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This is the home page for a NSF funded biocomplexity project about lakes, their riparian vegetation and land use, and social and economic organizations of lake users. The project will study the self-organization of lake users and associated characteristics of shoreline and lake ecosystems. The website includes the project proposal, project summary, maps, data, PowerPoint presentations, publications ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary, Proposal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This site is the public interface for the EPA's involvement with public health and environmental restoration efforts at an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mining operation in Libby, Montana. The site provides fact sheets, press releases, documentation of community involvement, and sampling results. The site also provides links to additional resources about Libby, Montana and asbestos in general. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material, Abstract / Summary, In-situ dataset
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This USGS fact sheet summarizes the occurrence of Balkan Endemic Nephropathy, a serious kidney disease that occurs only in tributary valleys of the Danube River in Romania, Bulgaria, and the former Yugoslavia. There is a close correspondence between the location of affected villages and the occurrence of local coal deposits. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Abstract / Summary
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This site provides information about the distribution of arsenic in ground water of the United States. The site features links to publications such as fact sheets, research and reports, as well as numerical data collected from over 20,000 wells. The site also provides maps that show where and to what extent arsenic occurs in ground water across the country. Links to additional resources related to ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Government portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This report summarizes the current knowledge of naturally occurring radioactive materials in oil-fields of the United States. Of particular concern is the effect on public health and the environment of exposure to radioactive materials in the form of radium-bearing water and 'scale' deposits in tanks and pipes, which may travel far from the oil fields as scrap metal products. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Chemistry, Environmental science, Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This USGS fact sheet provides information about mercury toxicity and its occurrence in the environment. Maps, diagrams, and photographs complement the text which discusses the sources and types of mercury in the environment, exposure pathways, and health effects on humans and wildlife. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Natural hazards
 
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The Toxic Substances Hydrology Program of the USGS performs research to improve characterization and management of contaminated sites,to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems. This site features fact sheets, reports, publications, and highlights of research findings and investigations. Topics include soil and groundwater remediation, agricultural ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph, Index / Bibliography, Government portal
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This site provides reports from a British Geological Survey project which assessed the scale of arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh and examined the possible source, mobility and fate of arsenic in local aquifers. The two reports include several maps and photographs, as well as data sets from the studies. The site also features information about a similar project undertaken in Ghana. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Abstract / Summary, Report, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This clearinghouse site features links to a comprehensive collection of resources related to the arsenic health crisis in Bangladesh and India. The site provides links to news articles, reports and other project documents, reference materials, medical information, and an online forum and email newsletter. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Clearinghouse
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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This site presents an interactive periodic table that provides information about each element including its description, uses, occurrence, and role in biological processes. For instructors, the site features five comprehensive teaching packets which include teachers' guides, student pages, background materials, maps, and other student activities. The complete packets are available for a fee, but some ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lesson plan, Module / Unit, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Environmental science, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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