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This site is provided by the Mineral Resources Program (MRP) of the U.S. Geologic Survey. It is an online geographic information system which covers Earth and the United States. Layers which can be turned on and off feature information on mineral resources, soils, sediments, geologic features, cultural features, land cover, elevation, gravity data, and magnetic data. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Soil science
 
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This description of a ground-water aquifer has a graphic representation to accompany it. It is part of the U.S. Geologic Survey's Water Science for Schools website. Links to other parts of the site, such as definitions and types of wells, are included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This chapter on the formation of Karst topography discusses susceptible rock types, how dissolution occurs, and the general appearance of Karst landforms. Tables, maps, figures, and photographs of Karst landforms from around the world are included. It is part of 'Geomorphology from Space', an out-of-print publication of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Physical geography, Geochemistry, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This alphabetical list of links explains a variety of scientific phenomena. Clicking on the name of a particular phenomenon will provide the user with a written definition or description and a list of links to exhibits (another part of the site) which illustrate it. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Glossary
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Space science
 
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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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The Galileo educator site offers educators and students interesting facts about NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and Europa, and many classroom activities. There are activities to interpret new images of new worlds, planets and satellites, navigating the solar system, planetary surfaces, a closer look of Europa, design a spacecraft to test for life on Europa, building a scale model of the Galileo ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Photograph, Glossary, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Cryology, Geology, Space science, Technology
 
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This site presents a summary of current volcanic eruptions and images and videos of volcanoes on Earth. Discussions of the characteristics of volcanism on other worlds in our solar system are also presented and are accompanied by maps and imagery. Links to volcano observatories, parks, and monuments around the world are also included. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph, Ref. material, Educational portal, Non-profit portal, Ask an expert
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This page of text, from the US Geological Survey's Geology in the Parks website, discusses the difference between weathering and erosion. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geochemistry, Geology, Hydrology, Physical oceanography, Soil science
 
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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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This tutorial will help students learn and understand the concepts of geologic time and the age of the Earth. They will investigate the geologic time scale and learn about the use of index fossils and radiometric dating to determine the age of rock formations and fossils. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Ref. material, Book - text
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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