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Rock Cycle


The Rock Cycle is one of the fundamental cycles of nature that enables our planet to support life. Check out how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on. To learn more, visit The Rock Cycle.

"No Child Left Inside"


The American Geological Institute has developed an educator's guide for organizing "No Child Left Inside" Day in local schools and communities. This online resource provides 10 outdoor activities, information on how to plan your NCLI Day event, and classroom follow up activities. Click here to download a copy of the NCLI Day educator's guide.

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GeoFORCE - next generation geoscientists

See how the Jackson School of Geosciences takes some of the brightest high school students from across Texas and teaches them college-level earth sciences in diverse field locations like Mount St. Helens and the Grand Canyon.

Connecting Geosciences
and Planet Earth to Society


The images of rivers spilling over their banks and washing away entire towns, buildings decimated to rubble by the violent shaking of Earth's plates, and molten lava flowing up from inside Earth's core are constant reminders of the power of the Earth. Whether it is from a short-term weather event like El NiƱo, longer-term processes like plate tectonics or a combination of both long and short term events such as global climate change, earth processes affect us all.

By 2011, the world's population is forecast to reach 7 billion. If we are to continue to maintain a high quality of life, we need to delve much more deeply into our planet -- its processes, its resources and its environment. As the role of geoscience in meeting society's needs continue to grow, we see all sectors of society - government, private industry, and individuals - turning to geoscience to understand some of the most important challenges of our time. A geoscience-literate society can assist in improving the quality of life for all as we strive to understand how earth processes interact to affect the health, safety, and well being of the world around us.

Here are a few things which we can attribute to the study of Geoscience and the Planet Earth. Can you imagine a life without...

New Report Sets Forth Principles of Earth Science Literacy

Earth's rocks and other materials provide a record of its history. Our solar system formed from a vast cloud of gas and dust 4.6 billion years ago. Earth's crust has two distinct types: continental and oceanic.

These and other concepts are the major ideas of Earth science that all citizens should know, according to a newly released report--Earth Science Literacy Principles: The Big Ideas and Supporting Concepts of Earth Science--funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI).

JOIDES Resolution

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 324 - The Shatsky Rise (in the Western Pacific Ocean): Some of the most fundamental questions of modern geodynamics relate to the process of mantle convection and its impact on Earth's surface through volcanism. Travel with the JOIDES Resolution scientific ocean drilling vessel to the Shatsky Rise where scientists are collecting data to test hypotheses related to ocean plateau formation. During Expedition 324 the crew on the JR are coring ~800 m of igneous basement at five sites on Shatsky Rise to examine the history, source(s), and evolution of this plateau.

Navajo uranium miners at Rico mine in
1953. Photo by Ralph Leubben, courtesy
of Doug Brugge/Memories Come
To Us In the Rain and the Wind.

Impacts of Resource Development on Native American Lands

This collection contains an assortment of digital resources relevant to exploring Native American land and resource development by using investigative case studies. We will systematically take an Earth System approach to understand resource development on Native American lands.

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