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TED-Ed
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The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some...

National Geographic
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Did you know that only 1% of Earth's water is fresh and available for consumption? Fresh water is the world's most essential natural resource, but it's also one of the most threatened. National Geographic magazine's April issue celebrates and explores this important resource.

TERC
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This Flash animation depicts the diurnal change in wind patterns along the coast. The shift in winds results from unequal heating of the land and water. During the day, land heats more rapidly than the water, air rises, and a cool breeze blows in from the water. The pattern reverses at night....

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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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

TED-Ed
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Just now, somewhere in the universe, a star exploded. In fact, a supernova occurs every second or so in the observable universe. Yet, we’ve never actually been able to watch a supernova in its first violent moments. Is early detection possible? Samantha Kuula details the science behind an early...

NASA's Ames Research Center
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The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the "shock breakout" -- is illustrated in this cartoon animation. The animation begins with a view of a red supergiant star that is 500 times bigger and 20,000 times brighter than our sun. When the star's internal...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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Today, oxygen, or O2, makes up about 21% of Earth's atmosphere, but for most of our planet's long history, O2 levels in the atmosphere and dissolved in the ocean were much less than they are today. In this Click and Learn, you will learn the complex biological and...

McGraw-Hill
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Earth science resources. Each "Chapter" includes animations and movies, question answers, learning objectives, quizzes, related readings, flash cards, a glossary, and internet resources. 

MinuteEarth
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Where rivers meet the ocean, coastlines tend to bend either inward or outward, creating estuaries and deltas. But how do they get those shapes?

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Learn about Dan's education and path to a geoscience career. Dan received a BS degree in Geology. He has worked around the world to explore and improve the recovery of Earth's natural resources. He is currently a consultant in the mining and metals industry, with expertise in operations and...

National Geographic
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Explore and experience the forces that shape the world around us. Learn the warning signs of an avalanche before it's triggered.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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Dig into the world's largest collection of ocean sediments. Peter deMenocal, a marine geologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Rusty Lotti Bond, curator of the Deep Sea Sample Repository, show off the collection and explain what it's good for.

American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Earth Science Week (ESW)
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Big Ideas videos bring to life the "big ideas" of Earth science -- the nine core concepts that everyone should know. Teachers can use the videos in many ways. For example: use "Why Earth Science?" to introduce the importance of Earth science to your students, their parents and guardians, and...

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.

WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
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As wetlands continue to disappear, the islanders who depend on them for food or income from tourism will suffer even more. But with improved wetland management practices, Pacific islands will be better able to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Learn how Hawaii's wetlands help reduce the...

UNAVCO, Inc.
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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...

KQED Arts
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The Damndest, Finest Ruins examines the 1906 earthquake and fire, which burned for three days. With restored silent film footage, rare archival photographs, and the remastered voice of Enrico Caruso, it challenges the official story of what happened on those terrible days.

Discovery Education
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Interactive video on weather patterns. Considers such features as air temperature, clouds, fronts, and thunderstorms.

TED-Ed
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Why do we see those stunning lights in the northern- and southernmost portions of the night sky? The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when high-energy particles are flung from the Sun's corona toward the Earth and mingle with the neutral atoms in our atmosphere -- ultimately emitting...

Nicolaus Wegner
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Photosensitive seizure warning - Look away if things get too overwhelming. Accumulated a great deal of severe weather and cloud related time lapse material over the past couple of years. Figures it might be interesting to experiment with the various shapes these storms produce when mirrored....

TERC
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Flash animation for the Coriolis Effect, the apparent deflection of a wind or current due to earth rotation. One animation shows a plane flying from Anchorage, Alaska toward Miami, Florida. In the second animation, a plane takes off from Tierra del Fuego toward Rio de Janeiro. In both cases, the...

University of Wisconsin, Madison (UWM)
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The graph on the right side which always shows 400,000 years of temperature anomalies from modern times, derived from the Vostok Ice Core sample. As the three main elements of Earth orbit changes are enabled (see Checkboxes, below), a magenta-colored line plot is made which combines the simple...

TED-Ed
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Our planet’s diverse, thriving ecosystems may seem like permanent fixtures, but they’re actually vulnerable to collapse. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? Kim Preshoff details why the answer,...

carykh
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This video scrolls through different sizes found in the observable universe.

