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Olympus Mons - remote sensing works for Mars too! Here's a great 3D image.


Inside the Earth - includes printouts for labeling.

Inside the Earth - reliable information from the USGS.

Structure of the Earth - slice into that Earth!

Earth's Interior - interesting radar images.

Structure of the Earth - I didn't know the Earth was an oblate spheroid!

Examine P and S waves moving through Earth's interior - control this simulator and watch the waves.

Making Waves - press the button and watch the waves!

Body waves inside the earth - as evidence of earthquake origin.

On the Move... Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics - an excellent page that discusses evidence supporting continental drift (with some info on Alfred Wegener), NASA's role in investigating continental drift, and why it's all important!

Continental Drift Animation - be patient and you will see an excellent animation (just hit the refresh button on your browser if you want to view it repeatedly). Part of a whole series of great tectonics animations hosted at the Museum of Paleontology at Berkely.

Historical Perspective - a good page from the USGS that explains the changes in the Earth's crust over time. Also has links to informative pages on the Earth's crust, what a tectonic plate is, Alfred Wegener, and fossil evidence.

Continental Drift - a simple but informative page on continental drift and the Earth's crust.

This Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics - another great USGS site that does a comprehensive job covering plate tectonics.

Intro to Plate Tectonics - contains excellent animations of plate movements and what occurs at plate boundaries. You should also check out the links at the bottom of the main page, they describe some interesting history regarding plate tectonic research.

Rocky Mountain System - this page explains how the Rocky Mountains were raised.

NASA Interactive Pangea Map - try your hand at labeling the 60 million year old (requires Flash). Then try the word search and the quiz!

Juan de Fuca Volcanics - excellent information on subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate.

An Introduction to Plate Tectonics - the story of how the theory developed and was eventually accepted.

Deconstructing Pangaea - use your mouse to tear those continents apart!

Paleomap - excellent animations and graphics of plate tectonics, Pangaea (past and future), and geological processes (free downloads available!)

Earthquake Facts and Follies - devoted to dispelling some of the misconceptions about earthquakes, from the Center for Earthquake Research.

National Earthquake Hazards Program: Western Canada - information regarding earthquake activity in Western Canada. Includes sections historic earthquakes, recent earthquakes, seismic data, and excellent information pages: FAQs, plate tectonics, earthquake preparedness, and more!

About Earthquakes - some detailed information about earthquake causes and phenomena, especially in the "Lectures" section; from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

How Earthquakes Work - great set of pages describing earthquake science.

Earthquake Faults and Riftzones - grab your QuickTime plug-in and head for this beautiful collection of virtual reality movies of earthquake faults.

Earthquake Globe - locations of earthquakes on a rotating globe.

Virtual Earthquake - virtual earthquake, a simulated seismogram.

Earthquakes Canada - your ultimate Canadian earthquake source.

Savage Earth - amazing! A terrific series of animations, covers earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and more!

Our Restless Planet - large animation files, but well worth the download wait - fantastic! Most require the QuickTime plug-in.


Soil Erosion: Causes and Effects - lots of good information.


Digital Geologic Maps of the Planets - OK, a little out-of-this-world, but very interesting nonetheless. Part of the USGS Astrogeology Research Program.

Ask a Geologist - just how hard is this job? Ask them yourself!

Tour Canada from Space - LandSat images all over Canada.

USGS LandSat Project Image Gallery - you've never seen Earth like this. You may also want to try the gallery at

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing - lots to learn, especially at the Imagery & Sensors section.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Earth Science - a fantastic resource, make sure you check out the science pictures section.


Canadian Junior Rockhound - a great source for help in mineral identification. Also has excellent pages explaining igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

The Major Rock Types and How They Form - I think the title is very apt.

Rocks and Sediments - includes rock type identification tables.


Geologic Time Scale - a great chart with many imbedded links.

Web Geological Time Machine - see you in the precambrian!

Geologic Time - how is it measured?

The Praghian Age? - this page has a large, detailed geologic time scale available for download.

How Do Scientists Measure Earth Age? - three primary methods.

Dating Fossils - explains the basics of how scientists determine the age of fossils.

Horse Evolution - click the horse origin link to follow the interesting story.

Hyperlink Glossary of Trilobite Terms - way more than you want to know about trilobites!

Fossils, Rocks and Time - a good overview web publication that describes the basics of fossils and how they fit into Earth's history.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum - it would be great to visit the actual museum, but if you can't, come to the web site instead.

Fossils of Northern B.C. - would you like to help?


Mt. Etna Eruption - a vivid satellite image example of the usefulness of remote sensing.

Eruptions of Mount St. Helens: Past, Present, and Future - the ultimate Mt. St. Helens resource.

Volcanoes - Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions? - a wonderful site with several movies (QuickTime) that allow the visitor to experience volcanic eruptions. Has sections on melting rocks, dynamic Earth, hazards, forecasting, coping with risk - a must visit!

USGS Volcano Resources - the United States Geological Survey produces several outstanding publications that have been made available on the web, they are: Volcanoes, Monitoring Active Volcanoes, Volcanoes of the United States, Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes.

Volcano Observatories - get the very latest volcano information from sites arond the planet that monitor "hot zones" of volcanic activity - Cascades, Alaska, Hawaii, Space Science Engineering Center Satellite Images of active volcanoes.

Magma, Lava, Lava Flows, Lava Lakes, etc. - from the USGS, did they leave anything out?

Volcanoes and Volcanic Landforms - grab your QuickTime plug-in and head for this beautiful collection of virtual reality movies of Volcanoes! Visit the Lava Flow page too!

How Volcanoes Work - an excellent description of volcanoes and volcano types. Don't miss the simulation page!

Global Volcanism Program - a terrific resource that has volcanic activity reports, volcanoes of the world, and much more.

Volcano World - a childish interface, but still very useful - includes volcano of the week, ask a volcanologist, volcano adventures and more. Best feature? Current eruptions.

Pompeii: Unraveling Ancient Mysteries - a good page with animations and descriptions that uncover some of the mysteries of Pompeii.

Virtual Field Trip to Vesuvius - a vary famous eruption.

Virtual Reality Panoramas of Volcanoes - the best way to learn about volcanoes - visit them yourself! These beautiful QuickTime images are truly stunning. Keep a list of the volcanoes that you see - can you find more information on the Internet about any of the volcanoes you have noted? When was the last eruption? Is it dormant?

Savage Earth: Hell's Crust - a fantastic video, get ordering information here. This site has a great preview in QuickTime, and a very cool volcano animation.

Volcano Field Trip - a complete online volcano study! Take down the questions on the first page, then take the tour to find the answers!

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