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01 - Topography and our national heritage - Earth Science GeoInquiry
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Interpret properties of the landscape using topographic maps of well-known national parks. ...

Interpret properties of the landscape using topographic maps of well-known national parks. Direct link on ArcGIs. THE EARTH SCIENCE GEOINQUIRY COLLECTIONhttp://www.esri.com/geoinquiriesThe Earth Science GeoInquiry collection contains 15 free, web-mapping activities that correspond and extend map-based concepts in leading middle school Earth science textbooks. The activities use a standard inquiry-based instructional model, require only 15 minutes for a teacher to deliver, and are device agnostic.  The activities harmonize with the Next Generation Science Standards. Activity topics include:•                 Topographic maps•                 Remote sensing•                 Minerals / Mining•                 Rock Types•                 Landforms•                 Plate tectonics•                 Earthquakes•                 Volcanoes•                 Mountain building•                 Fresh water•                 Ocean features•                 Ground wind and temperature patterns•                 Weather•                 Storms•                 Climate change

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Physical Geography
Material Type:
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Esri GeoInquiries
1d. Geographers and Their Space
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Humans are curious creatures, always wondering what lies beyond the horizon. Lewis ...

Humans are curious creatures, always wondering what lies beyond the horizon. Lewis and Clark did not describe themselves as geographers, but they might well have. Geography is the study of the surface of the earth. It is about people and places. It is about the physical character of a country, its climates and landscapes, and its biological environment.

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Ancient History
Physical Geography
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
Ancient Civilizations
Electromagnetic Spectrum Earth 103:Earth in the Future
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Description: Introduction to the science of Earth's climate system, the consequences of ...

Description: Introduction to the science of Earth's climate system, the consequences of future climate on Earth, strategies for how to minimize the effects of and adapt to a changing climate.

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Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
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Pennsylvania State University
Provider Set:
Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Drs. Timothy Bralower and David Bice
1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey
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Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of ...

Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of water were dependent upon winds and currents to drive the sailing ships. Thus good navigation routes were often determined by prevailing weather conditions such as the Trade Winds, and then discovered by explorers. In this lesson, students will explore the wind climatology for the Atlantic Ocean basin (as determined by satellite data from the past ten years), and then compare it to the route documented by Columbus in 1492.

Subject:
Engineering
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
My NASA DatA+
NASA Wavelength
Author:
Malinda Burk
A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology, Chapter 17
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This series of Web pages contains the material in Chapter 17: Numerical ...

This series of Web pages contains the material in Chapter 17: Numerical Weather Prediction, which is part of the fifth edition of the textbook / laboratory manual, A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Textbook
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Pennsylvania State University
Provider Set:
Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Lee Grenci and Jon Nese
Locations, space and distance (chapter 2)
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In this chapter we develop student’s appreciation of the 'first order' basic ...

In this chapter we develop student’s appreciation of the 'first order' basic spatial concepts of location, scale, adjacency, distance, and projection as well as the variety of ways by which they can be 'measured' in different ‘spaces.

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Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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TeachSpatial
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TeachSpatial resources for spatial teaching and learning
Author:
David J. Unwin
Workshop on Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2002
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This class uses lab exercises and a workshop setting to help students ...

This class uses lab exercises and a workshop setting to help students develop a solid understanding of the planning and public management uses of geographic information systems (GIS). The goals are to help students: Acquire technical skills in the use of GIS software. Acquire qualitative methods skills in data and document gathering, analyzing information, and presenting results. Investigate the potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting and evaluate possible applications. The workshop teaches GIS techniques and basic database management at a level that extends somewhat beyond the basic thematic mapping and data manipulation skills included in the MCP core classes (viz.11.204 and 11.220). Instead of focusing on one thematic map of a single variable, students will concentrate on more open-ended planning questions that invite spatial analysis but will require judgment and exploration to select relevant data and mapping techniques, involve mixing and matching new, local data with extracts from official records (such as census data, parcel data and regional employment and population forecasts), utilize spatial analysis techniques such as buffering, address matching, overlays use other modeling and visualization techniques beyond thematic mapping, and raise questions about the skills, strategy, and organizational support needed to sustain such analytic capability within a variety of local and regional planning settings. Students seeking graduate credit should enroll in the subject 11.520; undergraduates should enroll in the subject 11.188. The subjects meet together and have nearly identical content.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Joseph Ferreira
A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems, Fall 2005
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This class uses lab exercises and a workshop setting to help students ...

