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The Inconvenient Truth: Take Action - Inconvenient Truth

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Take action against global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. Start by using this site's CO2 calculator to estimate your personal impact on the environment and check out the...more
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Take action against global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. Start by using this site's CO2 calculator to estimate your personal impact on the environment and check out the things you can do in your home and travels to improve your behavior. Note: this site is the companion to the documentary An Inconvenient Truth and gets a large amount of traffic, making it very slow to operate at peak times. You may want to use it as a whole-class activity or at-home enrichment if it is running slowly for you at the time you choose to use it.

tag(s): energy (202), environment (319), ozone (10)

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Warn your students not to venture into the portion of the site where they are "purchasing" contributions to i=offset their CO2 emissions. Instead, ask them to figure out which of their behaviors causes the worst pollution. Have them do a family survey at home to calculate what the family can do.

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Dimming the Sun - NOVA/WGBH

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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of ...more
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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of global change, some creative pollution solutions, and more. There is a complete teacher's guide, including hands-on classroom activities and extensive related links. This site is a companion to the PBS television broadcast.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), earth (231), earth day (111), pollution (67), sun (73)

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Use this site as a starting point for your discussion of global warming and environmental issues or as a research source for student projects. The interactive timeline would display well on a projector or interactive whiteboard to give students the "big picture" they so rarely have on their own.

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Global Warming - Facts and Future - National Academy of Sciences

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Science teachers searching for the full-on description of the research and implications for global warming will find more than enough to work with in this flash-enabled site. The presentation...more
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Science teachers searching for the full-on description of the research and implications for global warming will find more than enough to work with in this flash-enabled site. The presentation highlights the various components of the problem - the carbon cycle, greenhouse effects, and research into past data and future predictions. In and interesting twist, the site offers users the chance to experiment with the implications of various responses to this challenge.

tag(s): carbon (21)

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Scientific unanimity is hard to find on this topic, so this site offers great opportunities to examine either the possible responses to global warming or the research methodologies that yield the conclusion that these temperature rises extend beyond the earth's normal historical temperature cycles.

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Faultline - Exploratorium

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Bring the power and drama of an actual earthquake into your classroom with this beautifully designed Web site. In addition to basic information about the science behind this natural...more
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Bring the power and drama of an actual earthquake into your classroom with this beautifully designed Web site. In addition to basic information about the science behind this natural phenomenon - including explanations of plate tectonics, faults, and how scientist measure earthquake force - the site provides historical information about some of the world's most devastating quakes and some breathtaking video clips. Click on "Active Zone" for some creative, hands-on activities that can be implemented in your classroom.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), plate tectonics (25)

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Virtual Tour of the 1906 Earthquake - USGS

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Remember the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco quake - and learn a lot about earthquakes in general - with this remarkable set of Google Earth overlays from USGS. ...more
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Remember the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco quake - and learn a lot about earthquakes in general - with this remarkable set of Google Earth overlays from USGS. The set illustrates the 1906 quake, the plate tectonics of western North America, and the history of earthquakes in the area over the past century.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), plate tectonics (25)

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Try saving the various "layers" to your computer, then use in the classroom with a projector, turning on the various layers in sequence. Lots of instructional possibilities with this one.

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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (64)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Big Here Quiz

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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how...more
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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how perceptive you truly are regarding the environment that supports your lifestyle. Where does your garbage go? What spring wildflower is the first to bloom where you live? What time is sunset today? There are many possibilities for creation of an environmental lesson around this one.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), environment (319), pollution (67)

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Geologic Time - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding...more
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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding illustrations, examples, and content links for all the major geologic epochs and eras. This site makes looking billions of years into the past wonderfully interesting. Well worth a visit for teachers of geology, science, or earth science at all levels.

tag(s): fossils (46), geologic time (9), logic (236), paleontology (42)

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Artificial Wetlands - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could ...more
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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could soon be used to control environmental hazards. A summary and discussion questions are included. Great introduction to the importance of wetlands in preserving the water supply and reducing flooding. Headphones needed. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): conservation (128), environment (319), water (131), wetlands (9)

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WildWorld - Terrestrial Ecoregions of the Word - National Geographic Society

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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to...more
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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to visit each region and explore the ecological features, communities, and climate found there. Additionally, visitors can learn about the very real environmental concerns that threaten these regions. Also includes a downloadable "Educator's Guide," glossary, and links to related resources,

tag(s): biomes (115), climate (92), ecosystems (89)

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Note: This site only supports Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Asia Quake Disaster - BBC

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Keep updated on the constantly changing news from the tsunami-ravaged areas of South East Asia with this news page created by the BBC. Includes statistics on the devastation, information...more
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Keep updated on the constantly changing news from the tsunami-ravaged areas of South East Asia with this news page created by the BBC. Includes statistics on the devastation, information about the International relief efforts, and a step-by-step animation of how the disaster unfolded.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), sun (73), tsunamis (18)

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Seismic Monitor - c

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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even...more
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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even go back in time and view all global earthquake activity over the past five years. The USGS National Earthquake Information Center is the main source for the seismic data on this site. Check out the Education Links that include lesson plans and resources for teachers.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), sun (73), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (64)

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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - Wikipedia

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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image...more
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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image of the tsunami, a description of its characteristics, data on damage and casualties, and links to ongoing news coverage, videos, and photos.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), sun (73), tsunamis (18), waves (24)

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Exploring the World of Earth Science - McDougal Littell

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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and...more
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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and links to local resources and careers in earth science. Designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook authored by Spaulding and Namowitz, this site can easily be adapted to supplement your earth science curriculum.

tag(s): earth (231), news (261)

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Use the visualizations on a projector to start class ("What is happening here?") or bring concepts to life. Check out the various presentations on this site as alternatives for students who need another approach or who need further review. Include the link on your teacher web page to refer students who need some extra reinforcement.

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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 (64)

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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 (92), 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 (82), volcanoes (64)

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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 (64)

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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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