Earth Science and Weather Resources
[Dewey numbers: 550s]
 Earth Sciences  Plate Tectonics   Meteorology  Paleontology

Earth Sciences [550s]

Earth Sciences (Google Directory) - http://directory.google.com/Top/Science/Earth_Sciences/
Categories covered by this Internet directory include: Associations; Atmospheric Chemistry; Atmospheric Physics; Conferences; Data Centers; Ecology; Education; Environmental Science-Engineering; Geochemistry; Geology; Geomatics; Geophysics; GIS - Geographic Information Systems; Global Environmental Change; Internet Directories; Meteorology; Natural Disasters and Hazards; Natural History Museums; Oceanography; Paleogeography and Paleoclimatology; Paleontology; Polar Regions Education and Research; Products and Services; Publications; Quaternary Studies; Research Funding; Water Resources; and World Languages.
Cascades Volcano Observatory - http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/home.html
A great place top start your explorations about volcanos. Has lots of information freely available.
Park Geology: Tour of National Parks - http://www.aqd.nps.gov/grd/tour/
The Web site is maintained by the National Park Service and has links to various geologic features in the national park system. Categories include: Basin and Range; Caves; Colorado Plateau; Fossils; Glaciers; Hot Springs; Human Use; Mountain Building; Oldest Rocks; Plate River Systems; Sand Dune; Shoreline Geology; Volcanoes; and Geology Photo Database.
Geophysics: Mapping Our World - http://www.imsa.edu/edu/geophysics/course.html
Large collection of links to Web resources related to a course at Illinois Science and Mathmatics Academy. Topics include: Mapping; Plate tectonics; The life zone; Geological time; and Global monitoring.
Igneous, Sedimentary & Metamorphic Rock Info - http://www.science.ubc.ca/~geol202/petrology/rock.html
Clear explanations and images of rock formation geology. (Introduction to Petrology, University of British Columbia) At the same site: Searchable Geology Image Gallery - Search this image gallery for pictures of different geologic formations.
Physical Geology Course - http://ruby.colorado.edu/~smyth/G101syl.html
Professor Joseph R. Smyth's lecture notes for his University of Colorado geology course.
The Dynamic Earth - http://www.geo.duke.edu/geo41/geo41.htm
Geology 41 at Duke University. Lots of good images relating to earth science.
Geosciences (NSF) - http://www.nsf.gov/home/geo/start.htm
This Web site is maintained by the National Science Foundation. The NSF supports research, education, and infrastructure to advance the state of knowledge about Earth, including its atmosphere, continents, oceans, interior, and the processes the modify them as well as link them together.
National Geophysical Data Center - http://web.ngdc.noaa.gov:80/ngdc.html
"The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is the national repository for geophysical data, providing a wide range of science data services and information. NGDC provides long-term stewardship for and access to geophysical data, compiles new, well-documented databases from many sources, and offers value-added data     services to researchers and the general public. NGDC acquires and exchanges global data through the World Data Center system and other international programs." (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Volcano World - http://volcano.und.edu/
A colorful, exciting source for information about volcano science. Includes lots of pictures of volcanos. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone Park, Devil's Tower and Mt. Lassen. (University of North Dakota)
Quake Record of the Day - http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~polet/recofd.html
View the very latest seismographic data from earthquakes around the world at this site.
Earth History Resources - http://seaborg.nmu.edu/earth/
In Earth History Resources you will find many graphic images designed for use in the development of either an           on-line Internet or interactive multimedia project related to Earth History. These images consist of photographs of         dioramas, fossils and models, and computer generated images and drawings.
International Year of the Ocean - http://www.yoto98.noaa.gov/
1998 was the Year of the Ocean. This Web site continues the work started that year by scientists and researchers. Links are provided to: Just for You -- Free Stuff!; National Ocean Conference; Reporters' Resources; In Your Neighborhood; Kids' & Teachers' Corner; Logo Information; Ocean Related Links; Federal Agency Links; and Discussion Papers.
Descent into Monterey Submarine Canyon - http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/projects/descent/Descent01.html
On this Web site you can take a trip into the depths of the ocean and explore a place that scientists are just now beginning to study in great detail.
U.S. Geologic Survey - http://www.usgs.gov/
Topics which can be investigated at the USGS include: Biological Resources: Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, ...;  Earthquakes; Fact Sheets; Floods; Jobs/Employment Opportunities; Maps: DEM, Digital, Earthquakes, ...; Minerals; News Releases; USGS Manual; USGS by State; Volcanoes and What's New. At the USGS you can also Ask-A-Geologist. Submit a question by e-mail and get a response.
REVEL Project - http://www.ocean.washington.edu/outreach/revel/
"This Web site supports REVEL (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) Project. The essence of the REVEL Project is the interaction of highly-motivated science teachers hungry for opportunities to engage in science and innovative scientists pursuing cutting-edge research. The scope of this research encompasses a wide variety of scientific problems that range from the origin of life to new aspects of biotechnology."
Water Science for Schools - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/index.html
This Web site offers "information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge." Topics considered include: Earth's water; Water basics; Water use; Water Q&A; Special topics; Activity center; Picture gallery; NavGuide; Glossary; Certificate of completion; and Links. (U.S. Geological Survey)
The Hydrologic Cycle - http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/earth/hydrocycle/hydro1.html
This Web site provides a guided tour of the water cycle. (NASA's Observatorium)
Earthquake Hazards Program--Northern California - http://quake.usgs.gov/
The USGS maintains this page about earthquake activity in Northern California. Links are provided to: Latest Quake Info -- Real-time maps of recent earthquake activity in California, the nation and the world; real-time seismograms; regional earthquake activity reports; recent significant earthquakes. General Quake Info -- Earthquake basics and educational material; geological and historical information; links to professional and amateur organizations; online access to earthquake data. Hazards & Preparedness -- How to prepare your home, business and family for earthquake hazards; earthquake probabilities; shaking hazard maps; liquefaction hazard and earthquake engineering. Earthquake Research -- Current research activities and results in seismology, crustal structure and deformation, geology and borehole physics. Special Features -- Earthquakes in the news, special events and research developments of particular or topical interest. Additional Resources -- Links to other earthquake websites; "Ask-a-Geologist;" publication lists and bibliographies; ordering USGS products.
Earthquake Engineering - http://www.eerc.berkeley.edu/
This is the Web site of the department of earthquake engineering at U.C. Berkeley. Includes links to image databases, earthquake abstracts, papers on earthquakes in Colombia; Kobe, Japan; Lisbon; Loma Prieta; Long Beach; Mexico; Montana; Northridge, Calif.; Taiwan; Tokyo; Turkey; and Yountville, Calif.; software; reports; shake tables; strong motion recorders; and related Web sites.
Volcanoes - http://library.thinkquest.org/17457/english.html
This ThinkQuest site has info on plate tectonics, volcanoes, a volcanic database, games, comics, lesson plans, and Internet links.

