Common Questions and Myths about Glaciers
Land Use History of North America
How do environmental changes effects our future habitability and living quality.
The Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information
Provides real-time information about various hazards.
Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies
Investigation and reports of the extent and causes of coastal impacts of hurricanes and extreme storms on the coasts of the United States.
Mapping Coastal Change Hazards
An illustrated discussion of coastal change hazards and the work that the U.S. Geological Survey is doing to map and understand these hazards.
Coasts in Crisis
Teach young kids about corals, wetlands, and hurricanes.
Navassa Island: A Photographic Tour
Several thematic photographic tours of the Caribbean island of Navassa, compiled from photographs.
A monthly online newsletter of Coastal Science and Research news from across the Bureau
A Photo Gallery of Florida's Big Bend Tidal Wetlands
Photo gallery of the Gulf of Mexico Tidal Wetlands research project at the USGS Center for Coastal Geology, St. Petersburg, Florida
Virtual Field Trip
Take a virtual field trip to that area along the west-central Florida coast.
Earthquake Hazards Program
Provide and apply relevant earthquake science information and knowledge.
Kids' Earthquake Glossary
Aerial Photographic Gallery
Find aerial photos and landstat images of places, space, hazardous locations, and weather.
Global Environment Outlook 2000
Read reports on what had happened to our environment in year 2000. Report is also available in multiple languages.
Pachamama: Our Earth - Our Future
Teach kids to learn to establish a personal relationship with our Mother, the Earth, and to care for her in the same way that we do for our friends and family.
Earthshots is a collection of Landsat images and text, designed to show environmental changes and to introduce remote sensing.
This kids' education software teaches children the basics about coal. Downloadable online.
Earth Surface Dynamics
Source for ground-based and remotely sensed earth-science data and information used by global-change researchers; assesses of the potential effects of global change on society.
Climatic variability can potentially affect the ecosystems, landscape, water resources, and society of the Southwest. Papers in this section examine aspects of these potential impacts.
National Seismic Hazard Mapping Program
View seismic map images.
Debris-Flow Hazards in the United States
Learn what causes debris flow and how it affects us.
Reducing the Risk From Geomagnetic Hazards
This factsheet describes how and why magnetic storms occur.
Activities to Explore Acid Rain and Building Stones
This 38-page report provides 12 activities for students to explore the effects of acid rain on building stones.
Selected References on Fossils and Paleontology
List of publications, visual, audio, and educational materials.
Information on Fossils and Fossil Collecting
Contains links to information about fossils.
Selected References On Rocks, Minerals, And Gemstones
A list of publications, audios, visuals, and educational materials.
Bedrock Geology and Photo Gallery
Learn about metamorphic sedimentary rocks and see photos.
Contains images of rocks, fossils, sinkholes, landscapes, and maps.
Paleontology at USGS
Learn about the different types of fossils, how they lived, and how they are used to answer important questions about the world we inhabit.
Books & Other Publications
These pages contain listings of online USGS books, reports, and pamphlets.
Geologic and mineral resource surveys and mapping for the Department of the Interior.
USGS Geology in Parks
Learn geology basics from touring the national parks.
How Vulnerable Are Seattle Area Lifelines?
Lifelines, such as roads and electrical lines, and earthquake hazards in the greater Seattle area.
The Western Earth Surface Processes Team
Provide the geologic information required to understand the interactions among humans, plants, animals, air, water, soil, and rock on the Earth's surface region.
Surviving a Tsunami—Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan
This booklet informs how tsunami occurs and draws strategies from survival stories. Only available in PDF.
A demonstration of seismology for teachers and students that can be used to expand lessons in earth science, physics, math, social studies, and geography.
How to Build a Model Illustrating Sea-Floor Spreading and Subduction
Science project for students.
Significant Floods in the United States During the 20th Century
Contains a list of significant floods in the U.S. during the 20th century, plus types of floods.
Learn the basics of landslides and recent landslide events.
View photos of landslides.
Features That May Indicate Catastrophic Landslide Movement
How to watch out for possibilities of landslides.
Scientists in Action
News about careers in the natural sciences -- from mapping the planets to sampling the ocean floor, from protecting wildlife to forecasting volcanic eruption.s
Media for Science
Photo collections of maps, natural disasters, and activities at the USGS.
Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Contains abundant information about coasts, beaches, storms, and marine life.
