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Curricular Resources in Geology

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Geology. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Air Quality Theme Page

Avalanches Theme Page

Biomes Theme Pages

Earthquakes Theme Page

Floods Theme Page

Glaciers Theme Page

Oceanography Theme Page

Rocks, Minerals, and Mining Theme Page

Tsunamis Theme Page

Volcanoes Theme Page

Water Quality Theme Page

General Geology Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Geology. Please read our disclaimer.

Ask an Expert: Geology
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on Geology may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Science" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

Athena Curriculum
Athena has used geophysical and other data sets acquired via the Internet to prepare curricular units on oceans and earth resources.

Earth and Sky
Earth and Sky" is a radio program where popular science topics are discussed at a level that's appropriate for non-scientists. The transcripts for each current week are available online (formerly via gopher and now on the World Wide Web). As part of the service, you can submit your own questions and you can browse the scripts from previous shows.

Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well. Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred 2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide, links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents to directly access such sections as Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology, Biogeography and Ecology, Geology, and Geomorphology.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Earth Science The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Pointers to Earth System Science Educational Resources
Pennylvania State University provides a meta-list of links to on-line Earth System Science Education resources, categorized under headings such as "Earth Science", "Environment", "Weather", "Geography", "Teacher Resources" and "Kids (K-12)."

Students will be able to find resources on rivers in general as well as some specific rivers. Although that section of the site is predominantly American, some Canadian rivers are included.

Schlumberger: Science Watch
Learn more about the oil industry with these articles provided by Schlumberger: 1) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Six Miles Deep: 2) Physics in the Oil Industry; 3) Drilling Fluid: Lifeblood of the Well; 4) CyberGeologist; 5) The JOIDES Resolution; and 6)The Making of Oil Plankton to Production.

The Science Education Gateway provides Earth and Space Science curricula produced by teachers in collaboration with SEGway partners (e.g., NASA, Science Museums). Lessons, activities and self-guided tutorials are categorized under "Space Science", "Sun/Earth", and "Solar System." (Note: you may find some of the same lessons in the web sites of its partners.)

United States Geological Survey
The USGS provides a variety of resources for earth science students and teachers.
  • Earth and Environmental Science A meta-list of Earth and Environmental Science Internet resources categorized under such topics as "Earth Science", "Earthquake", "Environment", "Hydrology", "Oceanography" and "Volcanology."
  • Teaching in the Learning Web Lessons and activities in two earth science categories: Changing World and Earth Hazards. There is also a unit on maps.
  • Water Science for Schools High school and middle school students can learn about the basics of water, Earth's water, special topics (e.g., acid rain, water quality issues), and US water use. There also are some interactive sections, FAQs, and links to other sites.

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