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View Resource The Grand Canyon: Its Youngest Rocks

This video segment adapted from NOVA shows a dramatic landscape created by relatively recent rock-forming activity in the Grand Canyon. Volcanic eruptions only a million years ago created the canyon's youngest rocks. In contrast with the much older Vishnu Schist formation, this younger rock has been much more susceptible to physical change. When three-hundred-meter (thousand-foot) lava dams...

View Resource The Earth Simulator Center

The Earth Simulator Center, funded by the Japanese government, is the birth place of the Earth Simulator, a super computer designed to provide a "holistic simulation of the entire earth system" that "may enable accurate prediction of the future by modelling present conditions based on data about the past." The Journal of the Earth Simulator, which is available online from this website as of June...

View Resource Magnetometer Extensions Activity

The University of Michigan's educational site called Windows to the Universe (last mentioned in the January 6, 1999 Scout Report for Science and Engineering) has added many new lessons to their content. Highlights of these include two activities centered around magnetism. Clicking on the links to the Student Activity Sheet and reading the Notes to the Teacher are essential for getting the most...

View Resource Explorations in Earth Science

Searching for ways to stimulate students' interests in the earth sciences? Look no further than this Purdue website created by Professor Larry Braile, which offers numerous, fun and educational earth science education activities. Through the lessons, pictures, figures, and hands-on projects, students can learn about earthquake epicenters, the interior of the Earth, seismic waves, earthquake...

View Resource The Theory of Plate Tectonics

This is a brief overview of the Theory of Plate Tectonics. According to the theory, the Earth's surface layer, or lithosphere, consists of seven large and 18 smaller plates that move and interact in various ways. Along their boundaries, they converge, diverge, and slip past one another, creating the Earth's seismic and volcanic activities. These plates lie atop a layer of partly molten rock...

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