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View Resource NOAA Space Enviroment Center

This website, created by the National Weather Service, examines the tracking of activities such as geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms and radio blackouts. Links to different satellite displays such as: real-time solar wind, real-time solar beacon, x-ray, particle and magnetometer displays, solar x-ray imager, auroral maps and energetic particles. The resource has a heavy amount of...

View Resource National Oceanic and Atomospheric Adminstration

This is the homepage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This group conducts research and gathers data about the oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service. This site contains news, weather, headlines, media advisories, links to featured web sites, and numerous meteorological organizations' web sites.

View Resource Snow Ice Crystals

This article from Physics Today by Yoshinori Furukawa and John S. Wettlaufer and John S. Wettlaufer describes how ice crystals form on the earth. The resource includes graphics depicting how different shapes of ice crystals are formed.

View Resource Acid Rain

Due to the presence of dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide, rainfall is naturally acidic. The release of other gases and chemicals such as sulfur dioxide during the combustion of coal and oil can cause rainfall to become even more acidic, sometimes to the point of toxicity. In this activity, students will measure the pH of local rainfall to see what effect these gases have in their region....

View Resource How Humans Change the Atmosphere

This exercise, from the Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century Project, is designed to introduce students to the idea that human activities can alter the chemistry or gaseous composition of the atmosphere, resulting in a variety of impacts on human health and the environment. Discussion topics include indoor pollution and local (point- or non-point source) pollution. Students will...

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