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View Resource NOS Tides and Water Levels Discovery Kit

National Ocean Service (NOS) scientists collect, study, predict and disseminate information about tides and water levels. Tutorial introduces the causes and variations of tides and currents, their impacts on human activities, navigation and organisms. Lesson plans include data for classroom activities, as well as resource links and teacher guides. A NSTA SciLinks selected site.

View Resource NOAA Tides Online

Access weather and water level observations for stations across coastal United States and the Great Lakes. Follow the "CO-OPS Website" link for tide predictions, additional weather-related observations, publications, and much more. Historical data is available for download. Site provides emergency information when a station's water level exceeds normal and is activated into Storm Surge mode.

View Resource Astronomy Animations

This collection of animations introduces students to planetary motions, gravitational effects, and the scale of astronomical distances. Students can view visualizations of Earth's changing seasons, circumpolar motion, and the celestial equator and ecliptic plane. Animations on gravity explain how satellites orbit, the motions of comets and meteor storms, and gravitational 'warping'. Other...

View Resource Tidal Wetlands Impacts Data Home Page

This website provides datasets (starting in 1988) about tidal wetlands in Virginia, human impacts, management practices and results of management on the resources. Select data by year, activity, watershed, or wetland type. Good for research, education, environmental management/policy and general inquires about human impacts on tidal wetlands. Describes data collections methods, provides summary...

View Resource Lunar Tides

This site explains the relationship between our tides on Earth and the Moon. Differential forces are explained as a function of distance from various points on Earth to the Moon. The site explains both a simple tidal model with a smooth water covered Earth and a more realistic tidal model that takes into account the earth-moon system and friction. This site also explains spring tides and neap...

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