Resources for students of Earth Science

Compiled by Patrick Pringle...updated February 5, 2015

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If a link does not work, you can simply scroll down to find the following content items below.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: It is the responsibility of everyone who uses this site to make sure that they do not go to unauthorized web sites or ones that masquerade as official websites when they are not.

                               the Big ideas of Earth science  the Earth science literacy principles. Watch the videos

Careers_in_Earth_Sciences      ==> Tools_for_writing_science_papers  ...and how to work with graphics! (for field reports, etc)
                               Maps and Map related                        ==> Computer_graphics_software_and_resources     Computer software--utilities  
                               Google Earth  


                                        Data_for_Natural_Sciences                                                                                 GIS_Geographic_Information_Systems

                                Earth_Science_Societies                                             Earth  Science Misc                                        

                                         Hydrologic_data                                                               Weather,_climate,_and_paleoclimate_data

                           Online_educational_resources                                                       Science software (including freeware/shareware)        

                                         Videos: Earth Sciences and related                Time-lapse videos             Animations                                        Dendrochronology resources

                             Education:_tools_and_links   Undergraduate research    Online educational resources       
                             Earth science textbooks and related aids online   (see also “Supplies and Books” below)   Animations  

                                         Earth science lectures and powerpoints online   New stuff added periodically

                        Geologic_publications_online                                     Geologic_field_guides_online

                                         Geology_departments_Pacific_Northwest                                    Geology of the Pacific Northwest 

                    Paleontology, fossils, and human history  

Reference,_conversions,_standards,_etc                                         Radiology resources

                                         Tools_for_students                                                                                           Student opportunities

                                       Supplies and books                                                                                                          Study guide (geology)                        

                                       Washington Online Writing Lab visit Centralia College's Writing Lab in Kemp 105 for info & assistance           

                                    Curious or amusing dept        Links        US Geological Survey useful links        USGS Diamonds    USGS selected hazards   USGS Afghanistan   


Important dates and deadlines   find Final exam schedules and more here!     Centralia College webcams   


Careers in Geosciences--Earth Science World  (leaves this page)    AGI workforce infographic—consider a geoscience career    

see also under GIS for careers, below            Earth is calling   looking at careers in geosciences for high school students (video)

Geological Society of America Career Program  for GSA student members; Free, but advance registration is required (It's easy - just log in and create an account - if you have questions, contact E&O at the e-mail address provided on the website)


Infographic on careers in science                    Science careers at a glance by Open Education Database    Careers in geosciences  a youtube video

Workforce, transfer, and careers info from SAGE on 2YC site      UNAVCO careers    Why we should empower girls to be curious, a STEM challenge  

...once in the professional world (including college!), how to recognize, cope with, and escape from toxic individuals "Beware zombies, haters, pigs, and jerks"   

          Resume tips:

          10 phrases that kill your resume (online resource)

Computer_graphics_software_and_resources     making animated gifs      Irfanview freeware graphics viewer    

NIH Image homepage--image analysis software and  tools     Object Image Mac program for image analysis     

download site for Adobe Acrobat Reader   Urban legend or not?

NASA Dapple data browser   

Also, please see Tools for editing or making graphics or figures, below

GPlates: software for interactive visualization of plate tectonics                      printing out posters  An online service in case you don't have a plotter

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Computer Software--Utillities

data recovery software     zamzar file converion utility  

Viper plagiarism checker, free software  Windows only     dustball online plagiarism checker   checks through open-access documents  seotools--another plagiarism checker 

paperrater    turnitin    doccop collusion and plagiarism tool by Mark McCrohon review of plagiarism detection tools    


Norm's GIS Glossary    

Washington State Geospatial database

Washington DNR geospatial data

Puget Sound Lidar Consortium

Oregon State geospatial data    lidar maps for Oregon         Mount St. Helens high-res digital imagery based on 2009 lidar   

ESRI GIS software  (world’s most used!)   ESRI online resources        ArcNews online        Drone perspectives  on ESRI web   

