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This site offers the online version of a book published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It is intended to provide a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics, highlighting some of the people and discoveries that advanced the development of the theory. It is the companion volume to the map, 'This Dynamic Planet', which shows the locations of major volcanic belts, fault systems, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Physical geography, Geologic time, Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This textbook was published to: 1) raise awareness of changes in human health related to global ecosystem change; and 2) expand the scope of the traditional curriculum in environmental health to include the interactions of major environmental forces and public health on a global scale. The book covers such topics as global climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, water resources management and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology, Biological oceanography
 
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This brochure gives a brief description of the science research that is being done with data from the Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument flying onboard NASA's Terra satellite. It also contains information about some of the data products and technical specifications. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Agricultural science, Atmospheric science, Biology, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental science, Human geography, Physical geography, Biological oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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This 24-page coloring and activity book includes general information on x-ray astronomy, NASA's Chandra mission and the STS-93 mission. It is intended for parents to use with their children. The Chandra mission investigates black holes, supernovae, and galaxy clusters. Activities include a maze, word search, connect-the-dots and word jumble. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Space science
 
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This is a companion book to the Traditions of the Sun Web site. Students can use the book to learn about the Sun's dynamic nature, explore images from NASA's cutting-edge solar missions and understand more fully the human connection we all have to our Sun. The book also allows students to see how the Sun-Earth connection is made at Chaco Canyon, including the sunrise over Chaco Canyon's great kiva, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Space science
 
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In this introductory textbook chapter, students become familiar with how scientists view planet Earth. This is the first chapter in the unit, A New World View, which introduces global systems science, emphasizing the concepts of environmental diversity, Earth as a system, and sustainability. The resource includes a textbook chapter, integrated hands-on and inquiry activities, links to current news ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Atmospheric science, Ecology, Physical geography, Geology, Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This textbook chapter summarizes the changes in the ecosystems found in the world's forests. This is chapter 2 in the unit, A New World View, which introduces global systems science, emphasizing the concepts of environmental diversity, Earth as a system, and sustainability. The resource includes a textbook chapter, integrated hands-on and inquiry activities, links to current news articles, and a suite ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Biology, Ecology
 
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In this case study, students read about the Canopy Crane at Wind River, a project that enables the study of Earth system interactions that take place high in the tree canopy. The chapter profiles scientists, studying birds, fungi, chemical transfer and the water cycle, as well as technical experts and the project manager. The chapter details how a research program is supported by a team of professionals ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Geochemistry
 
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Readings in this chapter guide student reflection on sustainability of the planet, and whether the Earth system is near a tipping point, where ecosystems will reorganize and seek a new equilibrium, with consequences for biodiversity. The resource includes a scientist profile, a video clip about Earth's tipping point (2012), and a personal reflection assignment. This is the sixth chapter in the unit, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Ecology
 
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In this introductory textbook chapter, students learn that life on Earth would not be possible without the atmosphere and its greenhouse effect. The history of research on the role of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is presented, and the concept of contemporary climate change and global warming are introduced. This is the first chapter in the unit, Climate Change, which addresses the question of ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Book - text
Subject: Climatology, History and philosophy of science
 
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