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Internet Resources for the Geosciences (Geosciences Library)



This is a selection of Internet resources related to the Geosciences. It will grow and evolve as time allows. Please continue to check back. Feel free to suggest your favorite geoscience web site.


General & Reference

Guide to Geoscience Careers and Employers - This site from the American Geological Institute contains information on geoscience careers and employers.


Earth Observatory - This site from NASA provides freely-accessible current satellite imagery and scientific information about the Earth.


National Geologic Maps Database - This site from the U.S. Geological Survey can be used to search for geologic maps and geology-related GIS data for any place in the United States.

Earth Science Societies - from the Scholarly Societies Project, University of Waterloo Library.


State Geological Surveys - from the Association of American State Geologists.

Directories

Guide to Geoscience Departments - This site from the American Geological Institute provides links to geoscience departments in public and private universities in the United States and Canada.

Economic Geology

Langer, William H. & Glanzman, V. M., 1993. Natural Aggregate: Building America's Future. USGS Circular 1110. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. - a publication containing information on the distribution and characteristics of aggregate and their economic implications.


Langer, William H., 1988. Natural Aggregates of the Conterminous United States. USGS Bulletin 1594. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. - This report discusses the aggregate industry, including exploration, mining, processing, and production.


U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration. EIA: Official Energy Statistics from the U. S. Government - Petroleum, Natural Gas, Electricity, Coal, Nuclear energy, Renewable & Alternative Fuels, International energy information, forecasts & analyses, state & historical U.S. data, energy use in homes, buildings & industry, environmental information and energy information for children.


U.S. Department of Energy. EIA - Energy Data and Analysis Publications, Reports, Articles, and Brochures - a source of energy-related publications on fuels for energy production, energy consumption and forecasts for the United States and foreign countries.


U.S. Geological Survey. Dimension Stone: Statistics and Information - this site contains links to publications and statistical resources on dimension stone, which is quarried and used in commercial and residential buildings.


U.S. Geological Survey. Minerals Yearbook - an annual publication containing information and statistics on U.S. and foreign mineral and material industries. It includes information on 90 different commodities and over 175 countries.


U.S. Geological Survey. Natural Aggregates - this site contains links to publications, statistical resources and directories of aggregate producers in the United States.


U.S. Geological Survey. National Coal Resource Assessment - this report identifies, evaluates and assesses the coal resources in the United States.


U.S. Geological Survey. World Petroleum Assessment 2000: Description and Results - this report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates oil, gas, and natural gas resources outside of the United States.

Education

DLESE: Digital Library for Earth System Education - a site that provides information on education resources in Earth sciences, including links to lesson plans, maps, data sets and images and support resources for people using DLESE resources.

Geologic Maps

The North American Tapestry of Time and Terrain - a geologic map of North America superimposed on a shaded relief image. This map contains information on the relief, rock types and geologic age of rocks in North America.


National Geologic Maps Database - This index developed by the U.S. Geological Survey can be used to search for geologic maps and geology-related GIS data for any place in the United States.

Geologic Time

Geologic Time Scale - a link to the Geological Society of America's Geologic Time Scale.


A new Geologic Time Scale, with special reference to Precambrian and Neogene - Article on the new (2004) Geologic Time Scale from Episodes: Journal of International Geoscience v. 27, no. 2. Includes a color plate of the new time scale.


U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Names Committee, 2007. Divisions of geologic time—Major chronostratigraphic and geochronologic units. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007-3015 - This Fact Sheet from the USGS provides information on the geologic time scale prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey and Association of American State Geologists.


Geophysics


USGS National Geomagnetism Program - Data and other resources related to the Earth's magnetic field provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.


National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) - This NOAA site provides geophysical data describing the solid earth, marine, and solar-terrestrial environment, as well as earth observations from space.


Marine Geology & Oceanography


National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) - The NODC is an organization within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that provides access to oceanographic data that provides a historical record of the Earth's changing environment.


WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator - a site prepared by the NOAA Library that provides links scientific and policy resources related to oceanography and atmospheric science.


Marine Realms Information Bank - this site from the U.S. Geological Survey provides access to free scientific information about oceans, coasts, and coastal watersheds.

Mineralogy

Mineralogy Database - a site with information about more than 4000 minerals, that includes descriptions as well as links to images library.


Paleontology

The Paleontology Portal - a site for anyone interested in paleontology cooperatively developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, The Paleontological Society, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and United States Geological Survey.

Photographs & Images

American Geological Institute. Earth Science World Image Bank - a site with over 6000 geoscience images for use by the public, educators, and the geoscience community.


United States Geological Survey, EROS Data Center. EROS Image Gallery Collections - this site is a special collection of images that provides a record of historic events as well as beautiful sights and images that stir the imagination


NASA Image Exchange (NIX) - a web-based search engine that can be used to search online multimedia collections available from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


NOAA Photo Library - this site contains links to images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to oceanography, weather and exploration for many areas of the World including esturaries, the polar regions and coral reefs.


USGS Earth Science Photographic Library Archive - a site containing links to images of over 30,000 photographs that document the geology and history of the United States and the history of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Planetary Geology

Phillips, Tony. SpaceWeather.com - this site provides news and information about the Sun-Earth Environment, including space weather, aurora alerts, comets, sunspots and near-earth asteroids.


Astrogeology Research Program - The USGS Astrogeology Research Program studies and maps extraterrestrial bodies, plans and conducts planetary exploration missions, and explores and develops new technologies to process, analyze, archive and distribute data.


Wilhelms, Don E., 1987. The Geologic History of the Moon. USGS Professional Paper 1348. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. - provides a summary of the geology of the Moon based on the results of Apollo (U.S.) and Luna (Soviet) programs.

Regional Geology

Geoscience Information Society. Geologic Guidebooks of North America Database - this index contains citations to and information about geologic field trip guidebooks available for North America.


USGS Geology in the National Parks - this site, a collaborative effort by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service, provides information on the geology of many U.S. national parks.

Stratigraphy

North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature and American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1983. North American Stratigraphic Code - a document outlining procedures on the classification and naming of stratigraphic units.


Geologic Names Lexicon: GEOLEX - an index to information about named geologic units in the United States prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Structural Geology & Tectonics

Kios, W. Jacquelyne and Tilling, Robert I., 1996. This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office - this links to the online edition of a booklet published by the U.S. Geological Survey that gives a brief introduction to and history of the concept of plate tectonics.


Simkin, Tom and others, 2006. This Dynamic Planet: World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Impact Craters and Plate Tectonics. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office - this map from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution shows plate boundaries, earthquake and volcano distribution and the locations of meteorite impacts. Information on the verso explains plate tectonics.


Scotese, Christopher R. PALEOMAP Project - a web site that animates plate motion during the last 1.1 billion years.



Smith College, Department of Geology. Structural Geology on the Web - a site with links to resources related to structural geology and tectonics.


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program - this site from the U.S. Geological Survey provides information about earthquakes, including the magnitude and location of recent earthquakes and data about historical earthquakes.

Water Resources

Ground Water Atlas of the United States - the Ground Water Atlas, produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides information on major aquifer systems in the United States.

Weather, Climate & Paleoclimatology

Hurricanes - a site from the National Oceainic and Atmospheric Administration that provides information on and predictions of hurricanes.


National Climatic Data Center Home Page - an online archive to weather and climate data from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


NOAA Weather - a site describing NOAA's weather programs with links to weather-specific information.


NOAA Paleoclimatology - a site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that provides data and information on natural climate variability that can be used to predict future climate change.



last updated: 11/21/2008