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UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Kevin Petty, Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Vaisala, producers of meteorological instrumentation.

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Animated .gif shows Sun's path across the Arctic Summer sky. The sun does not set.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
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The Clean Water Act turns 40 in October 2012. The Landmark Legislation was a fundamental turning point in the protection of all fresh water in the United States. The laws' stated goal was to make all water fishable and swimmable. The law is the source of all modern day water protection and led...

Great Big Story, The Weather Channel
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For more than 50 years, Baltazar Ushca Tenesaca has been ascending Ecuador's tallest mountain to harvest glacial ice. At one time, there were 40 or so ice merchants who made the daily trek up the active volcano. but now, only Ushca continues this 500-year-old tradition. And while the deman for...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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"Mars in a Minute" is a series of 60-second, animated videos for students of all ages that teaches key concepts about Mars and missions to the Red Planet.

Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
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A series of animations which show the way that seismic shear waves propagate through the mantle of the Earth from an earthquake. A series of animations is represented here, which show the way that seismic waves propogate through the mantle of the earth from an earthquake. Because of the...

University of Illinois extension
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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,...

TED-Ed
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While the Earth's oceans are known as five separte entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth's grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Over the past twenty years, NOAA has developed DART: a real-time monitoring system that provides data for forecasting tsunamis. The DART systems have been deployed in earthquake prone areas throughout the ocean, including the Pacific and Indian basins. A DART system combines a surface buoy and a...

MinuteEarth
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Why does the Earth have deserts? For the same reason it has rainforests -- Hadley Cells! Watch this video to see how Hadley cells create rainforests and desets on Earth.

Neave Planetarium
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Interactive star map and virtual sky, click and browse the sky. Any date and time can be chosen to see what the sky looked like then. 

National Geographic
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Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has been a source of intrigue throughout human history. Recent NASA exploratory expeditions revealed some of the planet's biggest mysteries. This video explains what makes Mars so different fro mEarth and what would happen if humans lived there.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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This is a film in which stargazers try to describe an ineffable experience, and invite vewers to share their wordless awe.

TED-Ed
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One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water -- but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you'll notice the big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? Marusa Bradac sheds ligt on the secret life of snowflakes.

University of Milan (UNIMI)
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View a simulation of the visible spectrum is displayed under the curve, corresponding to 400 nm (blue), 500 nm (green), and 650 nm (red) values. The colored circles on the left represent the percent of each color present and a simulation of the total color of the object.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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Follow along with host Kirk Johnson as he explores the layers of rock that make up the Grand Canyon, in this video from NOVA: Making North America: Origins. Many geologists think that the Grand Canyon is the best place in the world. Its exposed rock layers allow them to see hundreds of millions...

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Annie Zaino, a polar field engineer at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado.

Top Documentary Films
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Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water. Both...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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This collection of short video clips are the "next best thing to an actual trip to an estuary" field trip. Use these video clips to learn more about our nation's beautiful estuaries!

National Geographic
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NASA has used data from a new satellite to track CO2 as it spreads through the atmosphere—with results both trippy and profound.

Anthony Feig
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Franklin Mountains cloud time-lapse. See how adiabatic warming impacts cloud evaporation.

Wiley Science
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With this animation you can see soil develop right before your eyes. Watch the organic matter cover the soil surface and become the organic horizon. Below that horizon are several others which have specific characteristics. Learn what comprises each horizon and how it interacts with the other...

TED-Ed
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It's been a long road to the discovery that Earth is not the center of the Solar System, the Milky Way, or the universe; great thinker from Aristotle to Bruno have grappled with it for millenia. But if we aren't at the center of the universe, what is? Marjee Chmiel and Trevor Owens discuss where...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Don’t you think it’s time we all have an honest trash talk? Ocean Today, in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, presents Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK, a 15-minute special feature on marine debris for World Ocean Day. It is specially designed to be part of your World Ocean...

Gazdonian Productions
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So much is said about technology in education these days: iPads, laptops, apps, flipped classrooms, etc., but in our eyes the main benefit of technology is that it enables teachers to bring the real world into the classroom. And videos are a great way to do that. Ass to that all the great...