University of Kentucky (UK)
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Several flash animations on physical geology topics. Topics include: rock cycle, mineral properties, weathering, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, faults and folds, Earth structure, plate tectonics, groundwater, river floods, mass movements, glaciers, shorelines.

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.

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...

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Learn about Michelle’s education and path to a geoscience career. Michelle started her education at a community college, transferred to a 4-year college to complete a BS in chemistry, and went on to complete an MS degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from UIC.  She is an environmental...

National Geographic
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Explore and experience the forces that shape the world around us. No natural disaster in America has caused more death and destruction than floods.

Science Channel
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Watch as a giant black spot appears to move across Earth's surface, and listen to The Science Channel's explanation of what's happening and why.

UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
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Videos and animations from the University of California, Berkeley, Seismological Laboratory. They cover the topics:  earthquakes, shake table, earthquake preparednedd, paleoseismic trenching, earthquake early warnings, The Hayward Fault, seismometers and model demonstrations, Modeling, fault...

Jon Nguyen, TED
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Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy a spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos NASA JPL's "Eyes on the Solar System" -- free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time.

KQED San Francisco, PBS LearningMedia
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With its rolling hills and winter storms, the Bay Area has been a landslide hotspot. Now geologists are using new high-tech tools to understand and predict these natural disasters. In this QUEST video produced by KQED, find an explanation of "deep-seated" and "shallow" landslides and examples of...

UNAVCO, Inc.
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Learn how water in its many forms can change the shape of the earth, and how we can measure this shape-shifting to better understand and manage water resources. As an example, this short animation focuses on how the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory, a high-precision GPS network throughout...

Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell
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Learn about the role of the sea in global warming. The global conveyor belt is part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by differences in the density of the waters. It plays a role in keeping the climate at balance and Europe warm. Global warming may change it forever with...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Satellite images from NASA show how the Earth's surface changes over time due to climate change and natural hazards.

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...

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...

Alphonse Swinehart
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In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the inverse, it's unfortunately very slow. The animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and...

TERC
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This animation shows how the volume and pressure inside a sealed balloon change as the balloon rises or descends.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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From hot towers to phytoplankton blooms, NASA's cutting-edge hurricane research has been revealing never-before-seen aspects of these giant storms for over a decade. The past three years have seen great progress in the areas of intensity monitoring and 3-D modeling of hurricanes. In 2006,...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

In this video, fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina, discover the benefits of clean energy. Aaron Sebens, a teacher at Central Park School for Children, taught his fourth graders about solar and other energy sources. The students then decided to make their classroom solar-powered. The video...

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

The NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio has in recent years created animations based on the GISTEMP dataset following the end of the calendar year. The most recent animation available was released in January 2013 and shows the five-year mean anomaly of surface temperature for 1880 through...

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.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Learn about Lionel's education and path to a geoscience career. Lionel received his BS and MS degrees from UIC in Earth and Environmental Sciences.  He is an expert at using the gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS) for analysis of organic compounds and currently works at Stat Analysis...

National Geographic
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Explore and experience the forces that shape the world around us. Find out how hurricanes can be so destructive.

National Solar Observatory (NSO)
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Join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month (1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern) for eclipse webcasts. Webcasts feature information about the Sun, Earth, Moon, and eclipses.

The University of Manchester (UoM)
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Jurassic fanatics can simulate their very own dinosaur as the software (Windows, Mac, Linux) and models are freely available to download

Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post,
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A mesmerizing new time-lapse video captures the fiery magnificence of what’s believed to be the largest sunspot observed in the past 24 years. Dubbed AR 2192, the “freakishly huge” sunspot spanned some 80,000 miles, or about the same size as the diameter of Jupiter.

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use this series of videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering, and...

EIT Image of the Sun
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Find out more about how our sun's position in the sky changes due to Earth's rotation, revolution, and tilt. Learn from the experts -- Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand paterns within the Earth-sun relationship.

Students taking water samples during field work
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

What gives Velcro its stick? Why does pollen make some people sneeze? And, how pure is the salt that we put on our food? In this episode of STEM Flicks, explore the role that microscopy plays in our everyday lives. Discover how scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...

World map with ice caps
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

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.

Aurora and stars
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National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

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

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