Earth Science Related Web Sites

Planetary Geology & Space

Miscellaneous Earth Science/Geology Webs

  • Includes geology and Earth science news and special topics. Links to other sites, reference maps, satellite images and regional information.
  • California Geological Survey Includes a variety of information including an interactive "California Geotour," Hazardous Minerals page and "Kids GeoZone." Great teacher resource center.
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG) General information related to geography, including career information.
  • Earth Science World Image Bank A service provided by the American Geological Institute (AGI). This ImageBank is designed to provide quality geoscience images to the public, educators, and the geoscience community.
  • Michigan Tech Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences Department
    • UPSeis (pronounced "up size") is a program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more about the planet we live on and how it works.
    • Aurora Page A source for information, links and images about the "Northern Lights"
  • NASA Earth Observatory A one-stop source for the latest news on Earth science research. Feature stories, images, animations, and NASA news announcements, summaries of headline news, listings of new published research, and more are here and are updated each week.
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis Part of the Science Education Partnership with Oregon State University. Information is aimed at teachers.
  • Nevada Seismological Laboratory Everything related to earthquakes and plate tectonics. Great detailed graphics.
  • Plate Tectonics A link from the geology department at UC Berkeley. Includes history of plate tectonics, as well as descriptions of tectonic processes. "The coolest that is shows animated pictures of how our world looks like at certain years."
  • National Park Service General information on national parks as well as a "Park Geology Tour." Links to minerals management programs and "GeoScientists-in-the-Parks Jobs" as well.
  • Discovery Channel Guide to programming, plus videos, games and interactive articles.
  • World of Amber Everything about amber.
  • Surfline Surf reports from around the world.
  • Interesting format with lots of activities on a variety of topics.


  • Smithsonian Science & Technology A unique website..."it takes geology outside the box of science and places it into a new perspective by providing everyday information..." Links include "blasts from the past" "volcanoes of the world" and "a gem of a story".
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Great mineral site, and lots of other earth science topics.
  • Virtual Museum of Minerals & Molecules View and rotate a variety of minerals and molecules. There are two museum "wings" at this site: minerals and organic molecules. This site is worth the effort of getting the free plug-in to view the animations. The animations are not visible with recent versions of Netscape. Use Explorer. The site is a winner of the 2003 Scientific American Web Awards.
  • Exploratorium Website from San Francisco's museum of science.
  • Boston Museum of Science Includes many features relating to science, including activities and educator resources. "Looking at the Sea," which investigates sonar, was a particular favorite.

Oceanography/Marine Science

  • Tsunami From the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences. General information about tsunamis, their causes and history, as well as what to do in case of a tsunami.
  • National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science A part of NOAA focusing on Coastal Ocean Science, including ecosystems, fisheries, pollution, and climate change.
  • Coral Reef Conservation Program Sponsored by NOAA, the program supports effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems.
  • NOAA El Nino Page Subsite of NOAA that discusses El Nino and La Nina. Forecasts, graphics and great animations.
  • NOAA Center for Tsunami Research Tsunami forecasting, research, and monitoring.

Weather & Climate Webs

  • The Weather Channel Weather forecasts and links to weather- and fire- related information.
  • National Weather Service Weather information, storm warnings, models.
  • NOAA home page Links to weather, ocean, climate, environmental and related stories and research.

  • Stormtrack Storm chaser resource...latest news in storms.
  • Hurricanes Subsite of University of Illinois...An online meteorology guide.
  • Hurricanes for kids A FEMA site with great information about weather and hurricanes
  • Clouds Cloud descriptions and information on cloud formation.
  • The Weather Dude All things weather... Ask a question, take a quiz and more.


  • Volcano World Hosted by the University of North Dakota, the site has a list of current volcanic activity with links to other volcano-related sites. Highly recommended as "the information provided is reinforced by wonderful pictures and visual aids." Also a good resource for teachers!
  • Alaska Volcano Observatory Provides information related to volcanic activity in Alaska. A collaboration of the USGS, Univ. of Alaska, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
  • Michigan Tech University Volcanoes Page Lots of volcano information. Sections include Volcanic Hazards Mitigation, Central American Volcanoes and Volcanic Humor (cartoons).
  • Volcanoes: Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions? From the Annenberg/CPB organization
  • Volcano news and information and features on volcanoes around the world.
  • SuperVolcano Information related to Discovery Channel's feature film on Yellowstone with other supplementary educational materials.