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In this exercise, students observe simulations of melting sea ice and a melting continental ice sheet in order to investigate the relationship between the melting of the ice and the water level in the tank. The water tanks simulate the world oceans. In the first example, the ice is floating in water. This would be an example of icebergs or Arctic ice floating on the ocean. In the second example the ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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In this activity, students construct a food web of Antarctic organisms. Working from a trophic table that provides information about each organisms's role in the food web, they will attempt to place them in their correct positions on a blank food web chart. Links to a glossary are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Ecology, Biological oceanography
 
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These interactive learning modules and simulations allow students to explore the science, technology and people involved in building the New Bay Bridge, which is intended as a replacement for the historic San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. In the interactive module "Quake Country," students investigate plate tectonics as the driving force behind the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This activity has students research a list of volcanoes and then write detailed information they researched under a column that identifies that type of volcano - Cinder Cone, Composite, or Shield. Included are a worksheet and a collection of links to referential websites about specific volcanoes. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Physical geography, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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In this activity, students investigate and compare seasonal precipitation patterns in the San Francisco Bay area with locations at similar latitudes and geographic situations in the southern hemisphere. They will also characterize the pattern of annual average precipitation versus latitude for the earth as a whole. They must understand the concept of latitude, know the names of latitude zones used ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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In this activity, students characterize some global patterns of deep, cold-topped clouds visible on global infrared satellite images. They will apply these characterizations to answer questions about local and global patterns of precipitation. The questions concern what clouds are and how they form, atmospheric cooling, rising air, precipitation, and the use of remote satellite imagery to see precipitation-producing ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Atmospheric science
 
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In this exercise, students will study the three types of faults, investigate the association between faults and earthquakes, and examine the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics. There is a set of animations that illustrate the types of seismic waves, an exercise in which students determine the location of an earthquake epicenter using arrival times of P and S waves, and an exercise ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This educational module has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to interactively investigate the nature of earthquakes. The module has been divided into three major sections, "What is an Earthquake?", "The Distribution of Earthquakes", and "Measuring Earthquakes". Each section presents background material and interactive learning activities allowing students to understand such characteristics ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Tutorial, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This educational module enables students (5-12) to experience ongoing research of University of California paleontologists studying about life in Montana 60-70 million years ago. It gives students the opportunity to experience the scientific process using real research questions and data. The teacher guide provides background information, standards, a lesson plan, discussion question, handouts, assessment ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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This informational tour offers students a basic understanding of geologic time, the evidence for events in the history of the Earth, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the Geologic Time Scale. Students move at a self-selected pace by answering questions correctly as they go. The teacher's guide contains all the details needed to use this computer activity, including handouts, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Geologic time, Geology
 
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