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For Locals
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Updated: 27 June 2002

Links are provided for convenience only. Hyperlinks that Earthguide provides to external websites do not imply official Earthguide endorsement of, or responsibility for, the content contained on those sites. These are provided as a service to the user, and Earthguide does not retain editorial control over them. No endorsement of a product or a point-of-view should be inferred.


Science at Sea

Descent to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Join Scripps researcher, Dr. Donna Blackman, and the entire scientific team as they guide the deep submersible Alvin to probe the depths of the North Atlantic - exploring undersea mountains of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Earthguide, California Space Institute at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dive and Discover: Expeditions to the Seafloor
Join scientists as they dive to the mid-ocean ridge.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution and the National Science Foundation

Reading Earth History in Papua New Guinea
Join a "team of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, East Carolina University, The College of William & Mary, Penn State University, The University of Papua New Guinea and several other institutions are trying to understand Earth's history in the wet tropical islands of the southwestern Pacific Ocean."
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, East Carolina University, National Science Foundation, and the MARGINS program

Extreme 2001: A Deep Sea Odyssey
Join scientists as they dive to deep sea vents on the East Pacific Rise.
University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and Sea Grant College Program

Extreme 2000: Voyage to the Deep
Join scientists as they dive to hydrothermal vent sites in the Sea of Cortés off the west coast of Mexico.
University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and Sea Grant College Program

Nova: Into the Abyss
Site follows researchers at sea as they work to bring a piece of the mid-ocean ridge back to the surface from the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the North Pacific.
NOVA Online

Ocean Explorer
Follow along on a series of featured NOAA ocean expeditions.

For Locals

Places to Go

San Diego Region

Balboa Park
"Do you fancy photography, folk art or fossils? Are you crazy about cars, trains and planes? Or mad about Old Masters and maybe mummies? Batty for baseball? Or do you just get a kick out of critters like koalas and kangaroos?" - museums and fun in San Diego.

San Diego Zoo
Zoological Society of San Diego

Southern California

About California

California: the Dream and the Challenge in the Twenty-first Century
"California is more than a geographical or political state. It is also a state of mind, a way of life, and an evolving dream. The Governor asked noted author and State Librarian of California, Dr. Kevin Starr, to prepare a special essay on the Golden State, placing in context its history, culture, and people with the challenges and dreams of the new Millennium.",+The+Challenge
Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California

California as I Saw It
"Full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts. The collection covers the dramatic decades between the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century. It captures the pioneer experience; encounters between Anglo-Americans and the diverse peoples who had preceded them; the transformation of the land by mining, ranching, agriculture, and urban development; the often-turbulent growth of communities and cities; and California's emergence as both a state and a place of uniquely American dreams."
American Memory, Library of Congress

California Heritage Collection
"The California Heritage Collection is an online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Selected from nearly two hundred individual collections, this unique resource uses the latest online archiving techniques to highlight the rich themes of California's history. The California Heritage Collection is part of the Online Archive of California, a compilation of finding aids, or guides, to archival collections at more than 30 institutions."
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)
The California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments.
State of California

CSULB's Virtual Field Geology
Geologic tours of Southern California.
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

Wallace Creek Interpretative Trail
A geologic guide to the San Andreas fault at Wallace Creek.

California Department of Transportation
California Department of Transportation

San Diego Region

San Diego County Water Authority
Includes links to their educational materials for teachers and list of phone numbers for member agencies.

Alternative Futures for the Region of Camp Pendleton, California
This server provides links to geographic and other resources related to the Biodiversity Research Consortium's study of region of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Nice set of environmental maps.
Harvard College Graduate School of Design

San Diego's Ocean
Useful local informations such as tide predictions, surf cam, and much more.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library

Southern California

Seismic Hazards Mapping Program
California Geological Survey (formerly Division of Mines and Geology), California Department of Conservation


Image/Movie Libraries

Tools, toys, and other fun things to learn or teach earth science.
California Space Institute (CalSpace)

Image Collections of the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project
Images of California water resources, habitats, plants, and animals

Johnson Space Center Image Collection
Collection of Shuttle mission Earth-looking imagery and press release images from the manned space program, from Mercury to the STS-81 Shuttle mission.

NASA Photo Gallery
An attempt to bring many of NASA's still images to one location.

NOAA Photo Collection
Images related to oceanography and marine life

Photos of Luminous Organisms - The Bioluminescence Web Page
S. H. D. Haddock, C. M. McDougall, and J.F. Case, Case Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara
Movies of bioluminescent organisms.