GIS data depot    Commercial site 

Getting a job in geography and GIS  Spring 2013 Arcnews; a piece by Doug Richardson, Exec. Dircector, American Association of Geographers ; see also AAG-careers 
New online geography and GIS resources  Winter 2013 Arcnews; another piece by Doug Richardson
Mapping prehistoric activity in Colorada—GIS and archaeology Spring 2013 Arcnews
Using GIS and social media to map a volcanic eruptions's aftermath  Spring 2013 Arcnews
NSF_open topography  LiDAR data      NSF open topography Facebook page     


Quantum Geospatial (lidar data acquisistion)

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Gmap4   A cool and very useful site using Google Earth
Gmap USA  A good launching spot for using Gmap to find areas of interest and helpful info like most up-to-date magnetic declinations using Gmap,-102.041016&z=4&t=m
Google Earth 1:100,000 scale Washington State geology data for 3D overlays  Thank you WADNR Geology Div. for this useful format!! Scroll to the bottom of the linked page for the 1:100,000 scale maps. Be sure to read the PDF file overview at the top. Technical notes: Regarding item 4 adjusting transparency of overlays: you have to select the "adjust opacity" symbol at the bottom of the "Places" TOC in left sidebar to see the transparency slider. Regarding item 6: 3D adjustments including vertical exaggeration are under adjustments in "Google Earth" menu --> preferences in standard version 7.0.3 of Google Earth.
Batchgeo  paste your Excel GPS data under the proper headers and create a map from Google Earth or GPS data

GE user guide
GE navigating tutorials 
GE keyboard shortcuts  not an official site, but looks very useful!
GE keyboard shortcuts--windows  
GE keyboard shortcuts--mac 
I find two of the most useful keystroke shortcuts to be "u" (up or birdseye view) and "n" (orient view with north at top)

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    Washington Climate Summaries  new site to find station data as of ~ 2012!    [Use Vancouver and Centralia precipitation "monthly" records for semhill and O'Neill natural area projects; “ANN” = annual precip]; old climate summaries site  

    WA Snowtel site 

    NOAA Paleoclimate data   [see "data search" for tree-ring, ice, fire, coral, cave, paleofire, etc]


    USGS Real-time water data--Washington State site  (see "Statewide Streamflow table" link)

    USGS Washington State Water Center   

    National Weather Service  

    NOAA storm predication center  

    NOAA storm prediction center, surface and upper air maps  

    Monitoring Earth and Earth Systems

    NOAA: Earth System Research Lb

    geoinformatics and rise of digital data   Earth Magazine August 18, 2013

    Journal for Advances in Modeling Earth Systems an open-access online journal

    NOAA: view data imagery portal     New NOAA View data portal   Environmental Visualization Lab

    NASA Worldview —Interact with satellite data within hours of it being acquired

    Phases of the Moon 

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Lab. of Tree-ring research at Univ. AZ --education tools

Lab. of Tree-ring research at Univ. AZ --dendro resources

The Ultimate Tree-ring web pages

Searchable bibliography of dendrochronology    Check tree-ring references here! 

NOAA tree-ring paleoclimate database  

Pat's tree-ring links


Link to an online Physical Geography textbook by Michael Ritter       

Earth science lessons online         Highpoint Geology—A geo-educational resource       Annenberg Habitable Planet textbook online  

Physical Geography net by Michael Pidwirny and Scott Jones

Link to the introductory Geoscience Virtual Textbook

Online Oceanography textbook by Robert H. Stewart

Encyclopedia of Earth                  Geowiki          OATs guide to open text info                        Windows to the Universe (NESTA)         

Link to the companion website for AGI/NAGT Geoscience Laboratory Manual_v.8

Link to The Georoots Etymological Dictionary of Geology by Matt Horrigan

Michael Kimberley's physical geology presentations    (both as text + pictures for printing or for viewing online)

About     See about rocks    and explore links to rock types   teacher resources  

Tutorials | GeologyRocks   (You must establish a username, but this is free)  Niayar Imam's quick study—rocks and minerals   

Igneous rocks—West Virginia Science Teachers series   

Online geological  dictionary       Other online geological dictionaries

Geology Labs On-Line  There are only a few labs here, but great potential…      Steve Dutch's informative geology homepage   Please read disclaimer as Steve asks

Geowords-Hugh Rance's online geo site, his paleo book tocglossary of geowords by Hugh Rance

e-notes-for earth science   an assortment of Earth science vocabulary words that may be helpful

DLESE Earth science literacy maps Try out the plate tectonics map and then click on the gray text box links to learn more. 

