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Mount Washington Observatory (MWOBS)
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If you've ever spent time on the summit with me, I call all wind from 40-70 miles per hour "a bit breezy." With winds pushing the century mark, and gusts up to 109 mph, I think I will upgrade that to "blustery." But how windy is too windy? Enjoy this article of wind speeds on Mount Washington...

TED-Ed
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In a fun, excited talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the unverse's largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair Winner, we can learn quite a lot about our own world ad galaxy.

TED-Ed
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The atoms around you have existed for billions of years -- and most originated in the flaming, gaseous core of a star. Dennis Woldfogel tells the captivating tale of these atoms' long journey from the Big Bang to the molecules they form today.

Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, PBS LearningMedia
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Learn about the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 in this video adapted from the Valdez museum & Historical Archive. Hear a first-person account of the event, watch an animation that illustrates the subduction of the Pacific plate under the North American plate, and observe how Valdez was...

TED-Ed
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Energy is neither created nor destroyed -- and yet the global demand for it continues to increase. But where does energy come from, and where does it go? Joshua M. Sneiderman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the sun to our food chain to electricity and...

San Diego State University (SDSU)
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P, S, and surface wave animation.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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These 1-minute videos provide information on Pluto, including its moons, atmosphere, surface features, and scientific exploration.

National Geographic
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What are wildfires and how do they start? Learn how we can prevent destructive wildfires, and how we can manage wildfires to improve the health of forests.

The Show About Science
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Meet Nate, a curious kid and six-year old host of this podcast series brimming with interesting facts and information from scientists around the globe. When Nate's not working hard at school, he's busy interviewing scientists, punk rockers, his mom, and others about animals, medicine, and other...

TED-Ed
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Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven't we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity...

University of Troms, Norway (UiT)
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Find a variety of Flash animations, from minerals to weathering to structural geology, check out the animations on plate tectonics and there is now a new one, (see Mantle dynamics and plate tectonics) that explains how the use of seismic tomography sheds new light on the mantle convection model...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
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Subduction-zone megathrust earthquakes, the most powerful earthquakes in the world, can produce tsunamis through a variety of structures that are missed by simple models. These include fault boundary rupture, deformation of overlying plate, splay faults and landslides. In this animation we...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Calling all space-heads! NASA has launched a new playlist of videos on YouTube for Kids. Most appropriate for elementary and middle level students, the playlist features 33 intriguing, kid-friendly videos from NASA exploring topics such as our solar system's formation, the scale of the universe...

TED-Ed
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Deep underground lie stores of once-inaccessible natural gas. There's technology, called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," that can extract this natural gas, potentially powering us for decades to come. So how does fracking work and why is it a source of such heated controversy? Mia Nacamulli...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of Earth science and explains many of the major features of how our planet operates. It accounts for Earth's history including the distribution of life and past climate change.

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learningmedia
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This DragonflyTV segment follows the SciGirls as they discover how wetlands act as a filter, separating water from rocks, sand, leaves, and other pollutants. They explore biodiversity of three types of wetlands and learn about the plants and animals found in each ecosystem. Also available in...

Christopher Young
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The goal of this project was to develop a real-time integrated augmented reality system to physically create topography models which are then scanned into a computer in real time, and used as background for a variety of graphics effects and simulations. The final product is supposed to be self-...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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In Data Analysis and Measurement: Dancing in the Night Sky, students will learn about the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. They will learn the many legends and myths that have revolved around the aurora throughout the history of mankind. Students will also discover how NASA scientists and...

TED-Ed
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How could you dispose of your cooking oil when you're done cooking? The easiest thing to do might be to pour it down your drain -- but if you save it up and send it to a processing plant, it can gain useful new life as biodiesel, a biodegradable energy source which can run in diesen engines...

Fred Espenak, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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This movie is of the 1994 solar eclipse. It was taken by Fred Espenak of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

Dominic Muller
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This is the Curiosity Mars Rover descent footage interpolated from about 4 frames per second to 25 frames per second. It is playing back in real time.

USArray
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Seismic wavefield and tomography animations. Includes teachable moments, animations, and ground motion visualizations (GMVs). 

