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This site is the home page of the laboratory. Users may click to find descriptions of the Coastal Research Program which focuses on two key areas of coastal geology: the process-response systems of beaches, inlets, and tidal sand bodies; and the Holocene history and development of coastal barrier systems. Research projects are primarily concentrated on the west coast of Florida, with some projects ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Report, Clearinghouse
Subject: Physical geography
 
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The Island Information web site provides numerous facts and figures about the earth's islands. Island data is organized into the following categories: island superlatives, principal world islands and groups, 100 largest islands of the world, largest islands by continent, largest islands of selected countries, 35 largest islands of the United States, largest islands of selected U.S. states, 38 largest ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This resource describes what a topographic map is, how to read them, and what the symbols shown on maps and their legends mean. Contour lines, intervals, depth curves, and color meanings are discussed. There is also a legend showing examples of each symbol by category: elevation, boundaries, land surface features (mines, vegetation), water features (reefs, channels), buildings and related features ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Physical geography
 
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Using surveys and topographic maps, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has determined distances between points and elevations of features, and put them into a data format at this website. Elevations of the 50 largest cities, highest and lowest points in each state, summits over 14,000 feet, summits east of the Rocky Mountains, geographic centers of each state, length of US boundaries, and ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: In-situ dataset
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This thesaurus provides a searchable database of approximately 1 million place names for the world. The database gives latitude and longitude (if available), general location (country, etc.), place-name references, and any available information about the origin of the name. This is a useful tool for finding specific coordinates. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This website is the official time clock for the United States. Users choose from a variety of time zones (Marshall, Micronesia, Palau, Guam, Samoan, Hawaiian, Alaskan, Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic or UTC) and view the current time in that zone along with a map showing day and night across the world. A world time zone map is included for reference. Links are provided to other time-related ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Physical geography
 
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SunAngle is an on-line tool that calculates solar angles and related information for a given location, date, and time. It computes the declination of the Sun, sunrise and sunset times, azimuth of the Sun, solar time and more. Complete instructions and definitions of variables are included. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This site contains 20 questions on the topic of deserts and wind, which covers dunes, desert location and formation, and particle transportation. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit their answers and are provided immediate feedback. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This site contains 29 questions on the topic of Earth's changing surface, which covers weathering and erosion. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit an answer and are provided immediate verification. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Physical geography
 
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TerraFly is an interactive tool that allows for visualization and manipulation of spatial data. Accessed via a standard Web browser or customized CD-ROM versions, and independent of a users' level of expertise, this system allows the integration of remotely sensed data with digital data while a user is seamlessly flying over and viewing the resulting imagery. Data currently available includes land, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Photograph
Subject: Physical geography
 
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