This class uses lab exercises and a workshop setting to help students develop a solid understanding of the planning and public management uses of geographic information systems (GIS). The goals are to help students: acquire technical skills in the use of GIS software; acquire qualitative methods skills in data and document gathering, analyzing information, and presenting results; and investigate the potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting and evaluate possible applications. The workshop teaches GIS techniques and basic database management at a level that extends somewhat beyond the basic thematic mapping and data manipulation skills included in the MCP core classes (viz. 11.204 and 11.220). Instead of focusing on one thematic map of a single variable, students will concentrate on more open-ended planning questions that invite spatial analysis but will require judgment and exploration to select relevant data and mapping techniques; involve mixing and matching new, local data with extracts from official records (such as census data, parcel data and regional employment and population forecasts); utilize spatial analysis techniques such as buffering, address matching, overlays; use other modeling and visualization techniques beyond thematic mapping; and raise questions about the skills, strategy, and organizational support needed to sustain such analytic capability within a variety of local and regional planning settings. Students seeking graduate credit should enroll in the subject 11.520; undergraduates should enroll in the subject 11.188. The subjects meet together and have nearly identical content. ArcGIS/ArcMap/ArcInfo Graphical User Interface is the intellectual property of ESRI and is used herein with permission. Copyright ĺŠ ESRI. All rights reserved.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ferreira, Joseph, Jr.
Fields (Chapter 6)
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This chapter provides a series of exercises associated with self-defining continuous fields ...

This chapter provides a series of exercises associated with self-defining continuous fields where the entity is an attribute that is continuous across space and thus is in some sense self-defining. The relations are those involving distance and magnitude and there are a number of associated spatial concepts such as the first order primitive we call height, and second order notions of continuity, gradient and trend.

Subject:
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachSpatial
Provider Set:
TeachSpatial resources for spatial teaching and learning
Author:
David J. Unwin
Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence
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The traditional approach to geospatial analysis is the intuitive technique. In order ...

The traditional approach to geospatial analysis is the intuitive technique. In order to improve analysis, relatively uncomplicated methods exist to help intelligence analysts structure their analysis. These structured methods, which can be applied to a broad range of problems, provide a scientific-like and demonstrable approach to analysis that can enhance the intelligence analyst objectivity. Structured methodologies do not replace the subjective insight of the intelligence analyst. Instead, the intent is to use a logical framework to illustrate and capitalize on intuition, experience, and judgment. A structured methodology provides a traceable and repeatable means to reach a conclusion. Significant for us, structured methods have significant value in that they can be taught. Structured methodologies are severely neglected in the geospatial realm. This course teaches the theory and practice behind a structured analytic method designed for geospatial intelligence, with particular emphasis given to selecting and applying appropriate analysis techniques to create and test hypotheses. Students will assess the various connotative biases and spatial fallacies that interfere with sound spatial thinking. Students also appraise basic analysis techniques including imagination, diagnostic, and challenging & reframing.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Pennsylvania State University
Provider Set:
Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Mr. Steve Handwerk, Mr. David Jimenez, Dr. Gregory Thomas
Aquifer Basics
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This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different ...

This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different types of aquifers based on six principal lithologies; sandstone, carbonate, sandstone-carbonate, igneous and metamorphic, sand and gravel, and other rock types. The site features maps and descriptions of the major aquifers in the United States as well as general information about groundwater occurrence and quality. The site also provides links to additional maps and data about specific aquifers across the nation.

