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Favorite Websites


  "The Nine Planets".  One of the most thorough and up to date
astronomy sites offering information on all the planets in our 
solar system.
http://www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/nineplanets.html

  "Solar System Exploration." NASA's website offering a complete 
and up to date collection of information on the planets in our 
solar system.
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm

  "Jet Propulsion Laboratory"- Solar System.  A branch of NASA, 
this site offers up-to-date information not only about the 
planets but especially really good information about space probe 
missions, both in the past and future.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/solar_system/

  "Astronomy.com" - the website hosted by Astronomy magazine.  
Get up to date information about conditions of the night sky as 
well as recent stories featured in their publication.
http://www.astronomynow.com

  "Geology Discipline Home Page" - USGS.  This site offers a 
source of geological information from the USGS government 
office.  Here you can find information on earthquakes and 
volcanoes.
http://geology.usgs.gov/

"National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA" .  This
 website offers information about the atmosphere and the oceans 
around the world.  Both up-to-date and historical information can 
be found here regarding hurricanes, global warming, etc.
http://www.noaa.gov

"National Climatic Data Center - NCDC".  The world's largest 
archive of weather data.  In connection with NOAA this provides 
additional information dealing with climate and weather.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

  "Smithsonian Institute".  Access one of our country's greatest 
museums for information on our planet as well as events in space. 
Information on dinosaurs, volcanoes and the environment can be 
found here.
http://www.smithsonian.org

"Digital Library for Earth System Education".  This site offers
numerous resources for ALL earth science topics, including not 
only articles but lesson ideas, labs and demonstrations.  Created 
for teachers, this is a great site for students to use when 
looking for information and ideas for theScience Expo.
http://www.dlese.org/dds/index.jsp

  This site provides a great resource for information that 
students can use, including experiments and demonstrations.  This 
site focuses on the electromagnetic spectrum, especially infrared.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/

The NASA website offers a wide range of computer text files, 
software, and graphics related to the aeronautics and space 
program.
http://www.nasa.gov

Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights.  Find information about 
this aswell as links to other sites.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/

Women in Mining is a website dedicated to helping teachers and  
students in learning about minerals and the economics of mining.  
A good site to get demonstration ideas for student projects 
dealing with rocks or minerals.
http://www.womeninmining.org

Find information on several topics including waves, El Nino,
ocean currents, and coral reefs.
http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/index.html

The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona.  
This site offers a wonderful selection of information and images 
dealing with meteorites and their impacts both here on earth as 
well as the moon and other bodies.
http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/SIC/

"National Science Digital Library".  This is a digital library of
exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support 
of science education at all levels.  NSDL provides educational 
resources for science, technology, engineering and mathematics 
education.  It provides access to materials and methods that 
reveal the nature of the physical universe and the intellectual 
means by which we discover and understand it.
http://nsdl.org

Earth/Moon/Sun Positions and the Moon's Phase - 
Shows a unique view of earth-moon-sun relationships.
http://jove.geol.niu.edu/faculty/stoddard/JAVA/moonphase.html

Eclipse Home page at NASA.  Get all the information about lunar 
and solar eclipses as well as schedules of eclipse events of the 
past, present and future.
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html

"Amazing Space" Learn more about our universe by exploring its 
planets, galaxies, comets, black holes and more.  Along with a 
great deal of content you will find teaching tools, interactive 
pages and games.
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/

"The Weather World 2010 Project"  University of Illinois.  This 
site has lots of diagrams and explanations about different 
components of weather.
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/home.rxml

"USGS Astrogeology Research Program"  This site includes
information on earth and the other planets as well as maps 
and globes, interactives, animations and downloads.
http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/

"Pictures of our Universe"
Access images taken by astrophotographer Stefan Siep.
http://photomeeting.de/astromeeting/_index.htm

"Wave that Shook the World"  NOVA episode. Based on the TV 
episode.  Uses detailed animation to demonstrate the tsunami of 
2004.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tsunami/

"Jetstream: An Online Weather School" NOAA. This site contains 
modules on Earth's atmosphere,as well as weather phenomenon, 
including thunderstorms and tornadoes.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/

"National Geographic"  Access information on multiple topics as 
well as using interactive maps and find fantastic images.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

"NOAA's National Ocean Service"
Find out detailed information about everything to do with the 
oceans and coastlines.
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/welcome.html

"Science News for Kids"  Access science articles on numerous 
topics as well as many links for more in-depth information.
http://sciencenewsforkids.org/

"Environmental Protection Agency"
Use this interactive site to generate maps of polluters in your 
own state.
http://epa.gov/air/data/geosel.html

"National Renewable Energy Lab" If you arelooking for information 
on alternative energy sources, such as geothermal energy, wind 
power, etc.this site offers not only an immediate source of 
information,but access to other sources as well.
http://www.nrel.gov/learning/

