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Contributed by the DLESE community in 2001

Each month we highlight a resource that a community member has suggested for inclusion into the library. Your contributions are what make DLESE a community-owned project. Please do contribute by suggesting your favorite sites.

December 2001

Athena - Earth and Space Science for K-12

Part of NASA's Learning Technologies Project, Athena engages students in observing phenomena using remotely sensed data to construct knowledge about the world. Data sets and instructional pieces are related to oceans, the atmosphere, Earth resources, and space/astronomy. Real-time data are used where possible.

The material is intended for direct use by students with appropriate assistance from teachers. The goal of Athena is to enhance the K-12 science curriculum, and facilitate use of the powerful computational tools in classrooms networked to the Web. Materials include data sets with appropriate explanations, student activities, and teacher background information delivered to classrooms via the Internet.

Athena makes scientific data accessible to students in an understandable form by involving educators in planning, writing, and piloting the material in classrooms. Project staff train teachers and provide support for 18 pilot sites in Seattle-area classrooms. Athena supports the pilot classes with onsite visits and e-mail, solicits feedback, and offers writing materials developed in light of the classroom experience.


November 2001

The Virtual Geosciences ProfessorThe Virtual Geosciences Professor

 Analytical  |  Course Resources  |  Data  |  Department  |  Field Trips  |  Handouts  |  Homework  |  Images  |  Learning  |  OnLine  |  Resources  |  Student Projects

This website hosts a database of over 4,750 geoscience course resources available on the Internet and is the creation of the late Dr. John Butler. You may search the database by category, subcategory and/or by keywords. The site offers an electronic mailing list called the Virtual Coffee Room, a resource of the month section, and a section with links to geoscience departments around the world and WWW geoscience related directories. It also offers a section entitled Geophysics that contains numerous links to geophysical data, geoscience career and student support information, and reference materials for geophysics.

A feature entitled 'Another Node on the Net (ANON)' is designed to provide Internet resources that can help meet the research and academic needs of the readers of the Journal of Computers and Geosciences.


October 2001

Bridge Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center image

Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center

Bridge is a growing collection of on-line marine education resources. It provides educators with accurate, useful, content-correct and content-current marine and data information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. The Resource Pavilion provides links to lesson plans and curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, while the Data Port section provides links to on-line data sets, including tips on how to use these data in the classroom. Specific classroom activities using data are detailed and updated on a monthly basis. A communication section provides access to listservs and ask-a-scientist services. Ocean science information sites are linked by discipline or topic, including biology, chemistry, physics, marine geology, ecology, atmopshere, and human activities. Current on-line expeditions and event-specific activities are highlighted on the front page.

September 2001

Ecological Society of America logoEcological Society of America's EdWeb Ecology
Course Syllabus Exchange

As part of the Ecological Society of America (ESA)'s EdWeb, this site features course syllabi for undergraduate and graduate ecology courses. Over 40 professors/lecturers have posted links to their websites from the page, covering undergraduate introductory ecology courses, advanced undergraduate/graduate courses in ecology, undergraduate/graduate conservation biology courses, undergraduate environmental science and studies courses, and ecology and environmental science education courses for teachers. There is currently a call for further contributions.


August 2001

The Hydrologic Cycle - online meteorology guide

The Hydrologic Cycle: online meteorology guide is one of several online guides produced by WW2010 at the University of Illinois. These guides use multimedia technology and the dynamic capabilities of the web to incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations, computer simulations, audio and video to introduce topics and concepts for a wide variety of disciplines. The Hydrologic Cycle is part of the Meteorology Guide, and focuses on the circulation and conservation of the earth's water. There are nine sections: The Earth's Water Budget, Evaporation, Condensation, Transport, Precipitation, Groundwater, Transpiration, Runoff, and a Summary and Example of the hydrologic cycle at work. Each section has diagrams and text, as well as hyperlinks that further define and illustrate concepts presented in the section.


