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Geosciences Gateways and Resources

The Geosciences Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources in many areas of the geosciences, including atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, soil science, and other Earth science subjects. Here may be found educational materials for geoscience educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research communities in the geosciences.

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Arizona Meteorites
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This page provides information on meteorites found in the State of Arizona. An interactive map shows the locations on meteorite finds in the state; clicking on a location provides additional information, including the meteorite's name (they are usually named after the location where they are found), composition, weight, date of discovery, and a photo (where available). There is also an alphabetical listing of meteorites by name and a set of links to other websites with information on meteorites.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
David A. Kring
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Climate Change Education .org
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Climate Change Education .org is a volunteer organization made up primarily of docents and interns at California science centers and museums, along with students, scientists, and staff at the University of California, Berkeley. The organization specializes in hands-on science demonstrations relevant to climate change and other topics, and the encouragement of partnerships in education. The group's two portal web sites, Climate Change Education .org and Global Warming California .net, direct visitors to hundreds of links to great resources on subjects of interest.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Current Velocities of the Gulf Stream
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This site presents near-realtime monitoring of the current system of the Gulf Stream with ERS-2 fast delivery altimeter data from four satellites--Envisat, Jason-1, TOPEX/Poseidon, and GFO--and DUT operational orbits. Four constantly updated maps are presented,showing current velocities of the Gulf Stream in the vicinity of the East Coast of North America one week before date of viewing, two weeks before, three weeks before, and four weeks before. Animations of the Gulf Stream velocities are also available from the site, as well as an archive of previous maps.

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Geoscience
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
DEOS (Department of Earth Observation and Space Systems), Delft University of Technology
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Designing and Creating Earth Science Lessons with Google Earth‰ă˘
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This teacher's guide provides instructions on creating Earth science lessons using Google Earth‰ă˘ software. The guide, which focuses on using the free version of the software, covers how to plan a lesson (what the software can do, what can be included in a lesson) and how to create a lesson (creating folders, placemarks, map layers; sharing lessons). There are also links to useful tools for image processing, text editing, and image hosting, and an appendix with instructions for downloading, installing, and using the software. A sample "tour" is provided, and a downloadable, printable version of the guide is included.

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Technology
Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Drew Patrick (Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York)
Eric Fermann (Eastchester High School, Eastchester, New York)
Steve Kluge (Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York, and SUNY Purchase)
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11/02/2014
EarthCaching: An Educator's Guide
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This downloadable, printable guide provides educators with an introduction to Earthcaching, a hands-on field experience in which students use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate and study sites with geological or Earth science interest. Topics include an explanation of GPS technology, uses of coordinate systems, the use of EarthCaching in education, and the use of the EarthCache web site to register, locate and visit sites, or create and submit a new site. The Guide also includes a discussion of equipment needs, including ideas for acquiring GPS receivers, and lesson ideas tailored to varying degrees of student access to the internet and GPS receivers.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education
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The Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education (ERESE) Project provides educational resources for Earth science that combine classroom teaching and scientific research. These resources, from the EarthRef.org and SIOExplorer databases, include recent Earth science data and images; links to archived and ongoing field expeditions with daily image galleries, reports and video clips; inquiry-based lessons designed and implemented by teachers; and meteorological, geophysical and oceanographic data from hundreds of research cruises. The collection can be searched by predefined questions or by resource matrices, objects and materials for a certain concept or subject. Search results include a thumbnail of the object, resource type, grade level, file information, and a brief description.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date Added:
11/02/2014
GLOBE Program: Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
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Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a hands-on international environmental science and education program that links students, teachers, and the research community in order to learn about the environment. Research projects cover such topics as seasons and biomes, the carbon cycle, watershed dynamics, and extreme environments. Students in GLOBE groups in over a hundred countries make measurements of atmospheric conditions, hydrology, soils, or land cover/phenology, report the data on the internet, and publish their research in collaboration with scientists and other GLOBE students. For teachers, the site provides information on professional development opportunities, a teachers' guide, videos, and other materials, and contact and support from the GLOBE help desk, other teachers, and scientists.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Geoscience Images
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Links to visuals (photographs, diagrams, animations, maps, etc.) relevant to a variety of Earth science topics including astronomy, geologic time, groundwater, rocks and minerals, and many others; includes material on geology of New York State.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Steve Kluge
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Glacier Hazards from Space
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This "Science Now" feature from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television program "Nova" shows students how remote sensing by satellites can be used to monitor and evaluate hazards presented by glaciers as the climate becomes warmer, causing the glaciers to melt. The feature, which can be presented as a slide show, consists of 11 satellite images with brief written descriptions that explain such hazards as ice collapses and avalanches, flooding by meltwater, and bursting glacier lakes.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Glaciers, Climate and Society: Online Resources and Bibliography
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Glaciers, Climate, and Society is designed to be a central location where students, teachers, parents, and researchers can begin their search for information and resources regarding glacier hazards, climate, water, and the human dimensions of these issues. Featuring many photos and embedded videos, the site provides K-12 education resources, issue summaries, information on Professor Mark Carey's research in the Andes, a resources and links page, and much more.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Mark Carey
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Goddard Space Flight Center Education Programs
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The Goddard Space Flight Center Education Programs provide teachers and students with a wide variety of curriculum enhancement materials geared for Earth science classroom use. These collections support the Earth system science curriculum developed by NASA scientists from the Earth Science Enterprise, a team of teachers from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and the Education Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Site materials include a listing of featured programs, information on educational programs for the public, public schools-based programs, and programs for higher education. The Educator Resource Center (ERC) provides access to educational publications, teaching materials, educator workshops, video duplication and many other resources. There are also links to other NASA research and space flight centers, the Goddard media center, and state-specific listservs for educators.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Date Added:
11/02/2014
GreenFacts
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GreenFacts is a not-for-profit organization that provides plain-language summaries, peer-reviewed by independent experts, of scientific reports on health and environmental topics. The summaries are intended for the use of nonexperts, are presented as questions and answers, and are available at three levels of detail, with the third level using direct quotations from the original text. GreenFacts Digests are summaries of authoritative scientific consensus reports on such topics as agriculture and development, water resources, carbon dioxide capture and storage, and biodiversity; they are available in several languages in addition to English, mainly French and Spanish, sometimes German and Dutch. GreenFacts Co-publications are summaries produced by GreenFacts at the request of an independent scientific organization or public body (e.g., the European Commission) on such topics as electromagnetic fields, dental amalgam, and sunbeds and ultraviolet radiation; most are available in several languages in addition to English, mainly French, German, and Spanish.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
In Depth Winter Weather
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Winter Weather is an In-Depth Special Report form the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It contains articles, images, activities, video clips, and interactive graphs to inform learners about meteorology and weather in the colder seasons.