This Dynamic Earth: the story of Plate Tectonics  A nice overview courtesy of Bob Tilling and others of the USGS  Uyeda's classic: The New View of the Earth  

             MIT open courseware    MIT-Intro to Geology   lecture notes for MIT-intro to Geology 

WA SBCTC Open Course Library  select "courses" in the menu bar to start or go directly to the links below

About the Open Course Library (news release)

    OCL Physical Geology  (all modules & resources)      OCL Physical Geology  "ebook" chapters   Physical Geology Info page

InTeGrate geoscience and sustainability courses  SERC workshop Teaching environmental geology   Visualizations  

Earth Science animations, interactive exercises, and songs    Univ. of KY, shockwave required    Earth Science Week     NGSS—Next Generation Science Standards        NGSS High School Evidence Statements    


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          Physical Geology notes and powerpoints by Michael Kimberley at N. Carolina State  (two versions--one for printing, one for viewing online)    

          US Geological Survey's video lecture archives       

          Mike Strickler's geomania page       Geoman's Glossary of Earth science terms (also by Mike)

          Pam Gore's geology lecture notes

          Rob Viens' powerpoint lectures for Geology of the Northwest, BCC

          No more lousy powerpoint slides Read Eric Cheney's article on how to produce a decent (non-lousy!) powerpoint show 

          Carla Whittington's powerpoint lectures for Natural Hazards, Highline CC


USGS animations  

IRIS animations   

UC Santa Barbara multimedia visualization center  

Animations at RESGI  

gobookee geology animations   

Univ. of Kentucky: geology animations, interactive exercises, and songs   requires shockwave


Good things community colleges do, Part I           UNAVCO short courses       Norway—no tuition fees ...although there are other fees if you read the fine print; still!   
The Next Generation Science Standards    The NGSS     the sourcebook for teaching science by Norman Herr   

Gates_Foundation_College-ready_education    What professors do      How to get students to work harder...  if you are a student, please don't read this ;-) 

Dan's wild wild science journal    Dan on what science fundamentals American are not learning--part 1   part 2  part 3: five things we need to teach every American about science      PBS: I love teaching   

The Triangle Coalition for STEM education    
SERC, the Science Education Resource Center    Curriculum for the bioregion    
Old sticks in the mud  Class & lab activities teaching about the hazards of lahars at Mount Rainier by Patrick Pringle

Better Earth science teaching, Facebook page  
SERC: Deep Time  
The STEM gender gap, a ScienceFriday discussion   
RSA Animate: Changing education paradigms Sir Ken Robinson, and amazing 11.5 min edublitz
Making sense of uncertainty in science 
Kevin Brown: "Why teachers do what they do"   
3 facts to help you think like a scientist  
Pat's Canvas notes        Training teachers to teach critical thinking, Blooms Taxonomy  
let tech organize your teaching    lots of resources for teaching Earth science --from Edutopia  
8 apps for teachers from Edutopia  
Earthcache     3 most commmon modeling mistakes teaches make     10 things every college professor hates  
What should teach when we teach about science communication?     Classroom resources for your inner fish    
the lonely job of a college teacher: time study of a faculty schedule    (some) colleges reinvent classes to keep more students interested in science  NY Times Dec. 26, 2014

Undergraduate research 
Council on Undergraduate Research      Libguide: library research tools and links at Centralia College  
National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates     NSF REU Earth sciences   NSF REU funding 
The Univ. of Washington undergraduate research           Early-career researchers gain skills in organizing symposia June 24, 2014

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      Earth and Environmental Sciences videos

        Videos: the Earth science literacy principles             Earth is calling   looking at careers in geosciences for high school students

      Main Annenberg website    Great resource

       Annenberg College level/adult video series               Habitable Planet video series, guides, online textbook, and more!  