"American Museum of Natural History"
A great source for a variety of topics in science.
http://www.amnh.org/science/?src=toolbar

"El Nino Educational Sites" 
A resource for finding information on El Nino.
http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/edu.html

"Sun or Moon Rise" 
Find the actual sun and moonrise times for any place in the world.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/

"Resources for Earth Science"  Over 1000 reviewed links are 
organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in Earth 
Science class.
http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi/

Home page for the Hubble Space Telescope.
http://hubble.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.php

Great Earth Science Images!
http://www.earthscienceworld.org/imagebank/search/browse.html

Interactive lessons on many different earth science topics.
http://www.learningscience.org/esc2cearthsolarsystem.htm

Hubble Space Telescope gallery of images.
http://hubblesite.org/

Chandra X-Ray Observatory 101.  Find out everything 
there is to know about the x-ray observatory in space.
http://chandra.harvard.edu/edu/chandra101.html

"Planetquest" This interactive shows how we find and locate
planets beyond our solar system.
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

This web site, Earth Impact Database, will allow  students to see 
the geographical distribution of impact craters among other 
things related to impacts.
http://www.unb.ca/passc/ImpactDatabase/images/campo.htm

National Geographic's interactive site on hurricanes, tornadoes, 
volcanoes and earthquakes.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/forcesofnature/interactive/index.html?section=h

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed Space Science 
materials that have activities that can be viewed or downloaded.
http://quilt.jpl.nasa.gov/

Access stories that have been covered on Minnesota Public Radio.
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/science/

Mapping the ocean floor - information from USGS and Woods Hole 
Science Institute.
http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/operations/sfmapping/index.htm

Hubble Minute - NASA.  A brief video news report about the latest 
Hubble discovery.
http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2006/01/videos/a/formats/low_quicktime.mov

U.S. WEATHER DISASTERS 1980-2005
This site reports on weather events that have had a great
impact on the U.S.  In addition to hurricanes, storm systems, and
tornadoes, there is also information on El Nino and La Nina.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/reports/billionz.html

National Caves Association.  Find information on caves as well as 
links to other sites.
http://cavern.com/

"Oceans Alive" - this website run by the Museum of Science
offers all kinds of information in regards to oceans!
http://www.mos.org/oceans/index.html

Understanding Plate Motions - from the US Department
of Geology.  Tells about the different boundaries.
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/understanding.html

This site offers MULTIPLE interactive lessons on many earth 
science topics.
http://www.learningscience.org/esc2astructureearthsystem.htm

US Geological Survey's site on caves.  Complete
and thorough information.
http://www2.nature.nps.gov/geology/USGSNPS/cave/cave.html

CAVES. University of Texas' website on caves.
http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/caves/caves.php

NOVA's site on how caves form.  In this animated explanation, 
discover the four main ways that caves can form´┐Żfrom water, 
lava, glacial ice, or limestone-dissolving bacteria. Super visual
illustrations of how caves form in different ways.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/caves/form.html

This site offers additional information on state and national 
data and statistics, acid rain legislation, and US and 
international initiatives.
http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/

The US Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory Website, 
which focuses on hazards, activity, history, and monitoring of 
volcanoes.
http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, 
reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/

Recent earthquakes or seismic events, are displayed on an 
interactive earthquake map server GMT educational WILBER 
seismicity observation map of earthquakes.
http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

From PBS this site takes you through Plate Tectonics.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/tectonics/intro.html

Learn what the Ring of Fire is, along with further information on 
the theory of plate tectonics and how it has contributed toward 
the formation of our earth.
http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glossary/PlateTectonics/description_plate_tectonics.html

US Geological Survey and National Park Service geology site on 
plate tectonics.
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/dynamic.html

NEW HORIZONS - Mission to PLUTO.  Here is the website focusing on 
the space probe on its way to Pluto.
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

Here are videos of demonstrations that could possibly be used for 
the Science Expo.
http://thehappyscientist.com/

"Oceanus". Published by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
(WHOI), this nice publication features the work of researchers at 
WHOI via the use of photographs, interviews, and feature 
articles. Along the left-hand side of the homepage, visitors will 
find sections such as "Research News",
"Features",
"Interviews & Quotes", and "Students at Work".
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/index.do

WATER USE IN THE U.S. How is water used in the United States? 
Which states are the biggest guzzlers? How much water is required 
each day to produce electrical power? Find answers to these and 
other burning questions.
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wateruse.html

So you're ready to type up your bibliography.  Use this site
to help format your information.  It automatically takes care
of correct order and punctuation.
http://carmun.com/easy-bibliography-formatting-APA-MLA.php

This site offers information on different types of alternative 
energy.
http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/

This site offers information on different types of alternative 
energy.
http://www.energyalternatives.ca/

Department of Energy's energy kids page.  Information on 
alternative energy.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/renewable/geothermal.html

