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EARTH NEWS

Earth Week - a diary of the planet
National Geographic - a TON of 3-5 minute video clips, daily news etc.... Google.com - science news page
Science Daily - huge list of news stories listed by topic, video clips NY Times - earth and environmnetal news
Geology.com - totally awesome. lots of images, maps, including North Carolina maps GeoTimes - web site for magazine, lots of current news
EurekAlert - news from universities and institutions MSNBC Science News
Earth Observatory Earth - from NASA SpaceWeather.com- one of the coolest websites about space stuff, especially the sun, sun spots, auroras
PhysOrg.com - lots of space news BBC - science and nature news
Lightening strike video http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white
SpaceDaily.com TerraDaily - news about planet earth

Earth Science On-Line Lessons

UNIT

Informative

Interactive Inquiry Based

INTRO Latitude/Longitude (short activity)
MINERALS AND ROCKS  
  • Web Quest - CREATED GEMSTONES: THE REAL THING?
EARTH'S RESOURCES  
WEATHERING, SOILS, MASS MOVEMENT  
RUNNING WATER AND GROUNDWATER   Virtual River - Here you will find two interactive exercises designed to help you learn about river processes like discharge, flooding, and flood frequency.
GLACIERS, DESERTS, AND WIND    
EARTHQUAKES  

Earthquake - Travel Time, Epicenter and Magnitude, SP Lag time

Virtual Earthquake - Web-based activity designed to introduce you to the concepts of how an earthquake EPICENTER is located and how the RICHTER MAGNITUDE of an earthquake is determined

PLATE TECTONICS  
VOLCANOES  
MOUNTAIN BUILDING    
GEOLOGIC TIME AND EARTH'S HISTORY  
  • Virtual Dating - learn how geologists and archeologists determine the ages of rocks and ancient artifacts.
  • A Fossil In Time - You and a team of researchers are on an excavation trip in Africa. You have been digging for weeks and are about to pack up and go home when someone on your team yells in excitement. A fossil has been found.
  • Fossil Web Quest - THE FOSSILS OF ANTARCTICA
  • Web Quest - Hominid Fossils
  • Who Killed the Ice Man - Students will
    • review information about mummies,
    • research a well-known ice mummy, and
    • make a class presentation.
OCEANOGRAPHY
  • SeaWiFS - (NASA) Ocean Color, Phytoplankton, carbon absorbtion
  • Variations in a Salty Ocean - This TERC-authored investigation explores how ocean water may or may not mix. The results may surprise you! This is a student-directed, self-paced investigation that is graphics-rich.
ATMOSPHERE AND WEATHER
  • Hurricanes (NASA)
  • Graphing Atmospheric Ozone
    (NASA)Visit the Exploratorium's Ozone graphing activity to use actual satellite data in your own "ozone hole" investigations.
  • Air Pressure
    (NASA)The force exerted on you and things around you by the weight of tiny particles of air (air molecules) is called air pressure. Find out how air pressure affects you and why it's important.
  • El Nino
    (NASA) Find out how El Nino affects you and why it's important.
  • Global Climate Change (SF Exploratorium) in depth, advanced?
ASTRONOMY  
     
     

MORE......................

San Francisco Exploratorium Polar Opposites
5 Turbulent Landscapes
4 Make Your Own Rain Stick
3 Faultlines
2 Salt Volcano
1Graphing Stratospheric Ozone
From NCSU......

Selected Earth Science Web Sites

Middle school teacher web site
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Unit by Unit

 
Chapter 1: Earth as a System
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How Are Earth's Spheres Interacting?
Keycode: ES0103

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How Do Interactions among Earth's Spheres Vary Regionally?
Keycode: ES0108

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Chapter 2: The Nature of Science
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How Might a Scientist Investigate Annual Patterns of Fires?
Keycode: ES0201

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How Might You Investigate Scientific Phenomena?
Keycode: ES0205

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Chapter 3: Models of Earth
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How Do Map Projections Distort Earth's Surface?
Keycode: ES0301

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How Are Landforms Represented on Flat Maps?
Keycode: ES0307

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How Do Latitude and Longitude Coordinates Help Us See Patterns on Earth?
Keycode: ES0303

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Unit 1: Investigating Earth
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How Can Getting Farther Away from Earth Help Us See It More Clearly?
Keycode: ESU101

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Chapter 4: Earth's Structure and Motion
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How Do We Know about Layers Deep within Earth?
Keycode: ES0402

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What Time Is It?
Keycode: ES0405

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Chapter 5: Atoms to Minerals
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How Many Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons Are in Common Elements?
Keycode: ES0501

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How Do Crystals Grow?
Keycode: ES0506

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Chapter 6: Rocks
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How Do Rocks Undergo Change?
Keycode: ES0602

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What Kind of Rock Is This?
Keycode: ES0610

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How Do Igneous Rocks Form?
Keycode: ES0603

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Chapter 7: Resources and the Environment
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What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?
Keycode: ES0703

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What Environmental Changes Can We See with Satellites?
Keycode: ES0707

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Why Is This Place Protected?
Keycode: ES0705

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Unit 2: Earth's Matter
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Paper or Plastic—Which Type of Bag Is Better for the Environment?
Keycode: ESU201

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Chapter 8: Plate Tectonics
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What Is Earth's Crust Like?
Keycode: ES0801

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How Fast Do Plates Move?
Keycode: ES0810

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How Old Is the Atlantic Ocean?
Keycode: ES0802

