Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science


Rocks and Minerals

  1. Mineral Resources: Mineralogy, databases...
  2. Marine Geology: The geology of the ocean floors

The Earth

  1. Maps and Mapping: Map reading, geological maps, map construction...
  2. California Geology: Resources for California teachers
  3. National Geophysical Data Center: National repository for geophysical data.
  4. Mission to Planet Earth (NASA): Human influence on the Earth

Imagery of the Earth

  1. USGS Aerial imagery: Global change, astrogeology, Terralook, etc.
  2. TheViisible Earth: Photos of Earth from space
  3. Earth Resources Observation Systems: LandSat photos of Earth
  4. Geodil: Geological Digital Image Library
  5. Google Maps: Select satellite view

Earthquakes & Tectonics

  1. National Earthquake Information Center: Good Introductory information on seismology
  2. Plot earthquakes - Flash file for dynamic plotting
  3. Recent Earthquakes (Maps): National Earthquake Information Service
  4. Southern California Earthquake Data Center: Seismological reports and teaching ideas
  5. Earthquake Information: United States Geological Survey
  6. Virtual Seismogram: Print a seismogram for a particular day and time.
  7. This Dynamic Earth: USGS online book on tectonics


  1. Volcano World: Useful information and links about volcanology
  2. Cascades Volcano Observatory: Volcanoes in the cascades plus links elsewhere


  1. USGS Water Resources: USGS water resource information
  2. Water Resources in California: Information from USGS
  3. EPA Water Resources: Environmental Protection Agency; information on water quality
  4. Locate Your Watershed: EPA maps on watersheds throughout the US
  5. Real-Time Water Data: Time Hydrologic data from USGS

Professional Organizations

  1. Education Organizations: Special insteres groups for the teaching geology
  2. The Geological Society of America: Professional organization of geologists