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This list of questions and answers about water covers a variety of categories, including water use in the United States, water use in the home, data and measurements, chemistry, and others. Links to additional information is embedded in the text of some questions. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This portal provides access to a large selection of real-time and archived data on stream flow and water quality for surface and groundwater. Links are provided to the National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb), which accesses data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Data categories include current conditions information ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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Students can participate in an online survey to provide their opinions on water quality and supply, how water concerns rank with other environmental issues; and to vote for their favorite body of water. All answers go into a database and the results are displayed in a table so they can see how other participants answered. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This report provides an overview of the supply and uses of groundwater in the United States. Topics include general facts and concepts; the groundwater budget and its response to pumping; effects of groundwater development on surface water bodies and on storage; water quality factors; and sustainability of supplies. The report is available in a downloadable, printable version and can be ordered as ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Report
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This report discusses the spatial distribution of the largest, most damaging floods in the United States and some of the factors that affect this distribution. Topics include regional climatology, topography, and basin size. A discussion of climatological factors includes the general northward trend of decreasing atmospheric moisture; proximity to oceanic moisture sources such as the Pacific Ocean ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Climatology, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This resource introduces students to the idea of saline water. Topics include how saline water is defined and how dissolved salt concentrations are expressed (parts per million). Parameters for the various ranges of salinity (fresh to highly saline, or seawater) are also presented, and there is a brief discussion of water quality considerations regarding saline water. Links to additional information ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Chemistry, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This searchable database of reports and thematic maps currently contains more than 69,000 United States Geological Survey (USGS) bibliographic citations, including USGS numbered series begun as early as 1880. The basic search options include author and/or title. Advanced search options include author, text in title, year or range of years, publication series and number, and a variety of options for ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Index / Bibliography, Search engine
Subject: Geochemistry, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Paleontology, Hydrology
 
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This portal provides links to an extensive selection of photo and image galleries available on United States Geological Survey (USGS) websites. It features a short list of highlighted sites, such as the Earth Science Photographic Archive and the 'Earth as Art' gallery. Other image sites are grouped by subject: biology, ecosystems, geology, geography, hydrology, and national parks. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This portal links selected United States Geological Survey (USGS) online resources to an established list of content standards for the state of California. Standards data is extracted from state documents 'California Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve' with consideration of 'Science Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Biology, Climatology, Physical geography, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This portal provides links to a set of online map indexes of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other organizations which can be used to locate, view, or create maps. For teachers, there is the Education Map Catalog, which provides access to several hundred of the most useful USGS maps for teaching and learning, organized by 12 themes. The maps are available in a wide variety of scales ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Government portal
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology, Natural hazards, Space science
 
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