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View Resource My NASA Data Lesson Plan: Seasons and Cloud Cover: Are They Related?

This lesson plan uses NASA satellite data to correlate cloud cover over Africa to the solar declination. The four seasons on Earth have a scientific basis. The earth is tilted 23.5 degrees from vertical. This tilt and the Earth's orbit around the sun are the reasons for the seasons. Earth's tilt and orbital position cause differing angles at which the sun's rays hit the surface of the Earth. As...

View Resource Principles of the Global Positioning System

MIT continues to amaze and delight educators and the general public with fantastic OpenCourseWare (OCW) offerings. This course, taught by Professor Thomas Herring in spring semester of 2012, allows interested individuals the opportunity to learn about the principles of the global positioning system. The materials here include the syllabus, lecture notes, and assignments. The lecture notes...

View Resource National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy: A Framework for Loss Reduction

This report outlines the key elements of a comprehensive and effective national strategy for reducing losses from landslides nationwide and provides an assessment of the status, needs, and associated costs of this strategy. Topics include the rising costs resulting from landslide damage, the role of the federal government in mitigating this hazard, and some features of the new strategy such as...

View Resource Voyage of the Beagle

Download this free eBook version of Charles Darwin's famous expedition around the globe from 1831-1836, under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy. It was on this journey that Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands where he observed the native finches, that led to the development of his highly controversial theory of evolution and natural selection.

View Resource Floyd's Carolina Floods: A Natural Disaster Becomes Research

Hurricane Floyd's record rainfall in fall of l999 caused massive flooding in North Carolina; sediment and waste washed into rivers of the Atlantic causing major ecological changes. This NASA website provides Landsat 7 & SeaWiFS satellite images of the flooding and the massive flows of sediment and waste runoff into rivers and the Pamlico Sound. Also provides description of Landsat and SEAWiFS...

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