Below are a few links to excellent Earth Science educational animations, video lectures, and other electronic resources for Educators.
Earth Science Animations
Animations from EarthScope partners to help teach Earth science:
- Earth Science Animations from IRIS contain text, graphics, animations, and videos to help teach Earth Science fundamentals. Topics include hazards, plate tectonics, Earth structure, earthquakes and volcanoes.
- Animations and videos from UNAVCO on topics such as GPS & earthquakes, earthquake early warning, measuring glacial ice loss
- Wave Visualizations - Animated ground movement of seismic waves. The visualizations show how the ground moves as seismic waves sweep across about 400 earthquake recording stations in EarthScope’s Transportable Array.
Earthquake and EarthScope Science Videos and Articles
- Recent GeoEvents from EarthScope - highlight recent Earth Science related events such as large or significant earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, meteor impacts, etc.. with explanations, maps, photos, and videos.
- These Earthquake Video Lectures from IRIS - are short-segment video lectures to give rudimentary background information on the Earth and plate tectonics to teach how earthquakes happen and how they are studied.
- Teachable Moments from IRIS – are presentations following a newsworthy earthquake to capture that unplanned opportunity to bring knowledge, insight, and critical thinking to the classroom.
- Science Snapshots from UNAVCO – are brief science, technology, and engineering summaries of science discoveries that use geodetic technologies, covering topics of solid earth, the cryosphere, environmental & hydrogeodesy, the ocean and atmosphere, human dimensions, and technology. Supports reading literacy of students.
- Highlights from UNAVCO – are short articles that feature examples of the engineering and instrumentation used for science research, including field work, outreach, new services, major community meetings, and event responses.
- Handouts on Earthquakes and Seismology –these one-page handouts are related to seismology for use in the classroom or public information forums and provide additional resources for earthquake lessons.
Exploring Earth Science Data
- Seismic Monitor from IRIS – This is a real-time monitor of earthquakes around the globe.
- IRIS Earthquake Browser - is an interactive map service for viewing Earthquake
- GPS Velocities Map from UNAVCO- This Google-Maps based viewer shows the motions of Earth's crust as GPS geodesy station velocities overlaid on maps of the Earth's tectonic plates, USA active faults, earthquake locations, and volcanoes.
Jules Verne Voyager, Jr. and EarthScope Voyager, Jr. - Jules Verne Voyager, Jr. (world focus) and EarthScope Voyager, Jr. (United States, EarthScope focus) are interactive map tools that enables students and scientists to better understand the relationships between geophysical and geological processes, plate motions as measured with high-precision GPS data., and other geological data.
GPS Spotlight - This site provides an overview on how GPS works, focusing on how GPS is used in the geosciences to explain how GPS is used to study faults, earthquakes, volcanoes, the atmosphere, and environmental signals. The Spotlight map provides real-world examples of GPS being used for geoscience research.
REV (Rapid Earthquake Viewer) – This gives you access to data from seismograph stations around the world. REV provides seismograms from global seismograph stations for every notable earthquake. Find seismograph stations in your area to track earthquakes.
PBO H2O Data Portal uses GPS reflection data from NSF's Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) to study the water cycle: Snow Depth, Vegetation, and Soil Moisture at locations around the United States.
Visible Earthquakes - A learning tool to model earthquakes with InSAR. This tool allows you to model real earthquakes that are measured through InSAR data. The whole process is interactive and the deformation models update in real-time.
SAFOD Core Viewer from EarthScope - Use this core viewer to see cores of rocks brought up from deep within the San Andreas fault Zone.
Earthquake Educational Software - to study earthquakes on your personal or work computer. Programs are available for PC, Macs and mobile devices.
The Birthquake webpage pulls from an earthquake database and displays all the earthquakes on a person's birth date, including their "birthquake" (the largest magnitude earthquake of the day). Note that many earthquakes that occurred around or before the year 1975 may not display, or often have unknown or estimated magnitudes. Better instrumentation in more recent years has improved this.
This activity designed by Sally McGill at CSUSB teaches students about tectonic plate motions using GPS data. Students will be able to: graph and analyze the position of a survey benchmark over time, interpret the rate and direction of motion of the underlying tectonic plate, determine the magnitude and velocity of the resultant horizontal velocity vector from its north and east components, and analyze the pattern of motion across the San Andreas fault as measured by GPS.