NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection

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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 ...

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.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR Staff
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Plate T-11: Appalachian Mountains
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Appalachian Mountain landforms clearly demonstrate the relation of plate tectonics and structure ...

Appalachian Mountain landforms clearly demonstrate the relation of plate tectonics and structure to geomorphology. The folded rocks record the convergence of two continental plates in Pennsylvanian/Permian time. This page uses text, maps, and remotely sensed imagery to explain the relationship between plate tectonics, geologic structures, and the resulting landforms. It is part of an out-of-print NASA publication entitled 'Geomorphology from Space'. Links to the rest of the book are provided.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Author:
Steve Kempler
Galileo k-12 Educator's Resources
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The Galileo educator site offers educators and students interesting facts about NASA's ...

The Galileo educator site offers educators and students interesting facts about NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and Europa, and many classroom activities. There are activities to interpret new images of new worlds, planets and satellites, navigating the solar system, planetary surfaces, a closer look of Europa, design a spacecraft to test for life on Europa, building a scale model of the Galileo spacecraft out of paper. Links are provided to images taken during the Galileo flight to Jupiter including images of Earth, the Moon, Venus, asteroids, and the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact with Jupiter. Additional resources include summaries of symposiums about water and life in the solar system for educators, downloadable posters and images for bulletin boards, a description of the flight of Galileo from Earth to Jupiter, a brief history about the scientist Galileo Galilei, and biographies about the engineers and scientists working on the Galileo mission.

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Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR Staff
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Plate T-12: Folded Appalachians
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The mental picture of the Appalachian Mountains most of us have is ...

The mental picture of the Appalachian Mountains most of us have is that of long linear ridges and valleys that form a belt some 25 to 100 km wide through Pennsylvania/Virginia/West Virginia and the Carolinas. With relief of 300 to 1000 m or more, these ridges stand out as distinct mountains. This page describes the general geomorphology and geology of the Appalachian Mountains with the use of text and remotely sensed imagery. It is part of 'Geomorphology from Space', an out-of-print NASA publication on the use of remote sensing to study landforms. A link to the rest of the publication is provided.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Textbook
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Author:
Steve Kempler
Galileo 1/45 Scale Model
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This scale model of the Galileo spacecraft is constructed of paper card ...

This scale model of the Galileo spacecraft is constructed of paper card stock and a sheet of printer transparency. By assembling the model, students will learn the components and features of the real spacecraft. The real Galileo was one of the most complex robotic spacecraft ever flown. It completed its mission and was flown into Jupiter's atmosphere in September 2003.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR Staff
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Apollo 17 View of the Earth
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This lithograph provides a full-disk view of Earth photographed by Apollo 17 ...

This lithograph provides a full-disk view of Earth photographed by Apollo 17 astronauts, Dec. 7, 1972. The accompanying text describes the view seen in the photograph and the circumstances in which it was taken. Suggestions for activities in which the photograph can be used are also provided.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Mount St. Helens, May 18, 1980
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This GIF image is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano ...

This GIF image is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory website, which includes pictures (archived and real-time), written reports, seismic data, and other materials on volcanology, including a glossary and links to other relevant sites. These images show Mount St. Helens while it was erupting on May 18th, 1980.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Lynn Topkina
People and Discoveries: Harry Hess 1906-1969
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This biography of Admiral Harry Hess details his career in the United ...

This biography of Admiral Harry Hess details his career in the United States Navy, during which he collected data on the seafloor, and as a geologist, in which he incorporated his observations on seafloor features into a hypothesis that the seafloor was spreading.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Why Do Ice Ages Occur? - Part 2
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This document provides an explanation of the factors that are thought to ...

This document provides an explanation of the factors that are thought to drive the growth and retreat of continental glaciers which spread across the Earth during four periods of geologic history. These factors are thought ot be related to variations in Earth's orbit.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective - 20th Century Drought
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This site provides background information on the effects of the Dust Bowl ...

This site provides background information on the effects of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, the 1950s drought, and the 1987-1989 drought in the Great Plains of the American Midwest. It features discussions of the extent of each drought and the economic damage incurred, using text, photographs and graphic illustrations. A link to a discussion of the Palmer Drought Severity Index is included.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
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NOAA
Second Guessing Mother Nature: Forecasting the Surprise Snow of January 2000
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Kids up and down the East Coast woke up to a pleasant ...

Kids up and down the East Coast woke up to a pleasant surprise on January 25, 2000 - several inches of fresh snow. Even though the storm went on to dump up to 18 inches of snow on several major cities, forecasts as late as 6:00 Eastern Standard Time the previous evening only called for flurries. This site uses text and photographs to discuss the history of the storm and the processes of forecasting and computer modeling. Links to other weather-related sites are provided.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Yoram Kaufman
CoVis-Weather World 2010 Coriolis Force Page
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With graphics and a brief video clip, the Coriolis effect is concisely ...

With graphics and a brief video clip, the Coriolis effect is concisely and effectively explained. This site is part of the WW2010 Project and features current weather data and detailed explanatory/instructional material as well as curricular materials, archived products and case studies.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Interactive
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Simulation
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Bob Wilhelmson
Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Project: El Nino and La Nina 3-D Visualizations
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Users can view a selection of animations of ocean surface temperature and ...

Users can view a selection of animations of ocean surface temperature and dynamic height derived from data from the TAO/TRITON buoy array moored in the Pacific Ocean. The animations show temperature and surface topography variations consistent with the development of El Nino and La Nina events.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Plate T-48: Himalayan Front and Tibetan Plateau
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The most profound deformational event involving the interaction of lithospheric plates is ...

The most profound deformational event involving the interaction of lithospheric plates is a collision between continents; for example, the collision of the Indian continent with the Eurasian continent, which began in the Eocene. This continuing collision has produced intracontinental thrust sheets responsible for the highest mountains in the world. Mount Everest, the Annapurna Range, and the rest of the Himalayas are still rising, and the region remains seismically active. This page, part of an out-of-print NASA publication entitled 'Geomorphology from Space', uses text, maps, and remotely sensed imagery to explain the relationship between plate tectonics, geologic structures, and the resulting landforms. Links to the rest of the book are provided.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
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Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Steve Kempler
SOHO-6 Comet
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This movie was assembled from images captured by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory ...

This movie was assembled from images captured by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). It depicts a doomed comet curving in towards the sun and not reappearing, apparently having evaporated in the sun's atmosphere.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Calvin Hamilton
Boeing 757 Glider Kit
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In this activity, students construct models of the NASA Boeing 757 using ...

In this activity, students construct models of the NASA Boeing 757 using the materials and instructions provided. Working in groups, the students fly their gliders in two challenge events involving launches and landings, experiment with altering the configurations of the gliders, and perform statistical analyses of flight data.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The ABC's of Distances
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This tutorial explains some of the techniques developed by astronomers to determine ...

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.

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Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Ned Wright
ACE Browse Data
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This site presents graphic plots of solar wind and magnetic field data ...

This site presents graphic plots of solar wind and magnetic field data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.

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Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
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