Geothermal Education Office.  Information on geothermal energy.
http://geothermal.marin.org/

Effects of deforestation.  This site offers a lot of information 
on this topic as well as links to other sites with images of the 
rainforests.
http://www.earlham.edu/~pols/17Fall96/inneske/effects.HTM

NOAA'S Tsunami Website.  Offering the most up to date information
on where events have occurred as well as general information about
tsunamis as well.
http://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/

This site is put together by Xcel Energy and has all kinds of 
information on energy topics and is a good resource for other 
sites as well.
http://www.energyclassroom.com/

This interactive website features brief video segments focusing 
on ecological issues that focus on coral reef ecosystems.  More 
than 30 videos along with related background information and 
reference materials.
http://www.stanford.edu/group/microdocs/

This is a great site, which includes free powerpoint
presentations/talks with nice graphics (and no copyright 
problems) on topics such as volcanoes, dinosaurs, ice age, 
natural hazards, plate tectonics and climate change.
http://www.earth4567.com/

From the U.S. Department of Energy you will find a list of 
resources for students who want to learn more about nuclear 
energy.  Covers such topics as how reactors work, what makes 
certain materials radioactive, and more.
http://students.ne.anl.gov/schools/

On this site you'll find links to more than 350 lesson plans and 
activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy for grades K-
12. Each includes a short summary that identifies curriculum 
integration, time, materials, and national standards.
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/education/lessonplans/

NOAA's Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) is designed to be a 
single point of access to NOAA coral reef information and data 
products, especially those derived from NOAA's Coral Reef 
Conservation Program.
http://www.coris.noaa.gov/

Access hundreds of thousands of articles from one of the best 
science magazines, Discover Magazine.  Pollution, alternative 
energy, astronomy, climate and weather, absolutely any and every 
topic can be found here!
http://www.discovermagazine.com

"The Library of Congress".  Find answers to questions as well as
referrals to other reputable sites.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/

The US Department of Energy.  Find information on fossil energy 
here.
http://www.fossil.energy.gov/education/energylessons/

This is the official website for the radio telescopes in New 
Mexico, the VLA, or Very Large Array.  You'll find information on 
how radio astronomy works as well as lots of other information 
and images taken by these telescopes.
http://www.vla.nrao.edu/

Website for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.  Learn 
about radio astronomy and the multitude of radio telescopes and 
their discoveries.  Lots of images here!
http://www.nrao.edu/

The Discovery Channel launched its new Discovery Earth web site in January
2009. The U.S. National Committee of International Year of Planet Earth is
writing content for the "Earth Top 10" feature on a regular basis:
http://www.iype-usa.org/discoveryEarth.htm

Eyeplorer.
This is a great way to find ideas for subtopics for any subject as well as
helping to organize information.
http://en.eyeplorer.com

AskMN.  Ask a real-time librarian any question.  They will help you to find
resources as well as answers to common questions.
http://www.askmn.org/

U.S. Department of Energy
Here you'll find resources for science projects and activities-for science
fairs, class or home-to help students in grades K-12 learn about energy,
particularly energy efficiency and renewable energy.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/science_projects.html

Clean Energy Resource.
This is a resource for finding information about alternative energy.
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/community-projects/project-planning/schools

The James Webb Space Telescope.  This site offers all the information on this
latest space telescope which will replace the Hubble eventually.
http://webbtelescope.org/webb_telescope/

"This image has been verified by Guinness World Records as setting a new
record for the world's largest ground-based lunar image mosaic. It contains
288 separate high resolution panes, painstakingly stitched and matched
together to form a seamless image. All the panes were shot during a single
night to ensure that the Moon is at the same phase across the image, and
despite difficult conditions on the night, the angular (detail) resolution is,
as you can see by zooming in, incredibly high."
http://www.lunarworldrecord.com/image.php

Spinoff is NASA's annual premier publication featuring successfully
commercialized NASA technology. For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative
Partnerships Program has facilitated the transfer of NASA technology to the
private sector, benefiting global competition and the economy. 
http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/

Rock Cycle interactive activity.
http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/rockcycle

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wastes Website.  This website
contains information about waste in four sections - What You Can Do, Resource
Conservation, Hazardous Waste, and Nonhazardous Waste.
http://epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm

A tsunami education resource from NOAA.  Learn how to make a tsunameter to
understand the difference between tides and tsunamis.  Lots of visuals to help
understand tsunamis too.
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/TERK/terk_intro.htm

Explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas
covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains.
http://exploratorium.edu/climate/index.html

A project that offers tools and knowledge that enable individuals to make
water conservation part of their everyday lives.  Calculate your water
'footprint'.
http://h2oconserve.org/home.php

Glacier interactive
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/lessons/youre-as-cold-as-ice/lesson-overview/1611/

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