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The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Esri are pleased to announce the publication of the most detailed global ecological land units map in the world. This exciting new global data set provides a science platform for better understanding and accounting of the world's resources. Scientists, land...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
The video briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halema'uma'u and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake. It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing their insights on the summit eruption -- how they monitor the lava lake, how and...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Preliminary computer simulation of the landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington. Credit: David L. George and Richard M. Iverson, US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity has students make a fault like out of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The sandwich is sliced at an angle, letting the instructor demonstrate the three types of fault lines: normal, thrust, and strike-slip. The layers of the sandwich represent offset layers of the earth's crust.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They can...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Published in 2007
This article describes the  salinity in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. This USGS publication gives information about the lake's history, ecology, and other geosciences (hydrology, geology, geography).
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1997
"This report illustrates how crinoids lived and became fossilized. By studying animations and the paper model, students will better understand the flower-like animal that is referred to as a """"sea-lily"""" and its ocean-floor environment. Included are templates for making the paper model,...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 1990
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing seven, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate common earth faults and associated landforms. The faults described are: normal, reverse, right- and left-lateral strike-slip, and oblique-slip. There are also models and discussions of...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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An earthquake causes different types of energy to radiate from the epicenter. The P and S waves are the first two to arrive at any specific point. P and S waves have different motions and shake the earth differently as they travel through it. In this activity, students demonstrate the motions of S...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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This website is a great resource for students when learning about plate tectonics. It contains different readings and activities throughout to help students grasp the concept of plate tectonics.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Targeted for students in grades 6-8, this activity from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program provides a brief overview of what earthquakes are, what causes them and where they occur, why the Earth shakes, and how earthquakes are recorded, measured, and located. The material includes vocabulary,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 1993
This report contains instructions and two patterns for making a terrestrial globe and a tectonic globe. The pattern or map projection is designed to be glued onto a used tennis ball. The terrestrial globe is intended to help visualize the location of the continents and oceans. The purpose of the...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1991
This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a 3-D paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model,...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1994
This report illustrates how two organisms, a trilobite and a nautiloid, became fossils. The report is intended to help students and others visualize the size and shape of a trilobite and a nautiloid, the environment in which they lived, and the circumstances of their fossilization and subsequent...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1997
This report illustrates how dinosaurs may have become extinct as a result of an asteroid impact. Students will better understand the mass extinctions that have been part of the Earth's history. Included are templates for making two paper models, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of a...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1991
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing a set of four, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate the development of island coral. The first model is of a shield volcano that extends above sea level, making a volcanic island. The second is of the original shield volcano and...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why there are changes on the ice sheet that covers the Antarctica continent. Students will better understand the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for assembly, and a discussion of development of the Antarctic...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why sand dunes can develop different forms. Students will better understand the evolution of sand dunes. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for their assembly, and a discussion of development of different forms of sand dunes.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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