Earth Science Photographs
Search for rocks, minerals, national parks, monuments, and other geologic images from the photo archive of the USGS.
Understanding Our PlanetThrough Chemistry
USGS site shows how chemists and geologists use analytical chemistry to study Earth.
Mineral Resources Program
Information on the occurrence, quality, quantity, and availability of mineral resources
Statistics and information on the worldwide supply, demand, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.
An overview of production of gemstones in the U.S.
Fun Facts About Rocks and Minerals
Contains interesting information on daily use of minerals and rocks.
Panoramic Photographs of Glacier National Park
Gallery of panoramic photographs taken from fire lookout stations in Glacier National Park, Montana during the 1930's.
Landslide Hazards in Glacial Lake Clays - Tully Valley, New York
This factsheet describes the landslide hazard at Tully Valley, New York.
Acid Rain and Our Nation's Capital: A Guide to Effects on Buildings and Monuments
Defines acid rain, explains what effects it has on marble and limestone buildings, and shows through a walking tour some of the places in our Nation's capital where you can see the impact of acid precipitation.
Learn about different types of rocks and how to identify and collect them.
Our Changing Continent
Compares the geological changes of the continent of North America through the ages.
Deserts: Geology and Resources
Describes various types of desert; including extraterrestrial deserts, illustrates various desert features and eolian (wind) processes, and discusses the use of remote sensing in studying deserts and the process of desertification.
Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction
Do you ever ask "Where did dinosaurs live?" and "Why did dinosaurs grow so big?" Find out here and more!
This 20-page booklet explains the nature and causes of earthquakes. Describes techniques used to detect, record, measure, and predict seismic disturbances.
The San Andreas Fault
This 17-page booklet defines the San Andreas Fault and also discusses earthquake magnitude and intensity.
The Severity of an Earthquake
Earthquakes are the result of forces deep within the Earth's interior that continuously affect the surface of the Earth. The energy from these forces is stored in a variety of ways within the rocks.
Fossils, Rocks, and Time
USGS publication on the Earth's geologic history.
Basic information about gemstones.
USGS publication on the Earth's geologic time.
Glaciers: Clues to Future Climate
The relationships between glaciers and climate changes.
Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes: Past, Present, and Future
The volcanic history of the Hawaiian Islands with dramatic, color photographs and diagrams and informative text on Hawaiis active shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea.
Volcanic and Seismic Hazards on the Island of Hawaii
This booklet provides information for the residents of Hawaii so they may effectively deal with the special geologic hazards of the island.
Man Against Volcano: The Eruption on Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
This 28-page booklet discusses the impact of the 1973 volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the island of Heimaey. (In PDF format.)
Glimpses of the Ice Age from I-81
Know about block fields -- a geologic feature that originated from the Ice Age.
The Great Ice Age
Learn about a period of recurring widespread glaciations on earth. (In PDF format.)
The Interior of the Earth
Understand Earth's structure and composition.
Monitoring Active Volcanos
How scientists track volcanic movements.
The Mountain That Moved
Brochure about several largest landslides in the world. (In PDF format.)
The Geologic Story of the Ocoee River
The geologic story of the rocks exposed along the Ocoee River in Polk County, east Tennessee.
Article on communicating effectively the results of geologic work to the public in a way that can be understood and used.
History and basics of gold.
Prospecting for Gold in the United States
Building Stones of Our Nation's Capital
Describes the source and appearance of many of the stones used in building Washington, D.C.
Volcanoes of the United States
This 44-page booklet describes the principal volcanoes in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Cascades Mountain Range that have erupted during the last few hundred years. Also summarizes recent events at active calderas in California and Wyoming.
Fire and Mud: Eruptions and Lahars of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines
Know all about the eruption history, impacts of the eruption, rocks, and lahars of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
Eruptions of Mount St. Helens: Past, Present, and Future
Highlights the eruptive history of this composite volcano, reviews its activity since its awakening in 1980, and speculates about its behavior in the future.
Eruptions of Mount St. Helens: Past, Present, & Future
Highlights the eruptive history of this Mount St. Helens.
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
This colorfully illustrated 77-page booklet complements the "This Dynamic Planet" poster and describes in detail the various aspects of plate tectonics.
Exploring Earthquakes: Online Glossary
USGS by State
Find geological, biologcial, mineral, and water information; also maps and streamflow of each State of U.S.