       Earth Revealed, Annenberg video series                   Mike Strickler's study guides for Earth Revealed videos     

       Annenberg Planet Earth videos series                        AGI's "Faces of the Earth" video series on youtube

       Nova videos     BBC special on the elements            Nick Zentners "2-minute geology" videos 

       Geology lecture series at CWU     2-minute geology series from Nick Zentner at CWU; the 2-minute geology Facebook page 

       Science minute videos-Olympic National Park          Nick Zentner talks about the Columbia River Basalts and Missoula Floods 16+ minutes
       Geologic Journey I: The Atlantic Coast                     Mount Mazama ash from the big Crater Lake eruption ~ 7700 years ago  
       Central Rocks half-hour geology TV show from CWU with Nick Zentner
       KOMO "What if"" video on earthquake hazards in WA State     

       NOVA: Australia Awakening   Australia's ancient landscape 2013

       USGS lecture series online  

       Watch episodes of "Your inner fish"    

       "Keepers of the beat"—Glaciologist Jon Riedel as he studies glaciers in North Cascades National Park in this 18 minute video

       Pat Pringle presents at SWOCC on November 9, 2013: "Stories in the rings: eruptions, earthquakes, and landslides of the Pacific     Northwest...and the buried forests that tell their tales"  SWOCC 2014 Geology Lecture Series 
       NOVA:Doomsday Volcanoes   

    Weather and Climate videos

        NOVA: Hunt for the supertwister        

       Weather and climate videos for online viewing  American Meteorological Society video on demand (get weather, but get advertisements too!)

       Climate change videos at  

       Christopher Sabine, Oceanographer/Director NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), Seattle. STEM presentation on the Ocean carbon cycle and climate, January 23, 2014 at Centralia College

       Professor Andy Bunn of WWU talks about climate change   April 9, 2009 presentation at WSU Whatcom Extension on Vimeo

       Dr. Terry Gerlach "Volcanic vs. Anthropomorphic CO2"   February 17, 2012 Rising Tide STEM lecture at Centralia College

       The rise and fall of El Nino produced by NOVA    Another location for streaming "The rise and fall of El Nino" 
       Flash flood videos by David Rankin   (about 5 min)

    Math, Science Literacy, and Misc. Sciences

        The Khan Academy—lots of tools and helpful videos! 


        NOVA | scienceNOW | Get Involved | PBS    Watch NOVA online!      

       The scientific method, a short, but sweet, 10 min video!   

       Neil de Grasse Tyson--selected highlights of his interviews with Bill Moyers      How big is a micron?   

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Timelapse videos

Mars Curiousity rover's first 12 months in 2 min.   time-lapse photos of blooming succulents  

Sea ice animations 1987–2013  

Puu O'o' crater collapse of March 5, 2014—time-lapse video  

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Washington State Lakes
WA Water Supply Bulletins focused mainly on lakes    WA Dept. of Ecology  

Online_educational_resources copyright basics: The Teach Act    NCSU re: The Teach Act toolkit (LH's "go to")       Open-Ed libguide at Centralia College  by Leah Hannaford   
find books and videos at the Kirk Library     Centralia College Library      Open education resources—where to start (N Seattle CC)     

online tutoring at Centralia College               Centralia College Writing Center    STEM scholarships at Centralia College   

Monterey Institute's national repository of online courses (see "view repository")     Open Educational Resources   
DLESE-the digital library for Earth systems education  

SERC—The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College       SERC—The math you need, when you need it—8 great skills!
The Khan Academy—Thanks to Paul and Carol for this terrific link!        The origins of math anxiety   
9 strategies for motivating students in math  
Education Portal online free courses and videos      Scientists bring new rigor to education research    
online courses (free!) more than 500 free online courses from MITopencourseware     Wolfram MathWorld  


WA Geology Division publications and maps           Search online database of geology of Washington

Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries         Oregon Geology and the Ore Bin publication       

American Museum of Natural History Research Library    

Environmental and Earth sciences
open-access online journals
GAIA   an online journal of environmental and other science  (Western WA University)      Earth's Future        GSA Today    GEOREF: open-access journals  links to many*
PLOS, the Public Library of Science   

