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Logo Latest seismic activity for Los Angeles and Orange County

Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)
Information about volcanoes: facts, figures, photos, research, history, definitions, and descriptions.

Destination Earth - Nasa
The officia website for Nasa Earth science. A Wealth of information about our planet

Earth Fact Sheet
Physical parameters of the Earth, its orbit, magnetosphere, and atmosphere.

Earth's Active Volcanoes
Encyclopedia/almanac-type information about individual volcanoes, including photographs. The entries are quite extensive, and include a narrative account of the volcano's history of eruptions.

Earth Quake Central - Orange County Register
Contains links to the USGS, Caltech.  Maps of most Recent earthquakes, locally and world wide. Alsos contains tips for safety, earthquake zones, types of faults and faults in the area you live. 

Earth Net

EarthNet is a virtual resource centre of earth science resource information and contacts for teachers, home educators and students of all levels - elementary, junior and senior high school. EarthNet contains predominantly Canadian earth science material, but resources from the United States and elsewhere are included.

Earthquake Info from the U.S.G.S.
Includes maps and statistics on the earthquakes. There is also information on reducing earthquake hazards, seismographic studies, as well as data centers all with numerous links to other web sites.
Seismo Cam -Los Angeles California (Includes Links to other Earthquake sites)

Extreme Science
"Read about "the biggest, baddest and the best" in the natural world are, and get introduced to the "way cool scientists" who study these extreme critters. It's a great site for kids (both in age and at heart), who will be
educated and entertained by such features as the 'Biggest, Smallest, Fastest, Deepest: Marine Animal Records.'"

Gemology & Lapidary Pages
"A comprehensive introduction to gemology and gemcutting."

Geology and Geologic Time  - U.C. Berkeley
An introduction to geological time and the corresponding animal and plant life associated with each stage in the earth's evolution.


Geological and Geophysical Databases, Information, and GIS Map Server
"This page is designed to provide information, data, and maps for scientists, students and for those who are interested in the geological sciences. The information here is updated regularly. Although this information server is designed for the entire globe, there are regions of special interest, such as the Middle East and North Africa,
where more detailed data sets can be obtained."


"Original resources, links and an Internet meeting place for anyone interested in mineral exploration."


Great Globe Gallery on the World Wide Web
Examples of the Globe`s presentations from various Internet sources. This collection consists of the different maps and
planiglobes, thematic and historical maps, cartographic nets in various projections (including equal-area as well as conformal
ones), satellite images and artificial globes, icons and artistic visions as well as movies.

Historical Geology
Course developed by for the use of students and faculty in the University System of Georgia.  Includes web resources for the following subcategories:

  1. Introduction to Historical Geology
  2. Geologic Time -Age of the Earth and radiometric dating
  3. Sedimentary rocks
  4. Paleontology Fossils - Invertebrate Fossil Phyla,   Fossil Preservation
  5. Evolution
  6. Plate Tectonics
  7. Origin of the earth
  8. Precambrain, Paleozoic, Mesozic, and Cenozoic


An Introduction to Quantitative Geomorphology
"Electronic version of popular geomorphology book and various other online resources of interest to geomorphologists."


Life Along the Fault Line
"Commemorating the Loma Prieta earthquake, which shook the Bay Area on a warm world-series evening ten years ago, the site features personal recollections, images, and video; a history of the 1906 quake told with evocative black and white photographs; and an introduction to topics in earthquake engineering, architecture, prediction, and preparedness."


Lists and Maps of Recent Earthquakes
Areas covered are Western Wyoming/Southeast Idaho, Western Colorado, Western United States, and World Wide.


The Living Almanac of Disasters
Almanac of famous or noteworthy fires, earthquakes, and accidents (train wrecks, airplane crashes), organized by date.


Marine Sediment and Rock Data
"NGDC's Marine Geology and Geophysics global marine sediment and hardrock databases aim at serving as the international focal point for marine geology data management. All data are in the international public domain, available globally to any interested individual or group. On-line searches of NGDC's data holdings and an index to seafloor samples (cores, grabs, dredges, and drill samples) available for futher study from other institutions are offered, along with direct download of many data files. Among the databases searchable on-line are the Marine Geology Data & ReportsThe Index to Marine Geological SamplesSearches of Marine Geology Data & InventoriesSediment Thickness of the World OceansOcean Drilling DataMarine Minerals Data


NASA Observatorium
A public access site for Earth and space data. We have pictures of the Earth, planets, stars, and other cool
stuff, as well as the stories behind those images." Searchable.


Oceanographic & Earth Science Institutions Directory
Hosted by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, this site provides a comprehensive directory of Oceanography Institutions on the Web. Federal, State and private institutions are listed. "This directory is
selective for SIO's information needs & is in three parts due to length. Institutional resources vary. You can find departmental descriptions, personnel directories, event calendars, research activities, program summaries,
datasets & image servers, technical publications, etc."

Plate Tectonics - from U.C. Berkeley
This Website explains the history of our new understanding of the Earth and provides a brief overview of the
theories behind it. Includes Plate Tectonics animations, quicktime movies and AVI files to show how the
continents have changed position over time.

Savage Earth
Articles "explain the science behind volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, and feature original animations that illustrate the action of these natural phenomena. You can also Ask the Experts your questions, and explore other Savage Sites on the Web."


United States Geological Survey
Primarily information about USGS who are the creators of the well known set of topographical maps. Directories for the agency's personnel and products are available here, and descriptions of USGS activities and mapping methods. Also of interest are Earth Science issues documents which provide synopses of geoscience issues.


University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
This site provides extensive on-line exhibits and educational units that illustrate the history of life on Earth.
An on-line catalog provides access to the Museum's enormous collections, which are ranked 4th in
America in size. Also, see the kinds of research facilities a paleontologist uses.


The Volcano Information Center (VIC)
This site informs internet users about volcanoes, volcanic eruptions, and volcanic hazards in laymen's terms. Information may be accessed by subjects like names, hazards, eruptions, processes, forms, flows, fallout, sedimentation, and avalanches. Links to references, related sites, and biographical sketches of volcano
scientists are included. Connections to technical information are labeled for advanced users. Volcano World Provides various kinds of information about volcanos, including "update on
volcanic activity," "how volcanos work," how to becomes a volcanologist," etc. Pictures of worldwide
volcanos are available.

Solar Views - Plantet Earth
Views of the Solar system and planets  in English, Spainish, Portuguese, French and German.  Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar
system and beyond. Solar Views is a member of the Space Media Network.

World-Wide Earthquake Locator
Provides basic information about earthquakes, including magnitude, depth and the map of the location, within hours of occurrence.

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