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National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
Resource Type: Career Information

Groundwater job opportunities

CareerOneStop
Resource Type: Career Information

CareerOneStop occupation profile for a Hydrologist. View information on this career such as: education, workforce, skills, daily activities, and more.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
CareerOneStop
Resource Type: Career Information

CareerOneStop occupation profile for a Soil and Water Conservationist. View information on this career such as: education, workforce, skills, daily activities, and more.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the amount of general seismic risk that exists for urban areas within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity includes a poster illustrating a story of two children exploring a cave, as well as a guide for exploring caves. The guide features cave diagrams, cave creation, and where to look for caves.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), Earth Science Week (ESW),American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock’s pores, or empty spaces, as...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10
United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground "rivers," but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about 38...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Instructions and layout of a Karst Topography paper Model are listed.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The guide facilitates instruction for teachers, allows easy access to information on environmental issues surrounding the watershed, and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We usually think of caves forming as rocks are dissolved and the particles are washed away, leaving hollow spaces behind. This activity simulates the way that dissolution, a chemical weathering process, leads to the formation of caves. When precipitation such as rainwater or snowmelt mixes with...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This investigation will help you to learn that different geologic materials have different characteristics. Why is this important? When a road or building is constructed, the underlying substance could have an effect on the structure's stability. Different soils, for instance, can pose different...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Groundwater is contained in the zone of saturation below the land surface. The top of this zone is known as the water table. People can tap into this source of water by drilling wells. The depth of the well and level of the water table greatly influences the wells productivity. In this activity...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity will help you to understand some of the factors that petroleum geologists need to consider when deciding where to recommend drilling for oil. Since people use petroleum products for energy and as source materials for petrochemicals, it is important as citizen scientists to...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Project Underground, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sinkholes are natural depressions in the land caused when limestone and soils dissolve. They form when groundwater removes rock underground. They can form by slow gradual sinking or by sudden collapse of an underlying hole. Sinkholes are common in about one quarter of the U.S. You can usually...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
National Geographic Xpeditions, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Crucial to our existence, water sustains all life on Earth. Following the old adage, "What goes around comes around," water moves continuously through the stages of the hydrologic cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation). How does our drinking water fit into this hydrologic cycle?...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You will create a model of a watershed with paper. By observing how surface water flow is determined by the shape of the land, you will visually and dramatically observe the physical characteristics of a watershed, and investigate the impacts of human land use decisions.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is designed to give you practice using a geologic map to understand how awter shapes the land - nad is stored within the land - in part of the Grand Canyon.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Wikiwatershed.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive program models watersheds in a variety of places and weather situations.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GeoBlox
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

An oasis forms when precipitation falling in the recharge zone seeps into the ground where porous and permeable rocks are found at the surface. This groundwater may travel many miles through the aquifer and resurface where the porous layer is exposed. When this occurs in a desert region an oasis...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GeoBlox
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Jones Spring is located in the bed of the intermittent stream Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek is also a disappearing stream. Water flows down along the Hensell Sand Member in the bed of Walnut Creek until it reaches the contact with the Cow Creek Limestone. This limestone is a coquina that formed...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Pollution, both macroscopic and microscopic, is an important environmental issue for aquatic ecosystems. For this lab, students will model how nanoparticle pollution travels from land to water.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Posters on coastal hazards, watersheds, hazardous waste, wetlands, water use, wastewater, navigation, groundwater, and water quality. The posters, depicted in cartoon format, are available in full color or black and white JPEG files. They are separated into posters for elementary students (K-5)...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The USGS provides information on water systems, such as water basics, flooding, coasts, and other topics.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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