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Explore Volcanoes CD-ROM
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Explore Volcanoes - Are you teaching about volcanoes, but need a little more background yourself? Or are you looking for some exciting volcano activities, diagrams, models, or photographs to enhance your lessons? Add some pizzazz and ‘real-time’ volcano activities to your course by using this resource-packed CD-ROM. Full teacher notes, reproducible student activities and suggest answers in PDF format are complimented by forty fantastic volcano images and diagrams to use in your classroom. Have students construct 3D models of seven different volcanic features including a stratoform volcano, shield volcano, and caldera. Provide them with a color template, or have them color one themselves!
This resource has been developed by school teachers and the matierals are curriculum linked to the Earth and Space Science and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives standards (Grades 5-8, 9-12). $9.95.

Explore Earthquakes CD-ROM
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Explore Earthquakes - Are you teaching about earthquakes, but can't find what you need? If you are looking for some exciting earthquake activities, diagrams, models, or photographs to enhance your lessons, this is the CD for you.  All the very best earthquake teaching resources on one CD ROM, including fact sheets from IRIS! Teaching notes, student activities, fact sheets, images, and 3D models. Have students construct 3D models of eight different fault-blocks!
This resource has been developed by school teachers and the matierals are curriculum linked to the Earth and Space Science and Science in Personal and Social Perspectives standards (Grades 5-8, 9-12). $9.95.
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Alaska Earthquake Information Center - A great earthquake site!
Earthquake Virtual Courseware: An inquiry-based activity that helps the user learn about the fundamental concepts of how seismic waves are used to locate an earthquake's epicenter and to determine its Richter magnitude.
Free online publications:
The Interior of the Earth:
The San Andreas Fault:
The Severity of an Earthquake:
List of earthquakes, books, resources and children's books:
Free downloadable digital slides: From the National Geophysical Data Center.
On Seismic Creep:
On Tsunami Travel Time Maps:
On Landslides:
Global Volcanism Program - Smithsonian Institute: This well-organized, image rich site documents the Holocene eruption history of the world’s major volcanoes. Be sure to explore the pull down menus on the red title bar beneath page titles to see all the information this site has. A special feature of this site is a GIS-like mapping tool. To access the tool, select a region of the world, then pick a particular volcano. Once on an individual volcano page, select the “Maps” option. The "Map Tool" button links to the UNAVCO Jules Verne Voyager mapping application and displays a map centered on the current volcano. Java must be enabled in your browser to display the maps.
Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis - This site describes the technique of preparing "GIS-ready" data and shows how to map that data and conduct basic analyses using a geographic information system (GIS). Users download and format near real-time and historical earthquake data from the USGS. They use latitude and longitude fields to plot the data in a GIS. They analyze patterns by querying records and overlaying datasets. The focus of the chapter's case study is earthquake prediction. Users examine earthquake distributions, monitor current earthquake activity, and try to predict where the next big earthquake will occur on Earth.
Make Your Own Seismogram - The UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory operates a network of seismometers in northern and central California.
Michigan Tech's Volcanoes Page aims to provide information about volcanoes to the public and to complement other informational sites on the web. Links to updated information on real volcanoes and to volcano cams.
Northern California Earthquake Data Center -
The Southern California Integrated GPS Network Education Module - This site was designed to allow students to interactively learn about Plate Tectonics and related phenomena. There are learning modules and activity modules. Students who function at many different levels can use this site.
United States Geological Survey - A tour of volcanoes in the United States. It is an excellent tutorial in volcanism. Teachers will find this site useful as will middle and high school students. This site also includes a great tutorial on Plate Tectonics.
Volcanic Features of Hawaii and Other Worlds - Lunar and Planetary Institute. Find forty wonderful volcanic slides you can download. Slide topics include Volcanic Structures and Landforms (Slides 32-40), Radar Studies of Lava Flows (Slides 26-31), Rocks and Boulder Fields (Slides 21-25), Eruption Types and Resultant Landforms (Slides 1-20).
Wave That Shook the World, Nova - This website is based on the TV program originally aired on March 29, 2005 and tells the story of the 2004 tsunami, featuring video footage and scientific analysis of the onrushing waves that spread for 3,000 miles around the Indian Ocean basin. NOVA uses detailed animation to show how the quake raised a portion of the seafloor, which also lifted all the water lying above it.
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Earthquakes: Tremor Troop, by Callister, J.C., et. al. Washington D.C.: National Science Teachers Association. 1988.

Earth, by Grimshaw, Caroline. Grades 4-7. Deals with basic geoscience questions such as the origin of Earth and geological/biological changes through time. Paperback: ISBN 0716613050, Hardcover: ISBN 1568474539.

Discovering Earthquakes: Mysteries, Secret Codes, Games, Mazes, by Field, Nancy, and Adele Schepige. Middletown, WI: Dog-Eared Publications. 1995.

Project Earth: Science Geology, by Ford, Brent A. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association Press. 1996.

Janice VanCleave's Earthquakes: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects, by VanCleave, Janice. Grades 4-7. Twenty simple experiments explaining earthquakes that kids can do with materials found in the home. Paperback: ISBN 0471571075.

Assembling California, by McPhee, John. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1993.

Uncovering the San Andreas Fault, National Park Service. A field guide for Middle School Science Teachers. Point Reyes National Seashore Association. 2001. Can be obtained by participating in a teacher workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Earthquake! An Event Based Science Module, by Wright, Russell G. Menlo Park, CA: Innovative Learning Publications, Addison-Wesley, 1996. Public QE535.W74 1996.

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Seismic wave program: A program for the visualization of seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time. The program, which runs under Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, has an extensive database of events. A number of pre-defined maps are included which illustrate the seismicity in various parts of the earth.
Earth Revealed: Continuously aired on PBS, this video series is for high school and undergraduate students. Program 9. Earthquakes- Showing actual footage of earthquakes and their aftermath, this program discusses the forces that fuel these massive events. Faults, waves, and the transfer of energy from the epicenter are explained, and histories of the seismograph and Richter scale are presented. The program also describes devices being developed to study - and eventually predict - earthquakes. Program 13: Volcanoes provide clues about what is going on inside Earth. Animations illustrate volcanic processes and how plate boundaries are related to volcanism. The program also surveys the various types of eruptions, craters, cones and vents, lava domes, magma, and volcanic rock. The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens serves as one example. Annenberg/CPB Resources; site has current broadcast dates and info on how to purchase videos, textbook, study guide, and teacher guide.


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