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Maps and map related  

AGI: Meeting challenges with geologic maps  This is a useful and informative booklet!  
NSA GEOnet geographic names      USGS topo maps      USGS publications      Mapquest       Google Maps!!!      Terraserver USA free aerial imagery   NASA Worldwind software for Windows         LiDAR links for mappers      US Historical topo map explorer, USGS   
40 maps that explain the world: The Washington Post August 12, 2013      Exposing the truth about map distortion        
Great Circle mapper     Stepmap: create customized maps online  
Geologic Map Day  
National cooperative geologic mapping  
Jules Verne Voyager map tools     UNAVCO IDV: one geology & geologic maps    geology maps from WMS servers         Geofacets  web-based research tool for geomaps
USGS topographic maps  ==>quickstart guide to USGS topo   ==>USGS topo map locator and downloader  
Internation Commission on Stratigraphy, ICS wikipedia page  

Washington State Geomaps

Index to geologic mapping in Washington State   WADNR Geologic Survey  Chris Heg's WA Geology map site   WA soils    
New Washington State kmz files for geology!     Washington State geologic maps by scale   this pages supercedes the "one-stop..." page below

One-stop pdf link to most WA Div. of Geology geologic maps  access all scales here; 1:100,000 are scans of b&w maps; also valuable here is progress map on the 1:24,000 mapping (this page works for old maps, but is not longer updated; see the "...geologic maps by scale" link above

WASHINGTON STATE GEOLOGIC INFORMATION PORTAL  search the WA bibleography of WA (trad. version)

Washington Geology Library      Geologic field guides online    A list of geology field trips compiled by the WA DNR Div. of Geology

animated gif showing geologic evolution of WA state by Jack Powell and John Figge watching WA evolve

WA DNR map of the Capitol Forest   There are also links to other WA State Forest maps etc, WA DNR Div. of Geology

USGS Preliminary Atlas of shallow, active, tectonic deformation in the Puget Lowland, Washington

PNSN Crustal faults in Washington         

Oregon Geology info

interactive online geologic map of Oregon      in progress!

another Oregon geologic map 

Oregon statewide aerial imagery  

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Mount Hood field guide by Scott etal, 2003

Landslides of Seattle field trip, BCC

Archive of GSA field guides since 1999 online 

Search the Geologic Guidebooks of North America database (GIS)  

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Discover the Ice Age floods at the "hugefloods" web  
Bruce Bjornstad's webpage—On the trail of the Ice Age floods         Nick Zentner's 2-minute geology videos   

Rob Viens Geology of the Pacific NW page    Check out this useful page describing Rob Viens’ summer geology class

Evolution of the Pacific Northwest by John Figge 

USGS revised geologic time scale 2007

Sedimentary rocks;

USGS Bulletin 1244 on Lincoln Creek Formation in Grays Harbor CO 

The Columbia River Basalts and Oregon High Lava Plains

Watch a short Oregon Field Guide video about research on the High Lava Plains 

Selected reports of interest
Parke Snavely's Geology and coal resources of Lewis County WA... (1958) 

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 Central Washington Univ. Dept. of Geological Sciences        Inquire about the program or prerequisites

Western Washington University Geology           WWU advising questions

University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences         more on undergraduate admissions to UW       about transfer requirements for UW 

MS in Earth Sciences UW     

Washington State Univ. Earth and Environmental Sciences       

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US_Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS plate tectonics videos 

USGS This Dynamic Earth 

USGS Geologic Investigations Map I-2800, This Dynamic Planet

USGS Geology of the National Parks  and more Geology of the National Parks    USGS photo library of National Parks 

USGS Earthquake Hazards, Earthquake Glossary   strike-slip fault animation    normal fault and thrust fault animations

USGS Earthquake Hazards, For Kids, Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts

USGS multimedia gallery 

USGS  videos and audio interviews audio podcasts on the left; video podcasts on the right

USGS talks, video, etc    Lots of interesting lectures you can listen to!   presentations about water  more interesting lectures!

USGS Water Science for Schools, Photo Gallery

Plate tectonics, a historical view 

3-D geology of the National Parks  You need red/blue 3_D glasses to view this.

