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Bering Sea Oil Spill - Responses - New York Times

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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004. ...more
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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004.

tag(s): alaska (25), oil (45), oil spill (21), pollution (67)

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Use this article in a discussion of oil spills and other human caused disasters. Have students read the article "popcorn" style in class, with a student reading a paragraph and then randomly selecting another student to read another paragraph, and continuing passing along reading until the article is complete. Compare the effects of this oil spill to that of the 2010 BP oil spill, noting with students the dramatically different results when even more oil is spilled. This would be great for an earth sciences or government classroom.

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Arctic Climate Impact Assessment - Internatinal Arctic Science Committee

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Teachers and secondary students willing to pore through this newly released report will find sobering conclusions about global warming and the melting of the arctic ice cap. Try this...more
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Teachers and secondary students willing to pore through this newly released report will find sobering conclusions about global warming and the melting of the arctic ice cap. Try this one as the basis for a discussion of global climate change.

tag(s): arctic (45)

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Anatomy of a Volcano - NOVA

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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera. ...more
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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera.

tag(s): volcanoes (65)

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What's up with the Weather? - NOVA

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The facts behind global warming are discussed in this site that presents opinions of climatologists, businessmen, and atmospheric scientists along with maps that illustrate the effects...more
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The facts behind global warming are discussed in this site that presents opinions of climatologists, businessmen, and atmospheric scientists along with maps that illustrate the effects of melting glaciers on sea levels around the world. Forms of renewable energy and their cost and benefits are discussed. Students can take a Home Energy Quiz to find out what they can do to save energy and combat global warming. Great material for an in-class environmental science debate.

tag(s): climate (93), ecology (135), ecosystems (89), glaciers (15)

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How Volcanoes Work - San Diego State Univ.

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The science behind volcanic eruptions is described with vivid photographs and text in this high-level site, best suited for advanced secondary students. Six distinct topics - eruption...more
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The science behind volcanic eruptions is described with vivid photographs and text in this high-level site, best suited for advanced secondary students. Six distinct topics - eruption types, historical eruptions, volcanic landforms, the dynamics of eruption, volcanism on other worlds, and eruption products - are followed by interactive quizzes. Related links and a printable volcano crossword puzzle are also included.

tag(s): geology (83), volcanoes (65)

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Mount St. Helen's Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of...more
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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of information on the history of the volcano itself. Worth a visit if you're planning a unit on volcanoes or national forests.

tag(s): forests (30), volcanoes (65)

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Science teachers will love all the summary tables and resources offered on this site. In teaching about Mt St. Helens, many of the summary tables can actually be cleared and printed to allow students to use them as a graphic organizer to follow along a lecture. This site is also great for refreshing the events of that day as well as the volcanic history of the mountain. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer for easy reference.

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Pacific Seismograph Network

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This page offers several links to curren data and reports on seismic activity on Mount St. Helen's. While much of the content is better suited to professionals, even an amateur ...more
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This page offers several links to curren data and reports on seismic activity on Mount St. Helen's. While much of the content is better suited to professionals, even an amateur can get a sense of the level of activity within this mysterious mountain.

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Mount St. Helen's - Special Conditions

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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing...more
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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing to monitor the famous volcano.

tag(s): forests (30), volcanoes (65)

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Fossil Tools and Resources

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Geological secrets are revealed in this informative site that presents a wealth of information about the search for and interpretation of fossils. Features include a guide for beginners,...more
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Geological secrets are revealed in this informative site that presents a wealth of information about the search for and interpretation of fossils. Features include a guide for beginners, a collection of fossil myths, a glossary, fossil-themed games and activities, and much more. A nice addition to an earth science unit.

tag(s): fossils (46), geology (83), paleontology (42)

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This site is the perfect addition to any classroom learning about paleontology or archeology. Divide students into cooperative learning groups, and allow them to explore the site on classroom computers. Have students create a digital book of what they learned using a digital such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Back to the Sea of Cortez - Jon Christenson

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The famous 1940 expedition around Baja California, made by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts, was carefully retraced by a team of biologists in spring of 2004. Their observations of...more
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The famous 1940 expedition around Baja California, made by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts, was carefully retraced by a team of biologists in spring of 2004. Their observations of invertebrates found along the intertidal zone are documented in an online log. Visitors can compare the recent findings with what Steinbeck recorded in his 1951 book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. This site provides a great opportunity to integrate environmental science and literature.

tag(s): ecosystems (89)

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Dinosaur! - NPS

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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are...more
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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are especially riveting. Students can follow the experiences of a fossil, from the point at which it is discovered, to its placement in the museum. A video clip highlights the amazing work being done by paleontologists, and an interactive sketch allows visitors to explore an artist's conception of the prehistoric landscape. A dinosaur family tree and geologic timeline are also included.

tag(s): dinosaurs (58), fossils (46), paleontology (42)

