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EARTH Resources

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If you ever come across Web resources, news articles, or other educational materials that you would like to see added to the EARTH Web site, please email them to Jennifer Magnusson.

Lesson Plan Development

Lesson Plan Template—MS Word
NGSS Checklist
Ocean Literacy Standards Checklist

Standards & Key Concepts

Teaching Tools

Science Process Skills

Other Lesson Plan programs


  • Live Daphnia culture at Hometrainingtools
  • Plastic fish models at Tapirback
  • Sea Soup books
  • Giant Microbes—stuffed models of your favorite microbes!

Audio Visual Resources

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  • MBARI Images and Video
    This link from the Data and Images section gives browsers a peek at a few of the incredible organisms they might see in the Monterey Canyon.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium—Deep Sea
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s section on the deep sea is full of adaptation information and a list of some of the species MBARI scientists see in the Monterey Canyon, as well as a virtual dive!
  • Animal Diversity Web
    Created by the University of Michigan’s Department of Zoology, this site has lots of information about different groups of animals, as well as a section for teachers/instructors that includes some great teaching ideas.
  • The “Nuts and Bolts” of Taxonomy and Classification
    Provides background information on what exactly these two subjects are and provides a simple activity to do with your students.
  •—Animal Classification
    This lesson on classification by the Discovery Channel is aimed at grades 3–5, but is easily adaptable to suit older or younger grades.
  • MBARI Midwater Research
    Includes information about current MBARI research projects and the scientists that explore the ocean realm between the surface and the ocean floor.
  • Monsters of the Deep
    This site leads viewers through an underwater exploration of the curious creatures of the deep sea.

Dead Zones




Harmful Algal Blooms



Winogradsky Columns

Biological Oceanography

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General Oceanographic Info

Nutrient Cycles

Primary Productivity

Ocean Acidification

Web sites with data:

Web sites with information:

Web site with lessons

Story Maps


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Ocean Drilling

  • International Ocean Drilling Program—
    • IODP Visual Resources Library
    • IODP Education/Teaching materials
    • IODP Video Expedition
      • MARUM scientists Ursula Röhl and Alex Wülbers are investigating what the ocean floor has to tell us about the climate in the past. The geologists are part of the international IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) project. In this report they talk about an especially challenging expedition; how with a drilling ship they navigated the Arctic ice to the Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater shelf that extends through the northern polar region.

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Google Earth and MBARI

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Great Ocean Conveyor Belt

Oil Spill Information

News & Feature Articles

Images, Video, Podcasts & other media

Satellite Imagery & Mapping

Facts & Figures




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ORCA Eye-in-the-Sea

AUV/Glider Resources

Satellite Oceanography

Satellite tagging and tracking:

Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators
The Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators (GTOPP) program is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration among biologists, engineers, computer scientists and educators, which will allow users to view and interact with animal tracking data, as well as oceanographic datasets, to marine life observation.

Tagging of Pacific Predators
This recently-updated site includes tracking information from a wide variety of pelagic predators, including sharks, whales, seals, sea turtles, squid and albatross, as well as corresponding graphs of oceanographic data.

World Wildlife Federation Polar Bear Tracker
For the last 4 years, the WWF-Canon Polar Bear Tracker has followed polar bears in the Arctic. Their positions are beamed from collars on the bears’ necks, via satellite to scientists, and then to this Web site, which has been developed with the help of the Norwegian Polar Institute. This allows scientists to get regular updates about how the polar bears behave in their arctic environment and how they may be affected by climate change. 

Tracking information includes both active and archived data and maps for a variety of seals and sea lions, porpoises, whales and sea turtles. Extensive background information on satellite tagging equipment, purposes and procedures.  Includes information on how to interpret satellite tag data and questions and activities to assist in exploring data.

Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program
Tracking information includes maps for both active and inactive tags from leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles.  Includes a plotting activity that uses data and maps from archived turtles, and a section with general information on satellite tracking.

Space for Species
This incredible space-trekking, species-tracking program monitors migratory animals, like the polar bear, eider, caribou, peregrine falcon, and leatherback seaturtle, as well as their habitats, from beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

NOAA—National Marine Mammal Laboratory
The objective of the Alaska Ecosystem Program's Telemetry Research Page is to provide visitors with a tool to view the near-real-time movements of Steller sea lions with active instruments and to view location data from previous tracking efforts. Includes information on capture methods, instrumentation, data collecting and deployment.

NOAA—PFEL Live Access Server
Serves as a demonstration server for the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) Project. Includes tag data from nine elephant seals, which are representative of the type of data that will be collected during TOPP. Descriptions of the data available from the PFEL LAS are provided as well.

Satellite oceanographic data:

NASA—SeaWiFS Project
Access to SeaWiFS satellite imagery of sea surface color.  High-resolution images can be used to examine chlorophyll concentration and therefore phytoplankton levels. Includes extensive background and educational resources.

NASA Earth Observatory
Centralized access to a wide variety of images and data sets, including chlorophyll, sea surface height and temperature, rainfall and reflected solar radiation.

NOAA—Satellite Active Archive
Provides tools to access a variety of satellite data, including AVHRR sea surface temperature.  Time/location search returns either graph or data set.

NOAA—National Geophysical Data Center
Access to color relief images of seafloor bathymetry.

Additional Satellite Resources

Google Earth and MBARI

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Last updated: Jul. 30, 2014