USGS publications about diamonds:  

-- diamond commodity info web site:   

and yearly commodity reports:  - for 2013, Diamond (Industrial) is on pages 50-51

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USGS hazards links:
USGS Earthquake Summary Posters:

Sumatra-Andaman, 2004:

---tsunami generation:

Haiti, 2010:

Chile, 2010:

Japan, 2011:

USGS Water Science School, Tsunami Hazards:
Global earthquake archive search: 

"Top 10" lists and maps: 

To volunteer to host a seismograph, information is available at: 
-- for example, for this last website, check out the stories under the text "NetQuakes in the News"

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USGS Projects in Afghanistan:

projects listed:     Earth Magazine: A dry and ravaged land: investigating water resources in Afghanistan   January 2014           

- hyperspectral surface materials maps:  

---- press release: 

 - water: 


-- example, mineral reference (bibliographic) database: 

-- example, geospatial reference datasets: 

--- scroll through the list to find the map coverage of interest...
o credit the U.S. Geological Survey, please refer to the following web site: 

Additional information: 

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NW Geological Society/   Student memberships are $5 per year

The Geological Society of America (GSA)          

The American Geological Institute                       

The American Geophysical Union (AGU)           

The American Association of Engineering Geologists

The Association of Women Geoscientists            

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country    

Become a member of AGU                  Students pay only $7 per year—what a bargain! Get EOS weekly including online access to past issues!!

Become a student member of GSA       Dues are $30 per year, but benefits are huge!

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About the nwearthscience listserv      How to draw contours 1 (NSTA)     Make a contour map 2 Nat. Geo.   A video on how to draw a contour map   A video on how to draw a topographic profile

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Washington Water Supply Bulletins focused on lakes   WA Dept. of Ecology

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Paleontology, fossil, and human history

WA Division of Geology and Earth Resources: fossil collecting in WA   
Fossils of Washington State, Information Circular 33, 1959   This short pdf file has sketches and info on some noteworth WA fossils
Katherine Van Winkle's 1918 "Paleontology of the Oligocene of the Chehalis River Valley  a pdf paper       
Washington State fossils   I found this site online, sponsored by "World of Watches". Use caution when interpreting the data, you might buy a watch!

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The Oregon Encyclopedia   
The Grammer book   


online conversions

Tera, giga, mega, kilo,hecto, deka, ---, deci, centi, milli, micro, nano       Make sense of why Ma is short for mega annum (a million years), etc

Convert degrees-minutes-seconds of latitude/longitude into decimal degrees  

Greek letters used in mathematics, science, and engineering Wikipedia   
The signficance of digits: just how reliable are numbers?   

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  Oxcal radiocarbon calibration software

     CALIB radiocarbon calibration software

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Subsurface Biosphere Initiate at Oregon State University        Summer internships. Deadline is 4/15 for 2006, but they may be flexible!

Mosaics program in the National Parks and other locales    Sponsored by the GSA, Nationals Parks, and others... 

Mount St. Helens Institute's Volcano Outdoor School 

Wenas Creek WA, 16,000 yr BP: What was life like for the Wenas Creek Mammoth back then?   

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10 time-saving tech tips with David Pogue  These are great--all in a six-minute TED talk      

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Student Services at Centralia College

Student web access at Centralia College       (this is the old student kiosk)    learn to accept stress as a tool in your life  a 14-min video

Isa Adney's "10 things to do for community college success"                     Talk nerdy to me: Melissa Marshall tips in presenting scientific ideas: Ted Talks      
"Why I killed my standing desk" —should I sit or stand when studying/working?  
Should I get a PhD?   Here are some opinions in an anthropology blog ip
22 important diagrams you need for camping!            Zamzar, a tool for converting documents online  TVery useful!
Smartphones: powerful tools for geoscience education           An interview with glaciologist Lonnie Thompson in Earth Magazine, 2015   

NOTE: For most students your email address will be your

i.e.  NOTE: If you have trouble doing this, please go the computer lab on the second floor of WAH to get help! It takes but a minute or two

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Supplies_and_Books –

Free graph paper on the web     more free graph paper from math-aids graph paper      graph paper from Norm Herr's sourcebook for teaching science    

