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View Resource National Geophysical Data Center

The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), located in Boulder, Colorado is a project of the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. This site is an informational resource for glaciology, marine geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, solar-terrestrial physics, and solid earth geophysics. The...
View Resource New Theory for Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction

250 Million years ago, about 90 percent of ocean life and 70 percent of land species were wiped out in a relatively short geologic time span. A new study appearing today in Science magazine suggests that this die-off was triggered by a comet or asteroid collision similar to the one that many believed later killed off the dinosaurs. The lead author of the study, Luann Becker of the University of...
View Resource Ask - A - Geologist

Ask-A-Geologist - US Geological Survey offers new Internet service. Have you ever wondered about why there so much oil in Texas, but not in Wisconsin? What are the deepest canyons in the United States? (The answer might surprise you!) While the answers to many of these questions might be as close as an encyclopedia, some questions are difficult to answer without checking many sources. The USGS...
View Resource Destination: Earth: The Official Website for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Destination: Earth, strives to better understand climate patterns in an effort to "predict and respond to environmental events - such as floods and severe winters - well in advance of their occurrence." At this site, space technology and its uses for understanding earth systems are described in the form of news stories, explanations, links to scores of science...
View Resource Columbia Earthscape

Created by Columbia University and the Columbia University Press, and boasting a highly distinguished advisory board, this site aims to "select, gather, and link the widest range of on-line resources available" for researchers, teachers, students, and decision makers involved in the Earth sciences. While access to the site requires a subscription, Columbia Earthscape is currently offering a free...
View Resource Visible Earth: A Searchable Directory of Images, Visualizations, and Animations of the Earth

NASA's Visible Earth site is a solid and easy-to-use collection of images and animations of our planet. At present, the database holds 4,275 records and may be searched by keyword or advanced search options or browsed by category and topic. Initial returns include a large thumbnail which links to a several-paragraph description and the full-size images or animations. A nice resource for both...
View Resource Earth and Sky

This companion web site to the Earth and Sky Radio Series offers recordings of the award winning daily radio show, plus oodles of supplementary science material. Visitors can search for specific science topics and retrieve relevant articles and past shows (and transcripts) on the topic. There is a great kids earth and sky section directed at younger children, plus a teacher's lounge with...
View Resource Understanding Our Planet Through Chemistry

The Central Region's Mineral Resource Surveys Understanding Our Planet Through Chemistry Web site shows how chemists and geologists use analytical chemistry to determine the age of the Earth. The various topics covered include: elements, isotopes, and radioactivity; global change in the geologic past; cleaning up coal burning; and mapping stream sediments for resource exploration, among others....
View Resource Hypography Sci-Tech

Hypography Sci-Tech is an intriguing Internet portal to some of the more obscure, yet profound, discoveries and scientific developments around the globe. The site "aims to provide popular science and technology content to a general, world-wide audience on a daily basis." Besides including links and references to original work, the author provides a unique perspective of the topics' implications....
View Resource Fact Monster: Science

Fact Monster, the online reference and fun fact Web site, has some new and old features that kids interested in science will enjoy. The Almanac Section contains a wealth of information on everything from the environment, stars and planets, and weather, to other life science subjects. Special features include a daily weather fact, games and quizzes, a box to input a year to get interesting science...
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