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VolcanoDiscovery
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

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

Aaron Priest Photography
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

An incredible panoramic picture of the night sky. What makes this picture so unique in addition to the musical score, and the awesome imagery of the Maine sea coast, is what the picture shows. This particular one is a time-exposure picture that shows star trails for the entire sky, let me repeat...

National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This map allows students to view a wide variety of weather data across the world. Different parameters can be selected individually or in combinations to analyze the behavior of the atmosphere. In addition, a specific parameter can be studied over a time period. Each parameter is shown as a...

Educational Technology Clearinghouse (ETC), Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Welcome to ETC's collection of historic maps. Here you will find over 5,000 maps representing many different time periods. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 25 maps in non-commercial school projects without further permission. All maps are available as GIF or JPEG...

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This site allows students to access information about their local soils. Students can see how healthy their soil is, and what that land is useful for (urban development, wetland conservation, waste management sites, forested area, etc). Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information...

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Check out this BBC article to get a visual on how global warming has increased throughout the years, and learn more about what needs to be done to slow the process.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), IDV Solutions
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Here's a view looking at one year of seasonal transformations on Earth. Made possible by the NASA Visible Earth team.

InMeteo, Marek Mojzik, Martin Prantl
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The Ventusky Web application has been developed to focus on weather prediction and meteorological data visualization. This application clearly displays meteorological data from around the world and allows you to monitor weather development for any place on Earth.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public. We share our time and telescopes to provide you with unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms,...

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

AIRNow is a cross-agency government website that provides information about air quality across the US.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

3D visualizations presented via hard copy, computer, and immersive environments. This program combines NASA mission data with 3D technologies in grades 5 and 6. Students become "explorers" while working in five units. A project goal is for students to understand Earth System science topics and...

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

View the most recent events or search for past earthquakes.

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

Streamer is a new way to visualize and understand water flow across America. With Streamer, you can explore our Nation's  major streams by tracing upstream to their source or downstream to where they empty. In addition to making maps, Streamer creates reports about your stream traces and the...

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

Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products.

Light Pollution Map
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This interactive map shows light pollution across the world.

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

The National Water Information System (NWIS) provides map-interface access to data at over 1.5 million water-monitoring sites.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Geophysical Institute brings you the Aurora Forecast -- a daily forecast of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis (northern and southern lights). Click the maps at the bottom for forecasts in different hemispheres.

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

This interactive map allows the user to search for mineral resources across the world.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

New NASA land cover maps are providing scientists with the most refined global picture ever produced of the distribution of Earth’s ecosystems and land use patterns. High-quality land cover maps aid scientists and policy makers involved in natural resource management and a range of research and...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

High resolution satellite map of global vegetation patterns.

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

The USGS Land Cover Institute posts great links to a huge amount of land cover/land use sites, for the US and around the globe.. Links here include most of the datasets listed in this article, and many more esoteric data such as river observations, aquifers data and ocean colour information....

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This site teaches students about Hurricanes, winter storms, tornados, thunder and lightning and floods. This site also contains activities that teachers can use with their students.

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

Maps of flood and high flow conditions within the US.

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

Input parameters into the map viewer and see data related to land use and coverage, hydrology, transportation, structures, elevation index, and natural hazards.

The University of Texas at Austin
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Online topographic maps of countries, states and cities.

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

These global land cover layers are the product of a collaboration between USGS and the University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Thirty meter resolution raster data layers for circa 2010 tree cover and bare ground and a persistent surface water layer 2000-2012, have been...

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

The LandsatLook Viewer is a prototype tool that was developed to allow rapid online viewing and access to the USGS Landsat image archives.

Timeanddate.com
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The map shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shoes which areas of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night. Click on times below the map to show Sun and Moon locations during those times, or choose a time of your own to see their positions.

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...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

NOAA View Explorer provides hundreds of data variables within a single interface, allowing the user to browse, interrogate, and download resources from NOAA's archives.

European Space Agency (ESA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

The GlobCover Portal provides access to the results of the GlobCover project. GlobCover is an ESA initiative which began in 2005 in partnership with JRC, EEA, FAO, UNEP, GOFC-GOLD and IGBP. The aim of the project was to develop a service capable of delivering global composites and land cover...

UNAVCO
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This map shows the locations of oil spills and other incidents for which NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) provided scientific support for the response. It also shows the locations of other major spills, but it does not show the location of every significant oil spill.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Visualize and explore observed land cover changes for your region and time frame of interest.

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

These data describe land cover type, and are based on 10 years (2001-2010) of Collection 5.1 MCD12Q1 land cover type data. The map is generated by choosing, for each pixel, the land cover classification with the highest overall confidence from 2001-2010, as described in Broxton et al., 2014. As...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

An interactive map that allows both recent and historical global plate boundaries to be explored. Up to 5000 quakes can be selected using various criteria. Rotate and zoom through hypocenters using the 3D viewer.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This online too provides managers and citizens with easy-to-understand charts and graphs that describe complex coastal data. Users select a county of interest and the website does the rest, creating a helpful educational tool for governing bodies and citizen groups. Current snapshot topics...

GlobeLand30
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

China has donated to the United Nations the first open-access, high-resolution map of Earth’s land cover, on 22 September 2014, as a contribution towards the global sustainable development and combating climate change. The GlobeLand30 datasets are freely available and comprise ten types of land...

National Science Foundation (NSF), UW Macrostrat Lab
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Macrostrat is a platform for the aggregation and distribution of geological data relevant to the spatial and temporal distribution of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks as well as data extracted from them. It is linked to the GeoDeepDive digital library and machine reading system, and...

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

In order to give fire managers near real-time information, fire perimeter data is updated daily based upon input from incident intelligence sources, GPS data, infrared (IR) imagery from fixed wing and satellite platforms. The GeoMAC website allows users in remote locations to manipulate map...

University of Minnesota (UM)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

Learn about the world along the path of your flight, hike, or road trip with GPS tracking. Offline geologic maps and interactive points of interest reveal the locations of fossils and georeferenced Wikipedia articles visible from your airplane window seat, vehicle, or hiking trail vista. Flyover...

CIA World Fact Book
Resource Type: Image Collections, Maps and Visualizations

This infographic map from the CIA World Fact Book shows the top valued exports from each country.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

NOAA's National Weather Service provides precipitation data using GIS technology. View precipitation amounts across the country ranging from the last few hours to the last 120 days.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

This interactive visualization allows you to explore data sets from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions for 25 unique views of our world.

WXshift, Climate Central
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

WXshift (pronounced "weather shift") is a collection of independent journalists, climate scientists, and meteorologists working to bring you th elatest in weather and climate information. Our team is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date weather forecasts, news and information, all...

National Geographic
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

National Geographic’s online atlas. Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, topography, environmental themes, and more.

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

This website has great maps of tectonic plates and shake maps where earthquakes are likely to occur. Learn and explore everything about earthquakes.

EarthWindMap
Resource Type: Maps and Visualizations

A visualization on global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers updated every three hours. Click on the "earth" at the bottom left hand side to activate a menu accessing various weather parameters by height.

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...

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Hunter's Moon during a Lunar Eclipse
Videos or Animations
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
Videos or Animations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ocean Today

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

Saturn images taken from Hubble
Videos or Animations
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
Videos or Animations
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
Maps and Visualizations
Light Pollution Map

This interactive map shows light pollution across the world.

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