Places to buy field gear: Forestry Suppliers  Miners Catalog   Ben Meadows   

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Most important to read! (Please find info on how to do graphics below)

Geodude's tips for a better field report/science paper  Includes important guidelines; this is a MUST READ***
Field trip report tips   (geological field trip oriented--read this to see overall field trip report format, and then look at Sean Student and Fake field trip report below for ideas)
Example lab report     (Mainly this one applies to tree-ring or weather and climate field lab)
Sean Student's field trip report (hypothetical)  **This is an example of a student's report on a geology field trip (pictures did not import, and he had no references however) 
Fake field trip report outline (example)   **A hypothetical example of the format of a geology field trip report        

Rubric for grading of field reports  This is a rough guide as to how I allocate the points when grading a field trip report   
Rubric for reports--general version   Want to find out what makes and A paper different from a C paper? Check our this rubric and the one that follows
Detailed rubric for grading of papers and reports    
Centralia College Writing Center 

Geology info and pubs on reserve in Kirk Library Put more information into your field trip report and cite a reference!!

Want help with format and grammer? See the Writing Center info below

Easybib for referencing web pages   Purdue Online Writing Lab  <== MLA style  APA style [use this!]       How to cite web pages 

10 tips to makie writing your PhD easier                      Grammarly—The world's best grammar checker   

How do you cite a tweet in an academic paper?           How do I write a strong abstract?    

More info 

The Principles of Poor Writing     By Paul W. Merrill

Writing guidelines for science and engineering students    Micheal Alley has put his whole book and more online.

40 tips to improve grammar and punctuation from the DLM site     spend a little time here and improve your grades!!!

Style guide for geology papers      This is heavy duty, because it's the official style guide for submission of papers to the Geological Society of America

US Geological Survey "Suggestions to Authors" (a classic)

Writing for an audience       Formatting tips and guidelines for abstracts and papers submitted to the Geological Society of America    Official GSA style guide   

strategies that may help students write    How to bore everyone with science  [the answer] from the Plainspoken Scientist   How to write a strong abstract   

Grammatical and usage tidbits

i.e vs e.g. Which to use?  


Reference sites for checking on geographic or geologic names, DOI numbers, etc  

US Geologic Survey Board of Geographic Names   Check to see if a landform or place has been recognized as a Geographic Name, and if you need to capitalize it. 

GEOLEX Check geologic names, lithologic or geochronologic  

Proofreaders marks   How to figure out what that teacher or reviewer meant by all those marks and squiggles they put on the paper you wrote!

What is DOI?   While researching you may see a "digital object identifier" at the end of a reference, like this: "doi 10.1130/B25899.1"  You can go to the DOI website and type the number (not "doi") into the "RESOLVE a doi name" query box at the bottom of the DOI website to find the reference in question.

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Tools for editing or making graphics or figures  

Making graphics for field trip reports  [succinct version for people who know how to cook]  Edit digital pictures [“cookbook” version]      Poster printing online      

How to make perspective drawings         

A cool site with info on editing the levels histogram of an image in Photoshop

See also Google Earth and Maps section above       IrfanView is a great free image viewer and editor      Irfanview on a Mac with Wine

Download Jing, a free screen capture app        gimp is a free image manipulation/editing program   Graphicconverter for Mac (not free anymore)

ImageJ Image analysis software

SERC: Analyzing change over time using ImageJ  

Stepmap: create customized maps online      

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Mount Everest webcam   

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Earth science art project  
Pat's weather and climate links 
bug guide 

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Professors work hard, an open letter.... 
John Oliver's arcane details on on Boron-Group metals pricing...  Satirical look at pricing of a major geologic resource; ~ 10 min., 2nd part starts after the Beer Institute joke...
Let the Jive Aces cheer you up   ...if the weather is getting you down  

The Pringle Surface   Geodude suggests you check this out!

Science tatoo emporium  from Carl Zimmer's The Loom science blog
Attempting the world's largest omelet in Chehalis WA  
Ponder the chasm of deep time and the future of the universe    
Durham NC bridge  
OED word generator Which words originated in your birth year?
scientists favorite jokes  
Why geologists drink beer   

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