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The study of clouds (where they occur, their characteristics, etc) plays a key role in the understanding of climate change. This site discusses how the relative thickness and altitude of various cloud types result in their either reflecting solar radiation or transmitting and trapping it, thereby warming Earth's surface. It features text, a scientific illustration, and links to other relevant topics ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Space science
 
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This site provides general information on hurricanes, including how they form, where and when conditions favorable to hurricane formation exist, how wind speeds are classified, and what conditions cause hurricanes to diminish and decay. It features text, scientific illusrations, and links to related topics in other parts of the Earth Observatory website. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physical oceanography
 
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The "Global Conveyer Belt" shows how the oceans move energy from the tropics to the poles and back again in order to moderate Earth's climate. This is accomplished through long-term ocean circulation. This on-line tutorial about ocean circulation features text, pictures, and satellite imagery with links to topics such as ocean heat transport, the coriolis effect, hills and valleys in the ocean, measurement ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physical oceanography
 
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This site describes the distribution and movement of water around, through, and above the Earth as water vapor, liquid water, and ice, with emphasis on the water cycle (hydrologic cycle). It is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science for Schools website. Tables and graphs are provided. The water cycle graphic is available in several languages. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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In this activity, the Earth's crust and mantle are compared to the shell and insides of a boiled egg. A computer simulation is provided in which students can click and drag crustal "plates" to form various types of plate boundaries. Brief descriptions of the boundary types accompany the simulation. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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Visitors to this site can learn about the theory of plate tectonics, the history of its development, and the mechanisms that drive the formation, movement, and destruction of continents and tectonic plates. A selection of animations depicts the movements of crustal plates and continents through time. Each animation is accompanied by an interactive time scale that provides links to descriptions of ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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Atmospheric scientists investigating the possibility that human influences are changing the Earth's climate confront a significant problem - how do we actually detect climate change? As they participate in this classroom activity, students will develop the understanding that long-term climate averages are the result of significant annual climate variability and that random climate variability makes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Illustration - scientific
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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Climate is generally defined as average weather over a long period of time. A place or region's climate is determined by both natural and human-induced factors. Students can read an overview of Earth's climate and participate in activities which explain the following concepts: distinctions between weather and climate, variability of daily weather measurements compared to long-term climate data, how ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science
 
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Visitors to this site can choose from a set of links to materials on basic astrophysics, cosmic radiation, features and behavior of the sun, and space weather. An "Ask Us" feature, a glossary, and a selection of links to related sites are included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Glossary, Ref. material, Ask an expert, Clearinghouse
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Physics, Space science
 
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Visitors to this site can read accounts and view video webcasts about recent astronomical events and NASA missions. Links to related activities and sites are included. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material, Educational portal, Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physics, Space science
 
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