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How do geologists understand the Earth’s history? In part, they measure the age of rocks and other natural materials by dating techniques. They can date rocks by gauging the amount of decay of radioactive elements. The time necessary for half of any given amount of one element (the “parent...
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Core samples are small portions of a formation taken from an existing well and used for geologic analysis. The sample is analyzed to determine porosity, permeability, fluid content, geologic age, and probable productivity of oil from the site. Drilling is the only way to be sure that oil and gas...
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"The purpose of this activity is to give the player an introduction to the economics of mining. Each player buys """"property,"""" purchases the """"mining equipment,"""" pays for the """"mining operation,"""" and finally pays for the """"reclamation."""" In return, the player receives money for the...
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"The """"Blue Goose"""" has been the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since it was first drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist J.N. """"Ding"""" Darling, one of the greatest supporters of wildlife conservation in the 20th century. Naturalist and author Rachel Carson had a reminder...
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The JOIDES Resolution is an amazing ship that contains all the equipment necessary to drill into the ocean floor for samples of rock and sediment: a derrick, drill pipe, drilling tools, and drill bits. Once the cylindrical core sample arrives on the rig floor, the drill crew passes the 10 m core to...
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"Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of the shell...
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"The Kids' website from NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences features games, activities, stories, and lessons that encourage elementary and middle level students to learn about the environment and have fun while doing it. Topic links like Environment and Health; Healthy Living;...
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How do the natural shapes of gemstone crystals control what the final cut gem will look like? Where do gemstones come from? What makes them sparkle? Where do their colors come from? There's nothing as eye-catching as a piece of fine jewelry covered in beautifully colored gemstones. Natural...
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"How does your school teach students about disasters and disaster preparedness? NIH's K-12 education team recently compiled a list of disaster-related resources for schools and classrooms. The resources are vetted for accuracy and include lesson plans, curriculum, games, and fact sheets. Students...
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This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth's landscape.
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This package provides middle and high school teachers with information around the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volumes' six units. The unit assesses student's knowledge about earthquakes and provide...
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Recycling is good, but upcycling is better! Recycling is turning what we normally throw away into something we can use again either in its current form or as something else. Upcycling is taking something we normally recycle and transforming it into something more valuable. We create too much waste,...
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Pollution, both macroscopic and microscopic, is an important environmental issue for aquatic ecosystems. For this lab, students will model how nanoparticle pollution travels from land to water.
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Using tsunami time travel maps, predict how long it will take a tsunami to reach the shore.
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The Fermi E/PO team has developed a set of three activities to teach students about active galaxies. All three activities are aligned with the national science and mathematics standards a beautiful poster illustrating an Active Galaxy features one of the three activities on the reverse side.
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The study of rocks is called petrology. Rocks may have fossils in them, and they are made up of minerals, but petrologists like looking at the rocks themselves. Just click on one of the link to find out more about rocks and the rock cycle.
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Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life , including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.
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Students discuss their feelings about extreme natural events, learn safety and preparation tips, and create safety signs.
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Students use an interactive natural hazards map to construct their own maps of extreme natural events by United States region. Then they identify patterns.
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Students brainstorm types of extreme natural events, describe the dangerous characteristics of each, and compare and contrast them.
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