Plate Tectonics

This Dynamic Earth: the story of plate tectonics - http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html
Geomagnetism- http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/
Web DoGS Virtual Plates - http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Geology/webdogs/plates/reconstructions.html
MARGINS - http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/margins/MARGINSnet4/Home.html
PLATES Project - http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/plates/plates.htm
Plate Tectonics - http://www.platetectonics.com/
Peter Bird's Page - http://element.ess.ucla.edu/
Earthquakes & Tectonics in New Zealand - http://www.natureandco.co.nz/land_and_wildlife/landforms/tectonics/idx_tect.php3
Plate Tectonics On-Line Reconstruction Tool - http://www.itis-molinari.mi.it/Intro-Reconstr.html
Puzzles of the Earth (ThinkQuest) - http://library.thinkquest.org/17701/high/index.html
When the Earth Moves: Seafloor Spreading and Plate Tectonics - http://www.beyonddiscovery.org/content/view.article.asp?a=229

Weather & Climate [551.6]

WeatherNet - http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/
The WeatherNet offers over a hundred links to weather-related sites on the Web. The most comprehensive list on the Web.
National Weather Service - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
The U.S. government weather website, offering Current Weather, Climatic Data, Weather News (Public Affairs), and related weather information.
Rain Or Shine - http://www.rainorshine.com/
Offers a simple way to get weather information for 800 U.S. and international cities. Provides 24 Hour weather forecast, satellite, radar image information. Also has interesting weather facts for the date in history.
The Weather Underground - http://www.wunderground.com/
Quick weather information for the world is available from this popular website. Click on a map for information on a state's weather and forecasts, or click and go to another country, region, or continent. Offers a searcher that will "Find the Weather for any City, State or Zipcode, or Country."
Yahoo! Weather
Yahoo! organizes a wide variety of weather information and services. Check the weather by Zipcode, get ski reports, weather maps and images, storm information, and other similar weather data.
Lycos Weather
A general starting place to find weather information for cities and countries the world. Click on a map, or enter the name of a city to obtain information.
The Daily Planet
Lots of weather information from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. Includes hypermedia instructional modules on how to understand meteorology.
WXP: The Weather Processor - http://weather.unisys.com/wxp/
"WXP, the Weather Processor, is a suite of routines for analyzing and displaying meteorological data and satellite images. The software handles standard National Weather Service data captured in near- real time."
Intellicast
A variety of weather information on the U.S. and the world, from the MSNBC network. Includes sections with ski reports, national parks, weather & health, and an almanac which provides historical weather information.
Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey
"NRL Monterey is the only scientific center in the Navy wholly dedicated to atmospheric research; conducting research and development to provide objective local, regional, and global atmospheric analysis and prediction as well as the development of automated weather interpretation systems; that is, the effect of atmospheric changes on naval communications and weapons systems."
Changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet - http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/antarctica/ice.html
"The Antarctic ice sheet changes in size over the course of a year, as you can see in this animation. When it is summer in the southern hemisphere (our winter) the ice sheet decreases in size. As the ice sheet melts it releases fresh water into the ocean. In the southern winter (our summer) the ice refreezes, drawing fresh water out of the surrounding ocean, leaving the salt behind. These seasonal changes in the ice sheet can be examined by satellite imagery. NOAA keeps track of what the ice cover is on a daily basis in Antarctica." (Gulf of Maine Aquarium)
Tsunami: The Big Wave - http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/exhibits/tsunami/tsun_bay.html
This Web site tells about the tsunami which hit Hilo, Hawaii in 1946. It also has information about tsunamis in general.
Old Farmer's Almanac - http://www.almanac.com/
"Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has published useful information for people in all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise tables and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air." The online version of this venerable publication has five-day forecasts, "seasonal offerings," "weekly wisdom," "heavenly details," and gardening tips.



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