The Geology of Radon
Present information about radon, how it forms, where it comes from, how it moves, and how to estimate its amount in an area.
South Florida Information Access
Provides geological and biological information for the South Florida region.
South Florida Virtual Tour
View beautiful habitat, plants, and animals of South Florida.
A Tapestry of Time and Terrain
View earth surfaces through digital collage of geology and topography maps.
TerraWeb for Kids
Satellite and sonar images, remote-sensing education, and activities for kids!
USGS Volcano Hazards Program
A comprehensive overview of the U.S. Geological
Description of Program Videos
A list of videos produced by USGS
Photo Glossary of Volcano Terms
A picture speaks a thousand words. Learn volcano terms with images and photos.
Cascades Volcano Observatory
Focuses on hazards, activity, history, and monitoring of volcanoes, with emphasis on volcanoes of the Western United States.
Volcano and Hydrologic Hazards, Features, and Terminology
Contains detailed background info and photos of volcanic features and terms.
Current Volcanic Activity
Contains a list of sites with real-time volcano monitoring.
Photo Archives of Volcanoes
Numerous photos of various volcanoes, live images, eruption features, volcanic monitoring equipments, and more...
VolcanoCams Around the World
"Live" views of volcanoes from around the world, including Europe and Japan.
Get your geological questions answered by geologists
Coastal and Marine Geology: Education & Outreach
Links to classroom activities and other education information.
Tsunamis and Earthquakes
General information on how earthquakes generate tsunamis and summaries of tsunami research using animations and VRML models
Floods and Flood Plains
Contains general background information on floods.
Hazards Fact Sheets
Documentations and reports of natural disasters.
The Chesapeake Bay Bolide: Modern Consequences of an Ancient Cataclysm
Find out about bolides, or extraterrestrial bodies, and the impacts they have on earth.
Geologic History of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
History and animals of Cape Cod, from the Great Ice Age to today.
Geologic History of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Describes the glacial formation of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the ever-changing shore as the Cape adjusts to the rising sea.
USGS Teacher's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area Map
Teaching guide to describe the gravity and magnetic fields of the Bay area; discusses how earth scientists use gravity and magnetism to "see" beneath surface of the Earth.
Illustrates, through computer animation and a paper model, why caves develop in limestone.
Informative page on how glaciers grow and various types. Contains a gallery of illustrations and photos.
What Are Volcano Hazards?
Understand how volcanoes endanger us.
Popular Beach Disappears Underwater in Huge Coastal Landslide
Fact sheet documents how a landslide happened.
Earthquake ABC: A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings
A pictorial glossary for young kids with a complementary parents guide.
Agate Fossil Beds
Produced by National Park Service's Division of Publication, this book provides a glimpse of that time, long before the arrival of man, when now-extinct creatures roamed the land which we know today as Nebraska.
Effects of Fire in the Northern Great Plains
A literature review concerning fire effects on the grassland biome of the Northern Great Plains, with special emphasis on the use of fire for wildlife management.
Wetland Science Lesson Plans
Provides lesson plans that focus upon topics ranging from wetlands science to microscopy to graphing calculators.
Making a World of Difference
Records recent USGS contributions to the Nation.
An earth-science educational tool for students between the ages of 10 and 14.
Earthquakes and Other Natural Hazards
Learn about earthquakes and other hazards and find out how to prepare for these hazards.
USGS Hurricanes and Coastal Storm Websites
Links to USGS sites that are related to hurricanes and storms.
A collection of photographs that creates six tours that focus on different aspects of science and include: Magnificent Waterways, Phenomenal Landscapes, Wonderful Wildlife, Changing Worlds, Earth Scientists, and Popular Products.
Science Challenge Questions and Answers
A collection of 196 questions and answers addressing earth and planetary science topics.
Student Employment Web Site
Information about the USGS and its programs, student employment options, major occupations and their qualifications, salaries, benefits, career fair tips and interviewing techniques are located on the USGS Student Employment Web Site.
Links to various hazards reports, including earthquake, volcanoes, flood, landslides, wildfire, wildlife diseases, geomagnetism, and coastal storms and tsunamis.
Wildland Fire Research
Find out how wildland fire affects the environment.
Fire Ecology Research
To restore more normal fire dynamics to a particular region, managers need to know how fire has historically affected the local system, and how it functions today. See research reports here.
Flagstaff Field Center
Reports of various geoscience studies.
Animations include plate tectonics, gas, oil, and more.
