Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
The mission of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is to understand how planet Earth works, in all of its physical manifestations. There is an archive in information about sediment and rocks beneath the ocean floor at http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/CORE_REPOSITORY/RHP1.html.
Meteor Crater, Arizona
This is the Web site for the visitor's center of the Meteor Crater, located in the high grassland of northern Arizona. The newly remodeled Museum of Astrogeology includes displays on meteoritics and the mechanics of impact cratering. The Web site at http://www.meteorite.com_crater/m_c_hike.htm#trail provides a virtual hike at the rim. See http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/imagescrater.html for more excellent images of the crater.
This purpose of NASA is to understand and protect our home planet, to explore the universe and search for life, and to inspire the next generation of explorers. Click on Amazing Space to find Web-based activities for classroom use.
National Geographic has many resources for teachers at http://www.nationalgeographic.org/education.
Ocean Drilling Program
The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) is an international partnership of scientists and research institutions organized to explore the evolution and structure of Earth. ODP provides researchers around the world access to a vast repository of geological and environmental information recorded far below the ocean surface in seafloor sediments and rocks. By studying ODP data, the scientific community and world at large gain a better understanding of Earth's past, present, and future.
U.S. Department of Energy
Click on School at the U.S. Department of Energy home page to find Quick Links to energy topics.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a section entitled Educational Resources. There are many lesson plans at http://www.epa.gov/teachers/curriculumwater.htm, which explore water use, pollution, groundwater, and more.
U.S. Geological Survey
On the home page for the U.S. Geological Survey, click on Education and go to a section for students (which offers homework help), teachers (for lesson plans), and resources for anyone who is curious about science.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is dedicated to protecting Virginia's environment and promoting the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth. Go to http://www.deq.state.va.us/water for information on Virginia DEQ Water Programs. A list of resources for Virginia teachers is available at http://www.deq.state.va.us/education/frr.html#places. All states have environmental education materials available.
The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, which serves the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, has reported extensively on the discovery of the crater and its effects on the water supply.