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North Carolina Division of Water Resources
"The Division administers programs for river basin management, water supply assistance, water conservation, and water resources development. The Division conducts special studies on instream flow needs and serves as the State liaison with federal agencies... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
NOVA scienceNOW
The timeliest developments and most intriguing personalities in science and technology are featured in this science magazine televised in five issues a year and published on this companion website. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: NOVA
Ocean Oasis
Sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum and PRONATURA, this website features comprehensive information about Mexico's Sea of Cortez and the Baja California Desert in english and spanish. The stunning content of this website focuses on how oasis's... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: San Diego Natural History Museum
OceanLink
OceanLink, an interactive marine science website, is a partnership between Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and several marine organizations, all committed to marine education. These pages contain information about many marine science topics,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Bamfield Marine Station
OceanWorld
Illustrated information about fisheries, weather, waves, icebergs, currents, coral reefs, and other oceanography topics with real time data and interactive quizzes. Includes a variety of tools for teachers and an online textbook for high school students. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Texas A&M University
The Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
Students can learn about watersheds and how to protect the nation's water resources. (Learn more)
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Provided by: EPA
A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming
Find out just what global warming is, how scientists study it, and how it affects weather and climate. This website will lead you through thousands of years of fascinating data and contains images of nature's climate documents: tree rings, polar ice cores,... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOAA
Schools Online
Fun and educational units for teaching elementary age students about horticulture, ecology, the environment, nutrition, and so much more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of Illinois Extension
Science Vocabulary Hangman
This addictive game takes on a new life on the Internet. Choose from dozens of thematic lists in math, genetics, astronomy, the scientific process, atoms, chemistry, the elements, meteorology, oceanography, state capitals, and more. Teachers can create their... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Jefferson Lab
SciJinks
Activities, quizzes, movies, and more about weather, seasons and other Earth science topics. To fully enjoy the activities and features on the site, free registration is required. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
The Seasonal Merry-Go-Round
An explanation of the Earth's seasons with information on the solstices and equinoxes. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
StormTrack: Your Official Hurricane Survival Guide
Everything you need to know about hurricanes, past and present from WRAL! Get the latest on developing storms or learn about past hurricanes that have struck NC territory. Get the basics on tornadoes and hurricanes and lots of advice about storm safety with... (Learn more)
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Provided by: WRAL TV
Tornadoes - Nature's Most Violent Storms
Find out what causes tornadoes to form and what the difference is between a tornado watch and a warning. This site answers these and other questions about these violent storms. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service
Unisys Weather: Hurricane/Tropical Data
Documenting each yearly season, you can find a map showing the paths of each hurricane in a particular year with data about the pressure, highest wind speed, date, and category. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Unisys Corporation
The USGS and Science Education
The whole Earth portal from the United States Geological Survey with links to satellite images, diagrams, text, teaching guides, an electronic field trip, and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: U.S. Geological Survey
Visible Earth
Earth images, mostly satellite. Most are satellite images, and some, such as the Environmental Impact images, are very effective in demonstrating human impact upon the environment. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
Weather - What Forces Affect Our Weather?
The forces behind the weather are explained and explored on this interactive and informative site. Data on ice and snow and photographs of various weather formations are available, along with activities like tornado chasing, and games and information about... (Learn more)
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Provided by: Annenberg Media
The Weather Classroom
The Weather Classroom offers teacher's guides, lesson plans and other teaching resources. (Learn more)
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Provided by: The Weather Channel
Web Weather for Kids: Hands-on activities for teaching atmospheric sciences
Weather activities for kids with games, stories, and instructions for creating all sorts of weather phenomenon within the classroom. There are activities and instructions for science projects and experiments related to weather, as well. A weather glossary... (Learn more)
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Provided by: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research UCAR
The Why Files
A webzine that focuses on the science behind the news.  You can read stories about current events and biology, earth & space, environment, health, physical science, social science, and technology.  There is a wide variety of information on the site due to... (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of Wisconsin