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EarthScope and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Data Sets

EarthScope is a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that deploys thousands of seismic, GPS, and other geophysical instruments to study the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It involves...

NASA Earth Observatory
Resource Type: Image Collections

Time series photos and information on life reclaiming Mt. St. Helens. You can see how vegetation and streams have been modifying the landscape after its 1980 eruption.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Image Collections

Kilauea photos. USGS-HVO photos and videos are in the public domain and can be freely downloaded from the HVO website. Please credit "U.S. Geological Survey" for any imagery used.

UNAVCO
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

USE this interactive map to see velocity vectors of North American plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.

Smithsonian National museum of Natural History - Global Volcanism Program
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The "Eruptions, Earthquakes, and Emissions" web application (or "E3") is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shoes volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 - the first year satellites were available to provide global...

Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This website provides current news, eruption updates, teaching and learning tools, images, and general volcanic information.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The surface of the Earth is always changing. Some changes like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and landslides happen quickly and other changes, such as most erosional processes, happen slowly over time. It's often hard to see these changes from ground level. A much broader view is needed, and...

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This short article details 5 different volcanoes and how they've changed over the past 30 years. Using Google Earth Timelapse technology, students can see changes in Montserrat, Santiaguito, Kilauea, Mt. St. Helens, and Mount Pinatubo from 1984 to 2016. Each interactive map features zoom...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Our Earth is a dynamic planet, as clearly illustrated on the main map by its topography, over 1,500 volcanoes, 44,000 earthquakes, and 170 impact craters. These features largely reflect the movements of Earth’s major tectonic plates and many smaller plates or fragments of plates (including...

VolcanoDiscovery
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Get up-to-date data on active volcanoes and earthquakes around the world with this interactive map.

PetaPixel
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This video shows a GoPro camera entrapped by slow-moving lava, but it survives!

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

From the PBS series, `Savage Earth,` find a variety of Flash animations dealing with earthquakes, volcanism, and tsunamis.

University of Illinois extension
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers are all powerful forces that work to reshape our wornd. These forces have changed the world dramatically and are even wat work today. You can explore this website to learnthe amazing science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. Along the exploration,...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a series of chemical reactions related to rock weathering.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

For those who live on or near mountains, a change of climate can be just a short walk away. That's because mountains create their own microclimates: areas in which the climate differs from the prevailing climate. See how the movement of air creates different microclimates on a mountain

National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Institution
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

View videos on media coverage of volcanological events with significant contributions from Smithsonian staff.

Melbourne Museum
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

One incredible animation. By the end of 25 August, the landscape around Mount Vesuvius had been changed forever. Vesuvius was a crater. The river and the port were gone. Pompeii had been completely buried. Within a few years no one could remember where the city had once stood.

My Weird Universe
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano located near the city of Naples, Italy. This volcano is most famous for its eruption in 79 AD and proves to be great danger to the city of Naples, which has over 3 million inhabitants.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

These animations were produced for the Smithsonian Institution's HoloGlobe Exhibit which opened to the public on August 10, 1996 at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The various data sets show progressive global change mapped onto a rotating globe and projected into space to...

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Every minute of every day, the face of Earth changes - sometimes right before our eyes. Go inside tectonic events, watching earthquakes rumble, volcanoes explode, and land transformed. This is episode 2 of the 4-part series Faces of Earth.

GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This video describes the features geologists use to classify common types of volcanoes. We compare and contrast the features of two types of large volcanoes - shield volcanoes and composite volcanoes. One of these types produces structures that can be larger than Mount Everest while the other...

GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

In this video we will describe the most common types of volcanic hazards associated with a volcanic eruption. We begin by considering the threat of an eruption from a Cascade Range volcano for citizens of Portland and Seattle. These are examples of composite volcanoes. Eruptions of these types...

GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This video describes the principle control on the violence of volcanic eruptions. We define the term viscosity and show examples of everyday materials with different viscosity. Next we are splattered with soda and milkshake to illustrate how gases can drive volcanic eruptions (the sacrifices we...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

In 1816, Europe and North America were plagued by heavy rains, odd-colored snow, famines, strange fogs and very cold weather well into June. Though many people believed it to be the apocalypse, this "year without a summer" was actually the result of a supervolcano eruption that happened one year...

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls as they explore how plants grow back after being wiped out by lava flows at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They also learn to differentiate between pahoehoe and 'a'a lava flows.

Great Big Story
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Ingo Sonder and Andrew Harp are two guys in upstate New York who make incredibly dangerous and risky explosions. Don't worry! It's for science. They're researchers at the University of Buffalo's Center or Geohazards Studies, and their work focuses on large-scale disasters like volcanic eruptions...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The video briefly recounts the eruptive history of Halema'uma'u and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake. It features USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists sharing their insights on the summit eruption -- how they monitor the lava lake, how...

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Bill Nye talks about volcanoes. Season 4 Episode 14.

UNAVCO, Inc.
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

UNAVCO has a number of hands-on demonstrations to use at informal and formal group events like school visits, museum presentations, science days, or farmers markets. This video shows a demonstration illustrating how scientists use geodesy to measure the inflation and deflation of a volcano, and...

UNAVCO, Inc.
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

We used the UC Davis augmented reality sandbox design to make a deforming volcano with a simple hand pump, tube, and balloon. The result? An inflating and deflating volcano and the formation of a crater lake. Add a few GPS/GNSS instruments made from toothpicks and gumdrops and some bullet-level...

National Geographic
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Volcanoes are as dangerous as they are majestic. Over 50 eruptions rock our planet every year. This video helps you understand what causes volcanoes to form and erupt -- and shows where they are most likely to be found.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Virtual Field Trips

This geonarrative highlights six volcanoes in the western United States: Yellowstone, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Medicine Lake, Lassen Peak, and Mammoth Mountain. Each volcano has been studied extensively, and the resulting geologic maps are the products of years of field mapping and laboratory...

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Hunter's Moon during a Lunar Eclipse
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European Space Agency (ESA)

What is a lunar eclipse? What is a solar eclipse? This short video explains the difference between these regularly occurring events that can be observed from Earth.

Coral fish and diver
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ocean Today

This video talks about ocean acidification and some of its causes.

Saturn images taken from Hubble
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Skunk Bear, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Feast your eyes on icy volcanoes, ethane lakes, and ripples in Saturn's rings -- all courtesy of a doomed space probe named Cassini.

Horsehead Nebula, Bernard 33
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geobeats, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Here are 10 remarkable images captured by NASA's Cassini Mission.

New York City and the East River in 1960
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Light Pollution Map

This interactive map shows light pollution across the world.

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