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Resourses useful for the Earth and Space Science education classroom, as well as for home schoolers and others interested in learning about the Earth and Space Sciences.

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Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit with Two Sets of Data Cards
Feeling the Heat - Part 2 Classroom Activity Kit includes Activity description (5 page) and two sets of laminated reusable data cards (10 cards per set). Good for 20 students or a larger group with 20 students participating (in two groups of 10) and other students observing.

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Hands-On Mineral Identification

This multimedia "field guide" helps you to identify over 14,500 mineral names and synonyms for both beginners and serious collectors. Hands-On Mineral Identification Version 1.1 provides detailed identification information on 500 of the most common mineral species, full color animations, background information, and photographs on physical characteristics of minerals. (Grades 7-12 and college)

Written by M. Darby Dyar, Ph.D., Reviewed by Carl A Francis, Curator, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum. Images by Dennis Tasa.


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Introduction to Topographic Maps Version 2.0

With Introduction to Topographic Maps you will learn how to use these maps to determine elevations, landform types, principles of scale, location, and much more. You will read and draw contour lines based on points of known elevations, construct topographic profiles, and determine slope and relief. Includes full color photos, animations, related topics on Map Projections, U.S. Geological Survey, Using a Compass and Map, and more. Intended for grades 7 through 12 and college.

Written by Kenneth Pinzke, Belleville Area College. Illustrated by Dennis Tasa.


Our price: $59.00

Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works Version 2.1

Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works is designed to aid advanced students in the geological sciences in visualizing and learning about processes within Earth and how these processes are related to plate tectonics. This interactive program includes a chapter entitled "Crustal and Mantle Evolution" which delves into the origin and evolution of continents and the early history of the Earth. Using animations, interactive diagrams, and color photos, new and exciting developments are reviewed relating to plate reconstructions in the past, hotspots, mantle plumes, seismic discontinuities in the mantle, and supercontinent cycles. Also included is a graphic portrayal of the crust (both oceanic and continental), mantle, and core, as well as recent ideas as to how Earth systems interact with each other. In addition, the student can examine each of the major tectonic settings on Earth as well as track these settings into the past, some as far back as 4 Ga. College level.

Written by Kent C. Condie, Ph.D., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Illustrated by Dennis Tasa.


Our price: $59.00

Ready, Set, SCIENCE!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms
Ready, Set, SCIENCE!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms
ISBN-10: 0-309-10614-1
Size: 220 pages, 8 1/4 x 10
Publication Year:2007
Authors: Sarah Michaels, Andrew W. Shouse, and Heidi A. Schweingruber; National Research Council

Winner of the Association of Educational Publishers 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award

What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences?


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Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5
Authors: By Members of the 2005 "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Committee; Prepared for the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine

In the face of so many daunting near-term challenges, U.S. government and industry are letting the crucial strategic issues of U.S. competitiveness slip below the surface. Five years ago, the National Academies prepared Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a book that cautioned: "Without a renewed effort to bolster the foundations of our competitiveness, we can expect to lose our privileged position." Since that time we find ourselves in a country where much has changed--and a great deal has not changed.


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Science, Evolution, and Creationism
Science, Evolution, and Creationism
ISBN: 978-0-309-10586-6
Size: 88 pages, 8 x 10
Publication Year:2008
Authors: Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.


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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXV, Issue 3, Fall 2009
The Fall 2009 issue of The Earth Scientist includes a collection of Earth and Space Science articles for you, covering the current efforts to save Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain, student research into building design as it relates to earthquake damage, an exciting Earth Science project and resource from the United Kingdom, the third and final installment summarizing the results of NESTA’s membership survey, a classroom lab experiment to determine the composition of the Earth’s ancient atmosphere, and finally an update from the American Geological Institute (AGI) regarding their 12th annual Earth Science Week. This final article includes a 2009 Earth Science Week poster with the Theme “Understanding Climate” courtesy of AGI.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXV, Issue 4, Winter 2009
This special issue of The Earth Scientist, which focuses on Earth System science, was sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University TESSE Team. The issue features the work of middle and high school teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students who have participated in the TESSE program from 2006 - 2009. TESSE – Transforming Earth System Science Education – is an NSF-sponsored collaborative project among scientists and educators from the University of New Hampshire, Dillard University, Elizabeth City State University, and the Pennsylvania State University. The teachers and students whose works appear in this journal come from across the state of Pennsylvania and include veteran and new Earth Science teachers at both private and public schools.

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The Earth Scientist, Volume XXVI, Issue 1, Spring 2010

This very special issue ofThe Earth Scientist (our biggest ever!) is sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is focused on the world';s oceans. The articles, by teachers, scientists, and science educators from across the country, cover a range of topics - polar research, coral reefs, ocean acidification, air-sea interactions, climate research, the Census of Marine Life, ocean drilling, and information on cutting edge observatory initiatives. The issue contains a gorgeous full color, 2'x6' poster developed by the University of Washington's Center for Environmental Visualization illustrating ocean processes and observatories.


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