Dominant Phytoplankton Taxa of the Arctic Seas
In Biological Atlas of the Arctic Seas 2000 - Plankton of the Barents and Kara Seas, International Ocean Atlas Series, Volume 2
National Oceanographic Data Center/NOAA

Visible Earth
A searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth.

Visualization of Remote Sensing Data
Images, movies, 3-D and virtual reality visualizations of Earth and hurricanes.
Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

Earth Observation Movie Studio
Movies of the Earth based on satellite sources. See global patterns of clouds, rain, snow/ice, and more.

Paleomap Project
Plate tectonic and paleoclimate animations.

Chime Models


Alexandria Digital Library
Links to science, computing, and technology educational sites useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth.
University of California, Santa Barbara

Map Libraries

American Memory
Map collections 1544-1999.
Library of Congress

Earth Sciences and Map Library
Online topo maps and links to other resources. Online maps are one component of this library.
University of California, Berkeley

Microsoft Terraserver
Internet access to USGS topo map, Ortho photo, and Spin2 imagery.

NOAA National Data Centers, NGDC
Global Relief Data and Images.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Perry-Castañeda Library Map College
Global and regional political, shaded-relief, historical, and other maps.
The University of Texas at Austin

Social Sciences and Humanities Library
Site emphasizes San Diego County and presents GIS components which include DEMs. Links to other maps also.

The Global Land One-km Base Elevation (GLOBE) Project
Maps of global elevation and bathymetry at 1-km resolution. Great general purpose basemaps.
National Geophysical Data Center/WDC-A for Solid Earth Geophysics Boulder, Colorado USA

The World Factbook 1999
World maps and basic country information.
Central Intelligence Agency

National Atlas of the United States ®
"This Atlas updates a large bound collection of paper maps that was published in 1970. Like its predecessor, this edition promotes greater national geographic awareness. It delivers easy to use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes. Unlike the previous Atlas, this version is largely digital."
Department of the Interior

Map Library
Collection and links to general, military, and historical maps.
Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School

 Note: for some of these news services, users may be required to reqister for free.
 Also see Resource Centers: Weather Plus+

Technology Review
"MIT's magazine of innovation". Their mission is "to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and their impact on business and society".
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Science in Print

Firsthand scientific results directly from scientists, for scientists.

Look under "Overheads" and you'll find overheads for key knowledge about the Earth's climate over the last 100,000 years, at glacial, historical, and modern time-scales. Overheads are in .pdf format.
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Core Project

Science on TV/Video/Web

Marine Bioluminescence: Secret Lights in the Sea
Video for purchase, length: 26 minutes
HARBOR BRANCH Oceanographic Marine Science Educational Series

California's Gold
Information about Huell Howser's educational shows on PBS covering California.

Many articles about living things at a microscope scale. Excellent images.

Website Lists

Tools, toys, and other fun things to learn or teach earth science.
California Space Institute (CalSpace) and Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO)

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Math and science resources - "ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning. ... The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) is located at The Ohio State University, and is funded through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement"

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Links to science, computing, and technology educational sites useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth.

Professional Growth

Science Education

Earth and space sciences activities resource for K-12
SAIC, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in the state of Washington, and the local school districts of Seattle, Bellevue, Northshore, and Lake Washington. NASA funds Athena as part of its Public Use Of Remote Sensing Data project.

EarthNet is a virtual resource centre of earth science resource information and contacts for teachers, home educators and students of all levels - elementary, junior and senior high school.
Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)

The ExplorerTM is a collection of educational resources (instructional software, lab activities, lesson plans, student created materials ... for K-12
Great Lakes Collaborative and University of Kansas UNITE group

NASA's Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data. We have pictures of the Earth, planets, stars, and other cool stuff, as well as the stories behind those images.

Virtual Courseware for Science Education
Interactive Web-based activities for the Life and Earth Sciences designed to enhance the learning and teaching of scientific principles at the undergraduate college and university level as well as at the high school AP level.
Gary A. Novak, California State University at Los Angeles

Digital Library for Earth System Education
"A library providing access to digital resources for learning about the Earth system, and an open, organized community of users."

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
"To promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."