July 2001

USGS Rocky Mtn Mapping Center image

Exploring Earthquakes in Space and Time Through the Internet and a Geographic Information System

In this exercise students are asked to examine the frequency and distribution of earthquake epicenters and compare these epicenters to the distribution of plate boundaries and cities. Students download earthquake epicenters for the last several days and for an entire year from the Internet, map the information using ArcView geographic information system (GIS), and analyze the patterns that become evident. The module presents background information on earthquakes and GIS, and includes step-by-step instructions for using the technological tools. It can be adapted to a wide range of grade levels and may be presented as an introductory GIS exercise. It may be completed without a GIS by using a paper base map, but requires access to the World Wide Web. This module has been classroom tested, and was peer-reviewed during June 1997.


June 2001

Hurricane Andrew

HSEI logo Historical Significant Events Imagery (HSEI)

The Historical Significant Events Imagery database (HSEI) is maintained by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). It contains hundreds of selected satellite images capturing some of the more important weather and environmental events over the last 30 years. One can search for images of a specific type of event or for a specific date range, go to a " What's New" section for images added in the past 7 days, or visit a "Most Popular" section for frequently-requested images. The images can be viewed on-line or downloaded for free, or one can order hardcopy matte or glossy finish prints for a small fee. Image dates range from 1960 (the first image from space) to present, and cover phenomena such as dust storms, fire, floods, hurricanes, snow cover, oil spills, severe weather and volcanoes.


May 2001

Project Wet: Water Education for Teachers

The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs. Project WET has active programs in 43 states, the U.S. Territories, and select provinces of Canada. The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, a collection of over ninety, broad-based water resource activities is available to classroom teachers, resource managers, park rangers, museum educators and others who attend training workshops provided by state Project WET Coordinators.


April 2001

Animated Tectonic History image

These animations were developed as a project for the Smithsonian Museum and for public education. As they evolved, the animations developed into a powerful research visualization tool used by geoscientists across the nation. These animations are now being released over the Web for general use.

This page contains the first image of each animation. The movie previews contain a small version of each animation along with an extended description. Two larger versions of each movie, plus an accompanying narrative text are available for free on the download page. Animation files include: the Pacific Hemisphere, 85 Ma to Present; two versions of Northeastern Pacific and Western North America, 38 Ma to Present; and Southern California, 20 Ma to Present.


March 2001

Globe pictureInteractive Models for Geological Education Online

(Formerly the Global Environment Research Project) is a group of researchers and students whose objectives are to bring an individualized approach to science through participatory laboratories. This site provides access to 7 interactive computer modules to aid in undergraduate geological education.

Non-science students and introductory geology students will learn to develop multiple hypotheses, to understand the variability of data, to use computers for visualization of geologic phenomena, and to understand the importance of hypothesis testing as a societal responsibility.These modules contain extensive visual material of geologic phenomena, interactive computer models of significant physical principles, video and audio segments of geologic processes and simulation models of complex geologic problems.

The topics of the laboratories include field measurements of a stream profile and water velocity, water sampling and laboratory measurements of aspects of water chemistry and water-rock interaction, flooding, ground water flow, topography, erosion, mass-wasting, volcanoes, earthquakes, and Earth resources and population.

The modules are freely downloadable and are Macintosh-based.


February 2001

Water on the Web image

water on the web imageThe primary goal of this site is to train students to understand and solve real-world environmental problems. Water on the Web (WOW) offers unique opportunities for high school and first year college students to learn basic science through hands-on science activities, in the lab and in the field, and by working with state-of-the-art technologies accessible through a free website.

Coordinated teacher and student lesson plans are designed for infusion into the existing science curricula for college freshmen and advanced high school students. The lessons use the aquatic environment and real lake data to explore basic science concepts through two different approaches: a directed study and an inquiry approach.

Real water quality data, provided in real-time and archived formats, is obtained through the project's Remote Underwater Sampling Stations (RUSS). Data visualization tools embedded in the website allow students to see and explore relationships that might be lost to them when the data appears as just arrays of numbers.

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