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Geology
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
U.S. Geological Survey
Art and Ecology
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Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical ...

Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate, and tropical climates.
In this lesson students will: Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards; Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
Ecology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Assessing the Timing and Extent of Coastal Change in Western Alaska
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An interactive map based on four decades of satellite images helps residents, ...

An interactive map based on four decades of satellite images helps residents, resource managers, and stewards of the land anticipate and plan for coastal change.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Best Practices for Minimizing Errors during GNSS Data Collection
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Aimed at surveyors and GIS professionals who use geodetic-quality GNSS equipment to ...

Aimed at surveyors and GIS professionals who use geodetic-quality GNSS equipment to determine positions for land planning, coastal monitoring and other purposes, this video covers best practices for reducing errors in the areas of: 1. location and environment, 2. equipment setup and 3. observation times and accuracy checks. This resource is hosted on COMET's YouTube Channel.

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Physical Geography
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
British Columbia in a Global Context
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This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by ...

This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.. This textbook applies a fundamental geographical approach to understanding our globally changing world by looking at local processes which are linked to larger global processes and events. For example mining and its effects are a global issue and we can see how these unfold in BC. A further example is the recent apology to First Nation peoples on the residential school treatment, as similar events occur in the US, Ireland and Australia. Processes of urbanization, a phenomenon which people all over the globe are experiencing, can be seen in Vancouver with our discussion of the city’s development. Geography students, indeed all first year students, need to be able to critically assess their own contexts and environments in order to properly engage with our continually globalizing world.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Faculty Reviewed Open Textbooks
Author:
Arthur Green
Aviv Ettya
Britta Ricker
Cristina Tenemos
Simon Fraser
Siobhan McPhee
Building the Digital Earth
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The Cornell University's Geoscience Information System Project is a major initiative that ...

The Cornell University's Geoscience Information System Project is a major initiative that targets to develop a comprehensive Geoscience Information System for the geosciences Building the Digital Earth is part of that project. This website is a great interactive site containing a great wealth of digital geological and geographical information. Users can access information regarding the Digital Earth project, an interactive mapping tool, data sets and metadata. Users can also access the Discover Earth project, an interactive tool designed to help students learn about a variety of earth science topics. There students can participate in variety of activities dealing with earthquakes, volcanoes, topography, plate tectonics and sea level change. The site also contains links to java applets GEOID, QUEST, virtual experiments and interactive 3D graphics. This is a resource with wide variety of digital data and resources.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Institute for the Study of the Continents
Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory
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The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ...

The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU) is a cooperative effort among 13 faculty from the Departments of Geography-Earth Science, Biology, and Teacher Education. The goal of the laboratory is to provide intensive undergraduate field training through collection and analysis of related hydrologic, geologic, biologic, and geographic data from a single watershed, establish a comprehensive statistical and spatial watershed database using a geographic information system, use the accumulated data for student investigations in a wide variety of environmentally related courses, and facilitate similar approaches at other institutions. The project involves equipment acquisition; continuous monitoring of hydrology, water quality, and meteorology; and data collection and analysis in various undergraduate courses. This website is the homepage for the Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory. Users can follow links to a project summary, watershed description and data, GIS data, research projects, curricular material, articles and maps and photos related to the laboratory.

Subject:
Ecology
Atmospheric Science
Geology
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Cartography and Visualization
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This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each ...

This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each project includes readings, quizzes, and discussions about concepts and tools in cartography and visualization. Throughout the course, students complete “mile marker” assignments that are designed to help them progress toward the capstone assignment. Through the course projects, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes, coordinate systems and map projections, creating isoline and other terrain representations, interpolation, classification schemes, multivariate representation and representation of data uncertainty. Those who successfully complete the course are able to design and produce effective reference and thematic maps using GIS software and can interpret and critique maps and related information graphics.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Pennsylvania State University
Provider Set:
Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Adrienne Gruver