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The Earth's Magnetic Field
The magnetic field of the Earth is contained in a region called the magnetosphere. The magnetosphere prevents most of the particles from the sun, carried in solar wind, from hitting the Earth. This site, produced by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), uses text, scientific illustrations,and remote imagery to explain the occurrence and nature of planetary magnetic fields and magnetospheres, how these fields interact with the solar wind to produce phenomena like auroras, and how magnetic fields of the earth and other planets can be detected and measured by satellite-borne magnetometers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 the Regents of the University of Michigan. Copyright 2000-2003 the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2516
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Windows to the Universe'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: UCAR Windows to the Universe