Park Geology Teacher's Features
Teaching geology with national park examples.
Park Geology Tour of National Parks
Learn geology through online tour of national parks.
Windows to the Universe
Fun and intriguing site about the earth and space sciences.
Geologic Photo Search
Search photos of national parks.
A Model of Sea-Floor Spreading Teacher's Guide
Make a paper model illustrating the concept of sea-floor spreading.
Playtime for Kids
Connects to a bunch of exciting online games!
Earth Science Classroom Activities
Classroom activities on geology-related subjects for grades k-3.
The Fragile Fringe
Lesson plans and activities to teach students about wetlands.
More Than Skin Deep
A teacher's guide to caves.
NOAA Photo Library
Contains a vast variety of pictures from animals to landscape, the Arctic to China, space to ocean, historical art to satellite images and more.
Photo Library of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Find photos and images of wildlife, environment, fishery, landscape, ships, space, weather, and much more!
New Millennium Observatory Education Page
Features a curriculum for high school and middle school students based on the daily reports from expedictions at sea and NeMo results.
The EarthPulse Center
Interactive learning tool for earthquake location, magnitude, distribution and forecasting.
Connects to a library of online lessons.
Glacier National Park
Take an electronic field trip to the crown jewel of the Rockies.
Museum of Paleontology
Learn about fossils and earth history through background information and collection of fossils. Contains activities for both the classroom and students.
Learning From the Fossil Record
Fun education site about paleontology and earth-science.
Science activities for teachers and students. Topics include earth science, bioscience, physcial science, computers, and more.
Franklin Institute Earth Science Resources
Links page to abundant geology resources onlines.
Photo Gallery of Mount St. Helens
View over 190 photos of Mount St. Helens' landscape and wildlife before and after eruption.
Learn about the people doing research in Antarctica, what it's like there and how their research is important. Learn also how glaciers work in a series of lesson plans.
GLOBE: Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environments Education Program
Teachers and students -- help scientists by sending your scientific data and observations to their data archive.
Geostationary Satellite Server
NOAA's real-time satellite weather images.
IRIS Education and Outreach
Geology education page for teachers self learners.
Mineralogical Society of America
Contain articles on mineralogy and activities for kids.
See how and where you can collect rocks.
Official State Geologic Symbols
Find out your state rock, mineral, gem, and fossil, and learn more about them.
Mineralogy 4 Kids
Learn about minerals and play games.
A forum where real mineralogists answer your questions.
E-cards of Natural Disasters
Send e-cards on images of volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides.
World-Wide Tropical Cyclone Names
What's in a name? Find out the reserved names for hurricanes and typhoons.
National Hurricane Center: Tropical Prediction Center
Contains recent and historical storm information, weather forecast, maps, and satellite images.
National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration Homepage
Come here to learn about global weather, oceans, fisheries, and view real-time information.
American Geological Insititute Education
Produce innovative inquiry-based curriculum for K-12 earth science education.
Athena, Earth and Space Science
K-12 education page for teachers and students.
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management administers 264 million acres of public lands containing natural, historical, cultural, recreational, and economic resources.
Geo Mysteries with Rex, the Dino Detective
Fun and interactive geologic site for kids.
Post Card Tours of National Parks
View national parks from post card images.
Photo Library Resources
Link to various image galleries from the Department of Interior.
Earth Science Activities
Contains classroom activities including creating a model of the Earth's interior, identifying minerals, and more.
Kids Game Page
Have a blast with FEMA's online games, stories, and hands-on activities!
Informative site about forces that cause eruptions, quakes, and floods.
A Teacher's Guide to the Geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Contains information and classroom activities about plate tectonics, volcanoes, hot spots, mantles, lava, and more.
SCEC Earthquake Education Module
Site for high school- and undergraduate-level students. Contains info, graphics, and activities that explain how earthquakes happen.
Tectonic Plates Education Module
Contains information, animations, and student activities about tectonic movements of the Earth's surface.
Image Gallery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Find images of fishes, wildlife, duck stamps, landscapes, and more.
This Planet Really Rocks
Know all the basics about rocks and rock collecting.
Echo the Bat
Understand light, remote sensing, and biodiversity.
Global Change Master Directory
A comprehensive directory of information about global change, such as global warming.
Earth from Space: Astronauts' Views of the Home Planet
Search photos taken from space from a database of over 375,000 images.