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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"The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements" is a multimedia project about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what the world is made of – to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. In a nutshell...

National Geographic
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What are gravitational waves and how are they detected? These ripples in space-time, sometimes caused by neutron stars colliding, were recently recorded in the groundbreaking LIGO-Virgo observation.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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Do you know how fast a wildfire moves? The damage it can cause? What you can do to make yourself safer? Find the answers to these and other questions by taking a virtual field trip to the scene of a wildfire. This three-part video series and accompanying lesson plans for students in grades 6-12...

TED-Ed
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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...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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An animated storybook explains why people have explored since the beginning of time.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
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In this animation, we are shoeing an ocean/continent convergent boundary at the leading edge of the plate. We see the denser oceanic plate diving beneath the continental plate. The down-going oceanic plate eventually warms up to the temperature of the surrounding mantle. Such destruction (...

BBC
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This animated guide to earthquakes takes visitor through the workings of the Earth, from mantel and core movements to earthquake movement.

TED-Ed
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Our ability to mine great amounts of energy from uranium nuclei has led to bill nuclear power as a plentiful, utopian source of electricity. But rather than dominate the global electricity market, nuclear power has declined from a high of 18% in 1996 to 11% today. What happened to the great...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Do you know a child who likes puzzles? Check out the Put It Together game to solve puzzles of NASA images. Choose from four different levels of difficulty.

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
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This DragonflyTV segment demonstrates how infrared imaging helps us to understand the Martian landscape, and how to use an infrared camera to find groundwater.

HugeFloods.com
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Geology videos from the great state of Washington!  ‘2 Minute Geology’ videos - plus longer videos devoted to Seattle, the Columbia River Gorge, and more.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Short interactive explaining the greenhouse effect and global warming

My Weird Universe
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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.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
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QuickTime animations from computer models of earthquakes.

TED-Ed
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The shape, contents and future of the universe are all intricately related. We know that it's mostly flat; we know that it's made up of baryonic matter (like stars and planets), but mostly dark matter and dark energy; and we know that it's expanding constantly, so that all stars will eventually...

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
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Get caught up in the podcasting frenzy, but in a sciencey way! You can now have the latest ABC Science Online and Radio National science shows to download at your leisure or to have magically delivered when you subscribe via RSS feed.

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDANRCS)
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These videos showcase conservation success stories and tips from across the nation. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America's farmers and ranchers conserve the nation's soil, water, air, and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions...

West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey (WVGES)
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Here you will find eight videos and animations on: relative age dating, faults, seneca rocks, sandstone, acid test and trackways.

Chemstem.com
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ChemSTEM gives links to videos on many chemistry topics, such as atomic structure, isotopes, and reactions. There are also videos with chemistry problems for students to solve. 

National Geographic
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What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.

National Geographic
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Of the many ways Earth is polluted, light pollution may be the least talked about. It's not an illusion; astronomers measure it from one to nine on the Bortle scale, and earlier this year, one study suggested that light pollution may be causing spring to come earlier. This short film, shot...

HINT.FM
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An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us, energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. Zoom into your location

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
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Oblique view of a highly generalized animation of a subduction zone where an oceanic plate is subducting beneath a continental plate. This scenario can happen repeatedly on a 100-500 year cycle. The process which produces a mega-thrust earthquake would generate a tsunami (not depicted here).

Educational Multimedia Visualization Center
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The animation clips and other geo-educational items described below, are available for viewing, including: global tectonics; ice age Earth and sea level changes; regional plate tectonics, global view; NE Pacific and W North America: plate tectonic and geologic histories; geologic history of the...

TED-Ed
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North America didn't always have its familiar shape, nor its famed mountains, canyons, and plains: all of that was once contained in an unrecognizable mass, buried deep in Rodinia, a huge supercontinent that lay on the surface of the Earth. Peter J. Haproff explains how it took millions of years...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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African rift valleys were formed by the separation of tectonic plates. Water flows down to the valley floors, creating rivers and lakes.

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
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This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls as they set out to learn all about thermal basins at Yellowstone National Park. They learn why geysers ovvur in certain thermal basins, and how the underground structure of a geyser causes a buildup of pressure.

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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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