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View Resource Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Approximately 12 million years ago, a massive volcano in the southwestern corner of Idaho erupted and spread a tremendous blanket of ash over a large area. Much of this ash settled over the grasslands of northeastern Nebraska. Animals consumed the ash-covered grasses, and eventually they began to perish as a result of consuming this abrasive powder. Eventually these animals and their skeletons...

View Resource Ask USGS

This portal provides links to a variety of information on the United States Geological Survey (USGS). There is a brief overview of the USGS mission and vision, links to news articles and press releases, and a link to frequently asked questions and a page where users can post their own questions. Other links access contact information for various departments within the USGS, a search engine for...

View Resource Soil Crusts: Technical Reference

This United States Geological Survey--Canyonlands Research Station web page provides a link to download a 90-page PDF report summarizing current knowledge about biological soil crusts, with emphasis on crusts found in the western United States. This report discusses distribution, biology, and the physiological functioning of crusts, as well as techniques for monitoring and managing this resource....

View Resource Science Standards

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has created a Web site that offers English translations of the academic standards of Asian countries. This is a good way to compare U.S. science standards to Asian and Asia Pacific countries. Science standards are typically organized into three content areas: Earth and space sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences. Standards may also develop...

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