McGraw-Hill
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McGraw-Hill is proud to bring you an assortment of outstanding Interactives like no other. These Interactives offer a fresh and dynamic method to teach the astronomy basics. Each Interactive will allow students to manipulate parameters and gain a better understanding of topics such as Blackbody...

National Geographic
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Tornadoes, nearly three-quarters of which occur within the US, are unpredictable and can cause massive damage. New tools and data are helping scientists learn more about when they might form and what paths they might take.

LittleThings
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In May 2010, YouTube user "beatlesfanxxl" uploaded a jaw-dropping moment that went viral with nearly seven million views. It was late spring in Oklahoma City, and he and his family were watching a nasty storm pass through. You can only imagine their shock and horror when suddenly the dark,...

TED-Ed
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Suppose you placed a camera at a fixed position, took a picture of the sky at the same time every day for an entire year, and overlaid all of the photos on top of each other. What would th esun look like in that combined mage? A stationary dot? A circular path? Neither. Oddly enough, it makes a...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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These satellite maps show different observations made of the Earth under the theme of land, ocean, water, energy, and life. NASA's Blue Marble: Next Generation images show Earth in true color. The images show how the surface would look to a human in space if our world had no clouds and no...

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth,...

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Alejandro Soto, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder Colorado. This video has Spanish and english subtitles.

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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Animations about our planet, Earth. Part I: Our Island in Space, Part II: Earth Materials, Part III: Tectonic Activity of a Dynamic Planet, Part IV: History Before History, Part V: Earth Resources, and Part VI: Processes and problems at the Earth's Surface.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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The animation archived on this page shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Until the end of 2013, the initial Dial-A-Moon image will be the frame from this animation for the current hour...

Josh Worth
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A tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. Scroll across the screen to see the true scale of the universe.

PF Pictures
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"Disruption" is an inspiring hour-long documentary film about climate change -- the science, the politics, and the movement. Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction. The exploration lays bare the...

Wimp.com
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From his office window in downtown Buffalo, New York, attorney Alfonzo Cutaia captures this cloud formation above Lake Erie. With nearly five feet of snow pummeling the Buffalo area, this impressive timelapse shows the ominous power of the elements.

W. W. Norton and Company
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Solar system formation animation.

TED-Ed
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What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Flow: Currents and climate introduces viewers to oceanic thermohaline circulation -- the system of global ocean currents that cycle warm and cold water across the planet. This marine conveyor belt is a key mechanism in the complex exchange of energy between the oceans and the atmosphere,...

Frank Gregorio
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This HD dramatic video choreographed to powerful music introduces the viewer/student to the wonders of Astronomy. It is designed as a "trailer" to be shown to classrooms by Earth science and astronomy teachers in high school and college as a visual "introduction" to the magic of the cosmos.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Check out the Let's Fly Away activity. Children can interact online with an aircraft-covered dodecahedron. Or, print out the activity pages to learn about 12 different aircraft and build their own 3-D dodecahedron!

PBS Eons
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Join hosts Hank Green, Kallie Moore, and Blake de Pastino as they take you on a journey through the history of life on Earth. from the dawn of life in the Archaean Eon through the Mesozoic Era -- the so-called "Age of Dinosaurs" -- right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age.

Cable News Network (CNN)
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New techniques may help create rain. "Cloud-seeding" involves flying into clouds and spraying salt. This article and video explain how cloud-seeding takes place.

TED-Ed
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The study of clouds has always been a daydreamer’s science, aptly founded by a thoughtful young man whose favorite activity was staring out of the window at the sky. Richard Hamblyn tells the history of Luke Howard, the man who classified the clouds and forever changed humanity’s understanding...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future? Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Archive of videos from NASA

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Laura Snider, a science writer at the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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For a few minutes on August 21, the sun will disappear behind the moon in a total solar eclipse visible from a streak of locations across the United States. Now, for those who cannot view the eclipse from its "path of totality," or even for those who just want to preview the live event, NOAA has...

PhET
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Add different salts to water, then watch them dissolve and achieve a dynamic equilibrium with solid precipitate. Compare the number of ions in solution for highly soluble NaCl to other slightly soluble salts. Relate the charges on ions to the number of ions in the formula of a salt. Calculate...

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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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