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A Stone Wall -
In 1948, the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology--NIST) constructed a 4-meter-high by 12-meter-long outdoor wall in Washington, DC to answer questions concerning the durability of common American building stones used in monuments and commercial and government buildings. The wall has 2300 stones most of which have come from samples collected and displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. For comparative purposes, there are unexposed specimens of the same stones in storage. The wall was moved (32-metric tons) to Gaithersburg, MD in 1977. Now, with an online site you can visit the wall: It includes a growing database on the individual stones it holds and eventually will include detailed petrologic studies relating each stone's mineralogical and texture attributes to is weathering and durability performance and pictures of well-known buildings constructed with specific stones will be available.
Career Guide for Atmospheric Sciences -
The Career Guide for Atmospheric Sciences comprises the educational requirements, career opportunities, scholarships, universities, job market, and more. The guide can be obtained by writing to the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-3693, or it can be downloaded from the Web site.
Determining and Measuring Earth's Layered Interior - Online Student Exploration -

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has developed an online lab in which students use seismic data to understand the structure of the earth's interior.

Earth and Sky -
Earth@Home -

Earth@Home is your free online toolkit for learning about Earth and its 4.5-billion-year history. 

Earthguide -
Earthguide is an educational website with a focus on earth, environmental, and oceanographic sciences, and global change.
EnviroAtlas -

EnviroAtlas provides geospatial data, easy-to-use tools, and other resources related to ecosystem services, their chemical and non-chemical stressors, and human health. EnviroAtlas has ready-made lesson plans for every grade level, from kindergarten through undergraduate.  

Healthy Soils Are Full of Life! -
Educators guide and free educational materials.
Infiniscope -

Infiniscope is a NASA-funded project out of Arizona State University's Center for Education Through eXploration. We develop digital learning experiences you can fold right into your in-person or online classroom that are inquiry-based,  NGSS-aligned, and designed for active learning.

Issues in Earth Science -
This website is dedicated to raising awareness of the science of our world and our place in it. It provides essays, challenges, a forum for discussion, and fictional stories related to the Earth and Space Sciences.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -
Free educational resources are available for teachers of Minnesota geology from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minerals Division. Details of the publications and how to order them are given on their Web site; check under Minerals, and Publications and Educational Materials
Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association -

The Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) is a group of  teachers who are passionate about Earth Science Education. 

Minnesota Watershed Health Assessment Framework -

The Watershed Health Assessment Framework (WHAF) provides an organized approach for understanding natural resource conditions and challenges, and for identifying opportunities to improve the health and resilience of Minnesota’s watersheds. The interactive map is especially useful.

 Read more about the WHAF.


NOAA Sea to Sky: Education resource database -

searchable database of education resources created by NOAA and our partners

USGS Educational Resources -

Tap into over 140 years of USGS research in the natural sciences with lesson plans, activities, maps, podcasts, lectures, videos, animations, and more.

USGS Water Science School -

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proud to announce a revised Web-based water-science education tool, The USGS Water Science School, where students (of any age) and adults (of any age) can learn all about water, from what it is, to where and how much there is, to the most in-depth discussions of the natural water cycle anywhere.

Water Cycle Diagrams -

Learn more about where water is on Earth and how it moves using one of the USGS water cycle diagrams. We offer downloadable and interactive versions of the water cycle diagram for elementary students and beyond. Our diagrams are also available in multiple languages. Explore our diagrams.

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