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Engineering
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/03/2012
National Archive of Marine Seismic Surveys
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The National Archive of Marine Seismic Surveys (NAMSS) is a collection of marine seismic reflection profile data acquired originally for purposes of oil and gas exploration and development. Although the commercial value of these data has diminished due to technological advances and restrictions on offshore development, the value to current and future scientific endeavors continues to be very high. The collection can be searched by region using a downloadable Google Earth coverage (kmz file) or a series of interactive maps, and downloaded as printable files (PDFs) or as a selection of other files and geospatial coverages. It can also be browsed as a series of tables by region, contributor, year, or availability.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
12/16/2004
Ocean FEST
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Ocean FEST family science nights feature hands-on, standards-based, ocean-themed science activities for students in grades 3-6 and their families. Our goals are to: (1) educate participants about ocean and earth science issues that are relevant to their communities; and (2) inspire students - especially those from underrepresented groups - to pursue careers in the ocean and earth sciences. The teacher guide provides all information (including supply lists) necessary to perform these activities in a classroom. Some supply funding is available--see Teacher Resources section for more information.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Barbara Bruno
Carlie Wiener
Michelle Hsia
Date Added:
10/03/2013
Oklahoma Climatological Survey: Outreach and Educational Materials
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The Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS) provides outreach programs and educational materials to public safety agencies, agricultural interests, educators, and the general public. These include OK-FIRST, which provides weather data and training to public safety agencies; EarthStorm, a program for educators that integrates learning modules with real-time weather data; and Agweather, a website that provides information to help agricultural producers with weather-related decisions. The site also features a glossary of weather terminology, a set of lesson plans, and reference materials intended for use as refresher information by teachers. Other resources include information on tornado safety, case studies on the use of OCS training materials, and a set of maps and graphs with climatological data and information on severe weather phenomena.

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Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Ozone Watch
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This is the Ozone Hole Watch web site, where you can check on the latest status of the ozone layer over the South Pole. Satellite instruments monitor the ozone layer, and their data is used to create the images that depict the amount of ozone. The web site also contains links for classroom activities and instructional materials.

Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Ozone and snow: Measuring trace gas exchange between air and snow
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This web site describes a research project at Summit, Greenland. A team of scientists are measuring the amounts of ozone absorbed and interchanged from the atmosphere into the snowpack. This will lead to better global climate models. Topics include a description of the project and what is known about ozone fluxes between air and snow. A page updated every week or so reports field and lab work on the project. There is also a glossary and profiles of the researchers involved in the project.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Atmospheric Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen Univ. and Research Centre
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
Potsdam University, Germany
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Penguin Science: Understanding Penguin Response to Climate and Ecosystem Change
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This site presents research findings and educational materials associated with a project to study Adelie and Emperor penguins, which inhabit the shoreline and sea ice of Antarctica. Materials include an overview of these species of penguins, their living habits, and their response to climate change as the sea ice disappears. The research page provides information on current and past research projects, project management, downloadable versions of papers, and personnel information. The education page features a glossary, a collection of classroom activities, and an ask-a-scientist feature. Other materials include a penguin webcam with current and archived images, and a gallery of still images and video.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Sea Ice Yearly Minimum 1979-2007
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At the end of each summer, sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean reaches its minimum extent and what is left is what is called the perennial ice cover (mainly thick multi-year ice floes). The area of perennial ice has been steadily decreasing since the satellite record began in 1979, at a rate of about 10 percent per decade. This visualization shows the annual minimum extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean from 1979 to 2007. A graph is overlaid that shows the area in millions of square kilometers for each year's minimum day. The previous record minimum (2005) and the new 2007 record minimum, far below the previous record and 38 percent lower than the climatological average, are highlighted. The visualization may be streamed from the website or downloaded in several formats.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014