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This document discusses the use of LIDAR (Laser Infrared Detection and Ranging) to detect and map water vapor in the atmosphere. Topics include research objectives, the use of airborne and space platforms, the configuration and capabilities of the instrument, and future programs. Links to LASE image files and experiment results are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Technology
 
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This is the outline for a course that uses natural resources management as a basis for learning Earth Science principles and skills. Students will develop and apply their scientific literacy by studying the interrelationship of humans to Earth's interior, land, sea, air, and space. The course features six sections: foundations, space and Earth, the atmosphere, the oceans, internal processes and products, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Course
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This article provides an account of the total eclipse of the Sun which occurred on August 12, 1999, from the viewpoint of researchers and spectators who witnessed the event in Rimnicu-Vilcea, Romania. Users can view a movie and listen to an audio narrative provided by one of the researchers as she photographed the eclipse. Links to related topics are provided. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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This news article examines how scientists are looking at sites on Earth, especially Mono Lake in central California, to see how evidence of past life on Mars might be preserved. A selection of links to related topics is provided. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology, Space science
 
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This document provides an extensive description of a strategy to deliver credible predictions of future atmospheric carbon dioxide levels based on improved understanding of dynamics in the Earth's carbon reservoirs (the land, air and oceans). Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Report
Subject: Climatology, Environmental science
 
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This article explains how the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite has been used to measure changes in sea level due to heat storage in the ocean. The satellite is able to measure and compensate for the effects of solar and lunar tides so that the data can be used for the study of ocean circulation. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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This article explains how the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite has been used to track large-scale ocean waves called Rossby waves. This new data indicates that the waves may move faster than previously thought, which may have implications for global weather forecasting. Links to related sites are provided. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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This tutorial provides a basic discussion about crystallography. Text and diagrams explain how crystals are measured, classified, and described, and point out that minerals can be identified by their crystal shapes and growth habits. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource presents basic information about how the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite works, what factors affect ocean topography and how ocean circulation affects the Earth's climate. Remote imagery, diagrams, and links to related topics are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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As part of this activity, students learn about geologic processes on Earth in order to interpret surface features recently seen on Europa by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Materials presented here include a vocabulary list, geology jigsaw puzzle, review questions, and links to related sites. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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