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Jetstream - NOAA

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Weather and weather safety are explored in this site that takes the mystery out of natural phenomena (like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms), reducing them to clearly presented...more
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Weather and weather safety are explored in this site that takes the mystery out of natural phenomena (like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms), reducing them to clearly presented "life-cycles" and lists of ingredients. Air masses, wind patterns, and cloud formations are also discussed along with more global information about large-scale weather patterns. Each well-illustrated topic is followed by frequently asked questions and interactive quizzes. A helpful index provides a glossary, common weather acronyms, and answers to review quizzes.

tag(s): air (163), hurricanes (38), tornadoes (17)

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Virtual Geology

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What a great addition to an earth science textbook! This site offers virtual field trips that highlight geologic phenomena from around the world. Use the site's links and images to...more
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What a great addition to an earth science textbook! This site offers virtual field trips that highlight geologic phenomena from around the world. Use the site's links and images to show your students examples of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Information on environmental geology, as well as additional links to related educational sites is currently not available; however, this work in progress is worth adding to your toolbox of ideas.

tag(s): fossils (46), geology (83), rocks (51)

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Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets - National Greographic

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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of...more
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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of the South Rim is a useful tool for introducing students to the geography of the American south west. Students can learn about the physical features and plants and animals indigenous to the region. Just for fun, the site also includes Kids' Canyon, a collection of activities, print-and-go coloring pages, screensavers, and wallpapers. Be sure to investigate the K-12 lesson plans, aligned to National Geography Standards.

tag(s): geology (83)

In the Classroom

Beyond lesson plans, use the virtual map over the interactive whiteboard to show students the details of the canyon. Allow students to navigate through the site individually, picking which direction they want to explore first. Be sure to let the students work the interactive whiteboard - participation in technology often heightens interest. This would be a great way to introduce the material being studied.
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Changing World - BBC

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This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much things have changed during Earth's geologic lifetime. Beginning with the death of the dinosaurs,...more
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This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much things have changed during Earth's geologic lifetime. Beginning with the death of the dinosaurs, students can explore seven major geologic periods as a continual timeline or in segments. Interactive maps allow users to experience the continental shuffle, the many geologic changes that affected our earth, and the evolution of life forms.

tag(s): fossils (46), logic (237), paleontology (42)

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There are TONS of interactive games and activities on this site that could easily be utilized in the classroom. Search through the site to find one that is fitting for your class, and save it as a favorite on classroom computers to be used as a learning center or station. Teachers could even introduce the activity on the interactive whiteboard first to give students a better idea of what they will be doing and how this corresponds to the unit. Almost all would be great for a review.
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Severe and Hazardous Weather - University of Illinois

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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps,...more
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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps, high and low pressure systems, air masses and fronts, El Nino and La Nina, are included along with current weather, future forecasts, and archived data.

tag(s): floods (8), hurricanes (38), tornadoes (17), weather (195)

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Eyewitness to History - Union of Concerned Scientists

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Add this eye-opening, interactive map to a lesson on environmental science, or weather and climate. Local and regional consequences of global climate change are illustrated through...more
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Add this eye-opening, interactive map to a lesson on environmental science, or weather and climate. Local and regional consequences of global climate change are illustrated through factual reports of climactic events that are divided into two groups: fingerprints (those indicating trends toward global warming) and harbingers (those directly foreshadowing climate changes). The site also includes downloadable curriculum materials for high school teachers.

tag(s): climate (93)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! This site would also be interesting as a prompt for a class debate on the political impacts of global warming and what or if the government should do anything about it. Separate students into groups, assigning a pro and con side to the debate. Provide students with resources, this being one of them to help them tailor the arguments before they begin. What's great about this site is that it has a lot of basic definitions and current examples that would allow students to really grasp the concept and their arguments. Civics and Geography teachers will find this useful.
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Virtual Oil Well - American Geological Institute

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This fun and interactive game presents students with a real-life scenario: You have inherited two million dollars and mineral rights to an eight-square mile tract of land; however,...more
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This fun and interactive game presents students with a real-life scenario: You have inherited two million dollars and mineral rights to an eight-square mile tract of land; however, to collect the inheritance, you must commit to drilling for oil on the land. The objective is to find the oil before your money runs out. The site provides guidance in the form of a glossary, background information, and virtual consultants, but the task is anything but easy! This is truly a challenging and thought-provoking activity that will strengthen your students' problem-solving skills and reveal the complex process behind drilling for oil. You might want to divide your class into small groups for this interactive experience.

tag(s): energy (203), fossil fuels (18), geology (83), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Cloud Types - NASA

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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected...more
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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected in the classroom, or students can explore it independently in the computer lab (head phones are recommended). Students may choose to view the text associated with the audio, pause the show at any time, or visit related links. A text transcript of the audio used throughout the entire tutorial can be printed.

tag(s): atmosphere (28), weather (195)

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Periodical Cicada Page - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern ...more
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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern half of the United States. This site profiles these infamous flying, plant-sucking creatures that can wreak havoc among trees and shrubs. Use this resource to introduce students to the behavior, distribution and damaging effects of the cicada. Many images and sound bytes of cicada songs are also included.

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