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The first section of this site, Illustrations from the Hall of Planet Earth, has two informative overviews about ice ages and Earth's orbit. In another section, Gowganda Conglomerate from the Huronian Supergroup in the Hall of Planet Earth, there are two images of this rock formed from the debris of ancient glaciers, and a video (with a printable PDF transcript) explaining how conglomerates are formed. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Geology
 
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This article, from Earth: Inside and Out, takes a look at dendroclimatologists, scientists who study climate changes by examining the growth patterns of old trees. It introduces students to the work of Gordon Jacoby, a dendroclimatologist and co-founder of the Tree Ring Laboratory at Columbia University. The site explains the growth rate of trees and provides a picture of Earth's temperature changes. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Case study
Subject: Climatology
 
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This activity introduces students to the properties of electromagnetic radiation in a variety of ways. For example, they put the different types of the electromagnetic radiation on trial, selecting the judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, and jury, and learning about electromagnetic energy by arguing the pros and cons of each wavelength. During this activity, students are introduced to the general ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Environmental science, History and philosophy of science, Physics
 
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In this activity, students will investigate the occurrence of gas hydrates on the ocean floor. They will discover the importance of carbon, where carbon is stored on Earth, and that the largest reservoir of carbon is gas hydrates. Students will discover that Earth's climate changes, and how the greenhouse effect works. They will also learn about the potential of hydrates as a major new energy resource ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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In this lesson, students will investigate the types of tools and technology that are used in ocean exploration. As they proceed, they will understand the complexity of ocean exploration, learn about the technological applications and capabilities required for ocean exploration, and discover the importance of teamwork in scientific research projects. As part of the activity, they will plan and perform ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Physical oceanography, Technology
 
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This activity has students assume roles and act out a situation that illustrates the process of decision making related to cleaning up a Superfund site. Students identify the participants in the Superfund decision making process, make judgments about the potential effect of hazardous waste site cleanup on the characters they portray, and learn that different people have different perspectives on the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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While on an internship in Washington State, a young naturalist from New York collected over 36 pounds of rocks. This site explains what he learned about their oxidation potential compared to similar rocks in New York. The narrative essay discusses how the research study was started while on an internship at the Marine Science Center in Washington State. It describes the regional metamorphism that ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Report
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students will have the opportunity to witness the fragile nature of organisms with regard to temperature. These organisms include common bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Students will understand the role of temperature in determining what kinds of organisms are found in unforgiving environments. As part of the activity, they will practice aseptic technique ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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The Champlain Lowlands tour is part of the New York Landscape Regions Collection of Google Earth tours, created by a group of New York State science educators. This tour includes views of the gorge of the Ausable River, cut through Late Cambrian Potsdam Sandstone, and the geology of the Champlain Thrust Fault, a low angle thrust fault formed as the proto-Atlantic Ocean closed during the Taconic Oregeny. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Field trip - virtual
Subject: Geology, Paleontology, Structural geology
 
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This Park Geology site provides links to tours of individual National Parks, Monuments, and Recreation Areas with caves and other karst features. Where appropriate, park sites contain park geology information, maps, photographs, geologic research, related links, visitor information, multimedia resources, and teacher features (resources for teaching geology with National Park examples). The list includes ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology
 
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