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General Science Links

  • National Geographic's Special Issue on Water
  • The Enduring Resources for Earth Sciences Education site is a database of materials for teaching earth science concepts. Created by teachers and earth scientists, the database includes maps, documents, and other resources for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, oceans, plate tectonics, hyrdrothermal systems, earth's magnetic field, geological time, and more. (National Science Foundation)
  • The Ocean Service Education site provides online tutorials on corals, currents, estuaries, geodesy (global positioning), pollution, and tides; case studies on an oil spill and an invasive species (Lionfish); two mysteries for young students (grades 3-5) to solve; and dozens of lesson plans on climate change, coral reefs, currents, ecosystems, estuaries, global positioning, habitat management, marine sanctuaries, navigation, ocean exploration, pollution, tides, and more. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • The Science Bulletins site provides visualizations and stories of recent developments in earth science, climate change, biodiversity, human biology, evolution, and astrophysics. See visualizations for learning about sea ice changes, coral reefs, desertification in Africa, origins of our moon, Mars, invasive species, undomesticated horses, human imagination, our genes and geography, cancer's evolutionary tree, facial expressions, a "wiring diagram" of the brain, human longevity, and more. (Multiple Agencies)
  • The Science of Spectroscopy site features a wiki-based effort to tell the story of spectroscopy -- the use of light to study matter. Find answers to questions about the basic theory of light, energy, and the electromagnetic spectrum. What is light? How is it created? How does it affect matter? What is energy? Learn about everyday applications of spectroscopy, including CAT scans, Mars exploration, MRIs, microwaves, sunscreen chemistry, the chemistry of vision, uses of lasers, and more. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)



Oceanic Dead Zones






Water Quality, Availability, and Safety



General Water Resources and Information

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USA Water Issues

United Nations (UN)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Cyber School Bus

Hesperian Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme: 2005

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

World Water Week: 2008

World Health Organization (WHO)

Environmental Literacy Council

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Merriam Webster Virtual Dictionary Online

News Sources

Academic Articles