Full-Option Science System
Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

Lesson Plans

Resources for K-12 Earth Science Educators
Geological Society of America

Public Resources

Science Museums

Resource Centers

Data Repositories

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
Centralized source for data related to the greenhouse effect and global climate change. This site contains both modern and paleoclimatic data.
Department of Energy

IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library
The International Research Institute for climate prediction (IRI), NOAA/Office of Global Programs, and Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory data distribution site

PAGES is the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Core Project. They provide a quantitative understanding of the Earth's past climate and environment. Not only does this site contain useful data for scientists, it provides overheads in .pdf format. For example, you can find a very nice overhead of the Vostok ice core record here. Look under "Publications"
PAGES is supported by the Swiss and US National Science Foundations and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

PANGAEA is an information system aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing data from Global Change research with special emphasis on paleoclimatic, marine and environmental sciences.
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany

The Delphi Project
Marine sediment core data, in particular oxygen and carbon isotope data, from a variety of different locations are available from this site.
Cambridge University

Data, documents and images from 822 expeditions by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1903 are becoming web-accessible through the new SIOExplorer project. Developing resource.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Global Land One-km Base Elevation (GLOBE) Project
The results of an international effort to develop a best-available global digital elevation model on a 1-kilometer grid.
Department of Energy

USDA Plants Database
The PLANTS Database is a single source of standardized information about plants. This database focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. The PLANTS Database includes names, checklists, automated tools, identification information, species abstracts, distributional data, crop information, plant symbols, plant growth data, plant materials information, plant links, references, and other plant information. PLANTS reduces costs by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
United States Department of Agriculture

National Climate Data Center
"World's largest archive of weather data".
National Climate Data Center, NOAA

National Geophysical Data Center
Contains bathymetry/topography, geomagnetism, habitat, hazards, ocean geosciences, paleoclimate, satellites, snow and ice, solar, space weather, and terrestrial data.
National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA

National Oceanographic Data Center
Contains chlorophyll, nutrient, ocean current, oxygen, plankton, salinity, sea level, temperature, and wave data, and more.
National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA

National Snow and Ice Data Center
"Archives and distributes digital and analog snow and ice data"
Established by NOAA


SOHO Explore Glossary
Terms related to the Sun and radiation.
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA


Firsthand scientific results directly from scientists, for scientists.

Professional Societies

Association of American State Geologists
Links to the state geological surveys in 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Earth Science Organizations
Links to earth science organizations in many countries.
Geology and Geophysics, The University of Calgary, Alberta

Research Institutions

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy

Research Programs

California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI)
CalCOFI has been collecting hydrographic and biological data from the southern California Borderland since 1949.

The INDOEX goal is to study natural and anthropogenic climate forcing by aerosols and feedbacks on regional and global climate.

NASA's global ocean color monitoring mission
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The TOPEX/Poseidon satellite measures global sea level
NASA Jet Propulsioni Laboratory (JPL)

Research Web Servers

" Cyanosite is dedicated to information transfer within the cyanobacterial research community. It is hoped that this site will eventually contain archives of experimental protocols, a multi-media phylogenetic tree, databases of known bluegreen algae genes and proteins, comprehensive bibliographic information, educational resources for college and secondary school teachers, general information about blue-green algae, and links to other cyanobacterial, prochlorophyte, and cyanelle sites on the WWW."

Weather Plus+

National Weather Service Homepages
Links to all of the National Weather Service homepages in the United States. These sites contain local forecasts, official weather statements, precipitation products, etc.

Near Real Time Earthquake List
List and map of most recent earthquakes across the world.
U. S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center

Recent Earthquakes in California
U. S. Geological Survey, UCB, CalTech, UCSD, UNR

The Earth in Near Real Time
Global cloud cover, earthquakes, sea surface temperature, global biosphere, global water vapor, and more.
Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum

U.S. Drought Monitor
USDA, NOAA, National Drought Mitigation Center

Legislation and more

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
"Text from the UNFCCC Third Conference of the Parties (FCCC/CP/1997/L.7/Add.1; 10 December 1997)."
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Text of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. "The landmark international treaty unveiled at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio Summit) in June 1992."

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer
Current text of the agreement which was initially agreed upon on 16 september 1987.
United Nations Environment Programme, The Ozone Secretariat

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
Includes Preliminary Report of the Commission "with detailed findings and recommendations for a coordinated, and comprehensive national ocean policy."
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

California Coastal Act
The California Coastal Act "was enacted by the State Legislature in 1976 to provide long-term protection of California's 1,100-mile coastline for the benefit of current and future generations. The Coastal Act created a unique partnership between the State (acting through the California Coastal Commission) and local government (15 coastal counties and 58 cities) to manage the conservation and development of coastal resources through a comprehensive planning and regulatory program. The 1976 Act made permanent the coastal protection program launched on a temporary basis by a citizens' initiative that California voters approved in November 1972 (Proposition 20 -- the "Coastal Conservation Initiative")."
California Coastal Commission


©1999-2002 by the Regents of the University of California.
All rights reserved.
Updated: 27 June 2002