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View Resource Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere

This Web site contains a collection of information about the magnetic space environment around Earth, developed by a retired space physicist. It includes a Spanish version (MIntro.html) and one in French (incomplete), glossary, timeline, Q&A, a teacher's introduction to the Earth's magnetosphere, teaching about magnetism with classroom demonstrations. and articles on Birth of a Radiation Belt and...

View Resource The Magnetosphere

This web page, authored and curated by Dr. David P. Stern, provides an examination of Earth's magnetosphere and physical phenomena related to it. Subject matter includes the motion of charges in the Earth's magnetic field and the magnetosphere's interaction with the polar aurora and solar wind. A short history of he discovery of the magnetosphere is also included. This page is part of a larger...

View Resource The Discovery and Early History of the Earth's Radiation Belts

The first of 6 linked web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, on how the inner radiation belt was discovered in 1958 by Van Allen, on the type of instrument used (Geiger counter), on the belt's explanation based on neutron albedo, on radiation belts created by nuclear bombs and on the discovery of the outer belt. Nonmathematical and short; a longer exposition (with references) is in...

View Resource Radiation Belts

This website, authored and curated by David Stern, provides an outline of the motion of charged particles in the Earth's magnetic fields, and the Van Allen and outer radiation belts. It summarizes their discovery, their properties and their physics, as well as providing links to background materials and additional information. This is part of a large web site on the Exploration of the Earth's...

View Resource The Earth

This lesson covers the interior of the Earth, geological differentiation, plate tectonics, composition and layers of the atmosphere, weather and climate, consequences of rotation for weather, the magnetic field, magnetosphere and Van Allen Radiation Belts of Earth, auroras (Northern and Southern Lights, and imaging the Earth. There is information on seismic waves, and convection currents; an...

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