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Chapter 9: Volcanoes
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How Are Volcanoes Related to Plate Tectonics?
Keycode: ES0901

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Is It Safe to Live Near a Volcano?
Keycode: ES0907

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How Fast Do Gases from Volcanic Eruptions Travel?
Keycode: ES0906

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Chapter 10: Earthquakes
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How Are Earthquakes Related to Plate Tectonics?
Keycode: ES1001

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Which Fault Moved in the Northridge Earthquake?
Keycode: ES1010

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Where Was That Earthquake?
Keycode: ES1003

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Chapter 11: Mountain Building
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How Are Mountains Related to Plate Tectonics?
Keycode: ES1101

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What Forces Created These Geologic Features?
Keycode: ES1106

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How Do Rocks Respond to Stress?
Keycode: ES1102

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Unit 3: Dynamic Earth
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How Can One Volcano Change the World?
Keycode: ESU301

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Chapter 12: Weathering, Soil, and Erosion
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When Is Mud Dangerous?
Keycode: ES1204

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How Does Soil Vary from Place to Place?
Keycode: ES1206

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Chapter 13: Surface Water
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How Does Stream Flow Change over Time?
Keycode: ES1301

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Have Flood Controls on the Mississippi River Been Successful?
Keycode: ES1308

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What Controls the Shape of a Delta?
Keycode: ES1304

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Chapter 14: Ground Water
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How Does Water Move through the Ground?
Keycode: ES1401

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How Many People Can an Aquifer Support?
Keycode: ES1406

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Chapter 15: Glaciers
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How Does Land Cover Affect Global Temperature?
Keycode: ES1504

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How Fast Do Glaciers Flow?
Keycode: ES1507

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Chapter 16: Wind, Waves, and Currents
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What Controls the Shape and Motion of Sand Dunes?
Keycode: ES1603

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How Do Storms Affect Coastlines?
Keycode: ES1608

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Where Did This Sand Come From?
Keycode: ES1607

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Unit 4: Earth's Changing Surface
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What Are the Costs and Benefits of Damming a River?
Keycode: ESU401

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Chapter 17: Atmosphere
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What Can You Learn from a Thermometer on a Rising Balloon?
Keycode: ES1702

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How Does the Ozone Layer Change over Time?
Keycode: ES1708

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How Does the Temperature at One Location Change over a Year?
Keycode: ES1706

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Chapter 18: Water in the Atmosphere
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Which Way Does the Wind Blow?
Keycode: ES1806

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How Acidic Is Your Rain?
Keycode: ES1807

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Chapter 19: Atmosphere in Motion
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How Does the Jet Stream Change through the Year?
Keycode: ES1906

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Could You Break the Record for an Around-the-World Balloon Flight?
Keycode: ES1908

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Chapter 20: Weather
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How Does a Mid-Latitude Low Develop into a Storm System?
Keycode: ES2003

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How Well Can You Predict Tomorrow's Weather?
Keycode: ES2013

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Chapter 21: Climate and Climate Change
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What Factors Control Your Local Climate?
Keycode: ES2101

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How Do Ice Cores of Glaciers Tell Us about Past Climates?
Keycode: ES2105

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Unit 5: Atmosphere and Weather
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How Might Global Climate Change Affect Life on Earth?
Keycode: ESU501

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Chapter 22: The Water Planet
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How Do Temperature and Salinity Affect Mixing in the Oceans?
Keycode: ES2202

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What Is Responsible for Smaller Shrimp Catches?
Keycode: ES2206

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Chapter 23: The Ocean Floor
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What Does the Ocean Floor Look Like?
Keycode: ES2301

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When Were the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans Separated by Land?
Keycode: ES2307

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Chapter 24: The Moving Ocean
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How Can One Ocean Current Affect the Whole North Atlantic?
Keycode: ES2403

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Could You Break the Record for an Ocean Sailboat Race?
Keycode: ES2407

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How Do Tides Work?
Keycode: ES2406

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Unit 6: Earth's Oceans
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Can We Blame El Niño for Wild Weather?
Keycode: ESU601

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Chapter 25: Earth's Moon
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What if Earth and the Moon Were Hit by Twin Asteroids?
Keycode: ES2506

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Chapter 26: The Sun and the Solar System
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Why Does the Size of the Sun Appear to Change?
Keycode: ES2603

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How Does the Sunspot Cycle Affect Earth?
Keycode: ES2605

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Chapter 27: The Planets and the Solar System
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How Fast Does the Wind Blow on Jupiter?
Keycode: ES2704

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What Processes Shape Planetary Surfaces?
Keycode: ES2708

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Chapter 28: Stars and Galaxies
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What Does the Spectrum of a Star Tell Us about Its Temperature?
Keycode: ES2803

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What Happens as a Star Runs Out of Hydrogen?
Keycode: ES2810

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Unit 7: Space
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Could Mars Support Life?
Keycode: ESU701

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Chapter 29: Studying the Past
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What Stories Do Rocks Tell?
Keycode: ES2903

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How Did the Layers of the Grand Canyon Form?
Keycode: ES2906

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How Do Trees Record Time?
Keycode: ES2905

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Chapter 30: Views of Earth's Past
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How Has Life Changed over Geologic Time?
Keycode: ES3002

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Where and When Did Dinosaurs Live?
Keycode: ES3008

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Unit 8: Earth's History
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What Caused the Mass Extinction Recorded at the K-T Boundary?
Keycode: ESU801

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