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This website contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators at the college level. Most of the material on USGS websites is suitable for undergraduate-level use, but we have tried to list especially appropriate sites below. Many of these resources can be used directly in...
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"The USGS Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) monitors and studies active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their hazards, and conducts research on how volcanoes work in order for the USGS to issue """"timely warnings"""" of potential volcanic hazards to emergency-management professionals and the...
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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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This on-line edition contains the text from the original book in its entirety.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
Most volcano hazards are associated with eruptions. However, some hazards, such as lahars and debris avalanches, can occur even when a volcano is not erupting.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
Poster map of Mount St. Helens as shown from above.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
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The LandsatLook Viewer is a prototype tool that was developed to allow rapid online viewing and access to the USGS Landsat image archives.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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The National Geologic Map Database is a collaborative effort by USGS and the state geological surveys. This is a great map of the United States that is user friendly and helpful in order to access USGS topo maps.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
In response to the growing demans for information on the global mineral-resource base, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed assessments for udiscovered resources of porphyry and sediment-hosted copper, platinum-group elements, and potash. The USGS conducts national and global assessments or...
Grade Level   11 12
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The apparatus consists of a heavy object that is dragged steadily with an elastic cord. Although pulled with a constant velocity, the heavy object repeatedly slides and then stops. A small vibration sensor, attached to a computer display, graphically monitors this intermittent motion. This...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The New York State Museum offers educational opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Through museum programming and online educational resources, children, families, educators, and students can experience the art, science, and history of New York State in a fun and engaging way....
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2013
This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Alaska’s volcanoes, like its abundant glaciers, charismatic wildlife, and wild expanses inspire and ignite scientific curiosity and generate an ever-growing source of questions for students in Alaska and throughout the world. this guidebook serves to provide locally relevant and useful resources...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2005
Today’s residents, as well as residents of centuries past, consider Mount Rainier “the spiritual and cultural icon of the Pacific Northwest.” As a backdrop for many of the State’s residents, Mount Rainier offers beauty, solace, inspiration, and challenge. The mountain sets the daily mood for...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
Volcanoes have been erupting in the Cascade Range for over 500,000 years. During the past 4,000 years eruptions have occurred at an average rate of about 2 per century. This chart shows 13 volcanoes on a map of Washington, Oregon, and northern California and time lines for each showing the ages of...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
This downloadable poster showcases bathymetric images of Hawaii's volcanoes.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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A primer on earthquakes with information ranging from what causes them to their effects.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
This video will help you learn to read seismograms.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Magnitude and Intensity measure different characteristics of earthquakes. Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake. Magnitude is determined from measurements on seismographs. Intensity measures the strength of shaking produced by the earthquake at a certain location....
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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