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Planetary Forecaster is an inquiry-based science curriculum that integrates hands-on lab activities with the use of technology for exploration and modeling. In this curriculum, students explore the major factors leading to temperature variation around the globe, and then use what they learn to make temperature predictions and identify the habitable areas on a fictional, newly discovered planet. The ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Curriculum, Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography
 
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BiologyBrowser brings together a variety of internet resources for students, educators and scientists. With the browser tool, users may browse subject fields, enter geographic regions, or search for specific terms. The site also features articles on current science topics, highlights of relevant web sites and links to follow-up information. This resource is part of the Biocomplexity collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/biocomplexity/ ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Non-profit portal, Clearinghouse, Search engine
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Physical geography
 
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The SAGUARO project CD-ROM features three learning modules that use GIS to learn about earth system science. The three modules - Exploring Tropical Cyclones, Exploring the Dynamic Earth, and Exploring Water Resources - use GIS to help students identify physical and spatial relationships and construct multiple representations of data as maps, tables, charts, and graphic layouts. The modules use a multimedia ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different types of aquifers based on six principal lithologies; sandstone, carbonate, sandstone-carbonate, igneous and metamorphic, sand and gravel, and other rock types. The site features maps and descriptions of the major aquifers in the United States as well as general information about groundwater occurrence and quality. The site also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material, Government portal
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This website, maintained by the USGS, is a clearinghouse of information related to spectroscopy. Topics include papers and information on spectroscopy, terrestrial and planetary imaging, remote sensing, downloadable software, and the USGS digital spectral libraries. The site features recent papers, abstracts, and news releases of interest to scientists and students. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This report outlines the proceedings and progress from the Visual Tools for Watershed Education forum. The forum was developed in response to questions about how effective educators and conservation leaders were in communicating about watersheds. This report discusses the use of visuals aids in communicating about watersheds and how they have been successful where verbal approaches have not. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Physical geography, Hydrology
 
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This webpage describes glacial fluctuations with respect to time. Glacial changes are discussed in three different topics; geologic time and glacier cycles, plate tectonics and glacier formation, and Milankovitch Cycles. Links within the text provide photographs, diagrams, and a glossary of technical terms. Users may also follow links to other pages related to glacial fluctuations such as glaciers ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Glossary, Ref. material
Subject: Cryology, Physical geography, Geology
 
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This site provides access to a spectrum of web-based visual resources and supporting material that can be used to teach students about paleoclimate through geologic time. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based animated maps and paleogeographic maps, as well as numerous illustrations and photos. Resources can be integrated into lectures, labs, classes, or other activities about paleoclimate ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Climatology, Physical geography, Geologic time
 
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This site provides access to a number of visual resources and supporting material about physical processes acting in rivers and floodplains. Visualizations include simple animations, visual output from numerical models, sediment transfer movies, and numerous static illustrations and photos. Resources can be integrated into lectures, labs, classes, or other activities about fluvial processes and landscape ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This site features a collection of visual resources illustrating the physical processes that interact to create mountain uplift and erosion. Visualizations include simple animations, diagrams, photographs, and visual output from both experimental and numerical models. These resources can be integrated into lectures, classes, labs or other activities. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Abstract / Summary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Structural geology
 
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