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Virtual Courseware for Earth and Environmental Science


Online interactive activities for earth science.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

http://vearthquake.calstatela.edu/

CONTENT:
This is an interactive site for middle and high school students that focuses on earthquakes, flooding, and global warming. The biology labs are subscription-based but there is plenty of free material here to warrant a visit.
SITE DESIGN:
This site is beautifully designed and well-organized. The front-page sitemap makes it simple to navigate to the various areas of the site. Flash Player is required.
 

REVIEW:
This site is supported in part by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the California State University System. It offers a series of online interactive activities designed to encourage students to make careful observations and measurements, do simple calculations, and answer questions about their work. Under the Geology Labs section, the Virtual Earthquake activity teaches students how seismic waves are used to determine the magnitude of an earthquake and how to locate its epicenter. Virtual Dating refers to geologic time and focuses on how geologists and archeologists determine the ages of rocks and ancient artifacts. Virtual River offers a series of interactive exercises to help students learn about the river processes such as discharge, flooding, flood frequency, erosion, and disposition, with questions that check for understanding as you move through the exercise.

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