one of Dr Karl's "Great Moments of Science" or an edition of "Talking Science", which features interviews with various luminaries in the worlds of science. Further on down the homepage, visitors will encounter programs that deal with the mind ("All in the Mind"), the world of occupational health ("Life Matters") and the philosophical musings of thoughtful people ("Ockham's Razor"). Overall, there is some very delectable material here, and one can imagine that such podcasts could be passed along to science classrooms everywhere.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Space Science
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
11/07/2014
The ABC's of Distances
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This tutorial explains some of the techniques developed by astronomers to determine the distances of objects we see in the sky. Links to additional information are embedded in the text.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Ned Wright
Date Added:
11/05/2014
ACE Browse Data
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This site presents graphic plots of solar wind and magnetic field data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
California Institute of Technology, Space Radiation Laboratory, ACE Science Center
Date Added:
11/05/2014
ACS Green Chemistry Institute
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This special feature page from the American Chemical Society (ACS) showcases the up-and-coming field of "green chemistry," that is, the development of chemical products and processes that eliminate or reduce the use and generation of hazardous substances. A list of principles behind green chemistry, a searchable bibliography of green chemistry references, and green chemistry links (including conferences). This page comes from ACS's Green Chemistry Project, a three-year educational project to develop and disseminate green chemistry educational materials for graduate and undergraduate chemistry students.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
12/13/2005
ADHD
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An overview of ADHD-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Caren Gough TITLE
Danielle Sixsmith NOTE;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE
David Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
John Connolly (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Laura Maitland (Mepham High School TITLE)
Mary Colvard TITLE
Date Added:
12/26/2009
AEIC: Arizona Earthquake Information Center
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The Arizona Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) conducts research and distributes information about Arizona earthquakes in order to increase the knowledge about the causes and hazards of earthquakes. The website provides recent seismographs for many places including the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff along with a map of the fault system. Researchers can find a catalog of Arizona Earthquakes for the period of 1830 to 1998. Users can view an index map of recent earthquakes in the Intermountain West region of Utah as well.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
03/19/2004
AH-CHOO!: A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate warms, the hay fever season seems to be getting longer and more severe. In this case study, students assume the a role of a public relations specialist contracted to communicate the link between climate change and pollen allergies. The activity focuses on the importance of scientific skills to careers outside science, and is most suitable for a lower-level introductory biology, human health, or environmental science course.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Juanita Constible
Luke Sandro
Richard E. Lee, Jr.
Date Added:
01/01/2009
AK-03 ALASKA: AK-03 Columbia Glacier "Cliff" (Narrated)
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A video from the Extreme Ice Survey in which Dr. Tad Pfeffer and photographer Jim Balog discuss the dynamics of the Columbia glacier's retreat in recent years through this time-lapse movie. Key point: glacier size is being reduced not just by glacial melting but due to a shift in glacial dynamics brought on by climate change.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Extreme Ice Survey
James Balog
Tad Pfeffer
Date Added:
10/27/2014
APOD: Himalayan Horizon from Space
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This Astronomy Picture of the Day depicts the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal. The image was taken from the International Space Station. Links provide background information about Skylab, the Himalayas, and plate tectonics.

Subject:
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
05/27/2008
APSnet-K-12 Teacher's Guide to Lessons and Laboratories: Water Molds
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This website presents a great Water Molds activity-based lesson plan which is part of the American Phytopathological Society's K-12 Plant Path-Ways to Science website previously reported on in the September 6, 2002 issue of the NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences. This Water Molds lesson was developed by educators Gail L. Schumann and Claudia A. Jasalavich as "an introduction to an important group of soil and water organisms (the Oomycetes) and an opportunity to conduct some simple biodiversity exercises. This exercise can be used for all K-12 age groups and learning levels, but may be most useful for grades 7-12 in classrooms where dissecting and compound microscopes are available." The site is well laid-out with clear instructions, great photos, and sections on Purpose and Background Information, Materials and Methods, Diagrams For Class Use, and more.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
APSnet
Claudia A. Jasalavich
Gail L. Schumann
Jasalavich, Claudia A.
Schumann, Gail L.
Date Added:
07/19/2007
AQUASTAT
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AQUASTAT - a global information system of water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO - provides comprehensive information about agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition. The site includes a database of country data, country profiles, maps and GIS, water resources, online publications, and links to related sites and resources.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/17/2007
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
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ARKive is a collection of photographs, videos, and fact-files illustrating thousands of species of animals, with emphasis on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of endangered species, and on species found in Britain. For each animal there are approximately 10 minutes of video footage, 6-10 still photos, and sound recordings (where appropriate), creating a complete profile of the species' characteristic behavior and appearance. The images are accompanied by a page of facts, including taxonomy, a physical description, conservation status, geographic range, habitat, and other information. There are also links to other animals with related taxonomic families, habitats, or conservation status.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
ASU Mars Education Program
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This website is home to the Arizona State University (ASU) Mars Education Program. This program includes information about the MSIP (Mars Student Imaging Project), student visits to the Mars Space Flight Facility, educator workshops held at ASU and other national sites, and Mars hands-on activity guides. Red Planet Connection is a quarterly publication, which stimulates children's interest in science through the topic of Mars and Mars missions. The educator guides provide Mars-related information and activities for classroom use, including teacher resources, lessons, and information about Mars Surveyor, Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Global Surveyor. The website also covers ASU's involvement with the Mars program, including the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES).

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Ken Edgett
Date Added:
10/31/2014
ATTRA - The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
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This organization promotes sustainable agriculture. Their website provides publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, and organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/02/2008
The Ability of Permeability
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In this activity (page 11 of the PDF), learners investigate how quickly water moves through various materials. They measure and compare the permeability of gravel, sand, and soil. Although this was created as a post-visit activity for a workshop about earth processes, it also makes an excellent stand alone activity.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
COSI
Date Added:
11/09/2009
Abiotic and Biotic Factors
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This two-day lesson helps students understand abiotic and biotic factors. Once the concept has been grasped, they can trace the interactions of these factors within a system.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Key Concepts in Biology
Author:
Richmond, Mary Janice
Date Added:
10/06/1999
Aboard Alvin
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This Gulf of Maine educational website takes students aboard the submersible Alvin. It includes informational pages such as a project overview, as well as pages about Alvin, hydrothermal vents, and the researchers involved in the project. Classroom activities explore nautical and mythical names such as the Titanic, instruct students how to make a model of the ocean floor in a shoebox, and introduce topics such as deep sea vents and plate tectonics. A photo gallery highlights research aboard the Alvin and links are provided to recent dispatches describing research experiences on the Alvin.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/25/2009
About COSEE
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The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ocean plays in global environmental cycles and processes. COSEE activities highlight the contributions ocean-science researchers make to scientific knowledge in these important areas. Each COSEE represents one or more ocean science research institution, an informal science education organization, and at least one affiliate organization representing the formal education community.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
Date Added:
10/31/2014
About Dust
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This webpage from Wayne's Word provides basic information about dust storms, including how they are formed and the problems they cause. Recent dust storms in New South Wales, Australia, are described. Several photos of dust storms are included.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
06/25/2010