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View Resource Sea-Floor Spreading Made Easy

This activity, which can be performed by the teacher and an assistant, or by students working in pairs, shows the mechanism of seafloor spreading. Two pieces of paper are pulled apart from between two desks or tables, while one student marks the pages with bands of color to represent areas of reversed and normal magnetic polarity. It includes background material explaining the layers of Earth,...

View Resource NeMO Cruises: A Seafloor Observatory at an Active Underwater Volcano

Examine the relationships between volcanic events and the chemistry and biology of hydrothermal vents on the undersea volcano Axial: daily expedition logs, curriculum materials that seek to solve an underwater mystery, photographs and fly-through video. Site also features highly-interactive dives to the seafloor (requires free Shockwave plugin).

View Resource Ridge 2000

The Ridge 2000 Program is a long-term program of scientific research on mid-ocean ridges and other tectonic spreading centers. This extensive website offers information for educators, scientists, students, and the general public. Each section contains background material, the latest news and information, and countless images. It also includes information on student competitions, teacher workshops...

View Resource Black Smokers

This brief web article features black smokers and discusses the history of their discovery, the geologic processes creating black smokers, and the various life forms inhabiting this extreme environment. As part of the PBS "Savage Earth" series, the site contains animations of basic geologic processes, QuickTime videos and additional web articles discussing the ring of fire, the Kola well in...

View Resource Spatial Data Relationships in Geoscience Data

This site from SERC's Starting Point encourages the user to recognize relationships between modern GIS and traditional geoscience spatial analysis methods. Links to example GIS exercises and exercises and visualizations that emphasize spatial data relationships in geoscience are provided.

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