Chapter 1: An Introduction to Geology

Further Study

Mountain stream (Corel)We have made a concerted effort to search the Web for relevant material, but no matter how hard we try, there will always be more information available than we can possibly examine.

However, the following list contains links to many of the most interesting and informative Web sites related to topics explored in the chapter that we were able to locate. Check them out, but make sure you come back to do more investigating when you're done.

American Geological Institute (AGI) Home Page

The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 31 geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists.
Ask a Geologist

If you have questions, a professional geologist is here to help.
Census TMS Home Page

Tiger Map Service (TMS) is a project sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The goal of this service is to provide a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the United States, using public geographic data.
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is conceived as an information system dedicated to the collection, enhancement, and distribution of materials that facilitate learning about the Earth system at all educational levels.
Disaster Finder (NASA)

Here is a complete index to the best disaster Web sites on the Internet.
Earth and Environmental Science Resources

The U.S. Geological Survey search engine for Earth and environmental science Internet resources can be found here.
Natural bridge (Corel)
Earth Science Resources

The Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction Web site contains googles of up-to-date links to credible Earth science sites in many disciplines. A must site to bookmark.
Earth Science Resources on the Internet

Here is an excellent reference listing numerous links and an explanation on how to use the Internet from the University of North Carolina.
Earth Science Week: Home Page

This site provides information about a variety of ways to become actively involved in promoting the geosciences in public settings.
Earth Science World

Earth Science World is the place to explore your interests in the Earth and in science. You can monitor current events, make maps, do activities and puzzles, compile data, collect ideas for Earth Science Week, gather career information, and browse the Book Center. The American Geological Institute is developing this site in cooperation with content partners.
Earth System Science

The goal of this site is to serve as a repository for Earth System Science education and research resources -- a starting point for your reference as you explore this expanding interdisciplinary field, or a place to look for the latest ESS developments.
Ice crevass (Corel)
EnergyFiles (Department of Energy)

At this site, you will find over 500 databases and Web sites containing information and resources pertaining to energy science and technology, with an emphasis on the physical sciences.
Extreme Science

Here is a great place for all kinds of science information which includes sections on time, weather, space, Earth science, biology, and maps.
Federal, State, and Foreign Geological Surveys and Associations

This site contains links to various geological surveys & natural resources departments, associations, and societies.
Geological Society of America (GSA)

The Geological Society of America (GSA) home page can be found here.
Geology Central

One of the most extensive lists of geology-related sites is available online.
Geology Course (University of British Columbia)

One of the best online geology courses available, this site features outlines and great images.
Geology Course (University of Houston)

Here is another great online course.
Geology Internet Resources

Here is a very inclusive listing of geology-related World Wide Web sites.
Geology in the Parks (USGS/NPS)

A great site that features basic information on geologic maps, plate tectonics, etc. as well as in-depth investigations of the geological settings of several national parks.

A good source for links to most subjects in geology as well as product information.
Sea stacks (Corel)
Geology Study WEB

This site has links to numerous geology topics and sites. The alphabetical listing allows for rapid searching by topic.
Geosphere Activities

A great collection of problem solving activities is from the University of Montana.
International Union of Geological Sciences

The International Union of Geological Sciences promotes and supports the study of geological problems of world-wide significance, and facilitates international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the earth sciences.
Maps Online

Here are downloadable outline maps.
National Atlas of the United States (USGS)

A digital database allows you to customize your map by adding information on ferrous mineral mine locations, nuclear waste sites, watershed boundaries, etc.
National Library for the Environment

A good place to begin research on an environmental topic, this site is sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Planet Earth (

The Discovery-Planet Earth site features a variety of interesting information, reports, and links on Earth science and related subjects.
Prentice Hall's Geotour

This site serves as a central location for linking to and exploring a wealth of diverse Internet sites in the geosciences.
Lava flow (Courtesy of the USGS)
Rock Cycle - University of British Columbia

This site offers a general introduction to the rock cycle.
Rock Cycle (Mineralogical Society of America)

The Mineralogical Society of America site offers a good, general description of the rock cycle directed toward elementary school students.
Rock Types Review

A brief review of the major rock types and how they form.
Sustainability Essays

A series of essays focuses on the issue of sustainability. The goal is to help bring these concepts clearly into the public domain so that they become integral parts of the education of every citizen.
Topographic Maps, Introduction to (Calvin College)

A good, basic introduction to topographic maps is offered by Calvin College, Michigan.

The TopoZone bills itself as the Web's center for recreational and professional topographic map users. Here you can interactively view topographic maps from the entire United States.
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is the federal agency responsible for gathering, analyzing, and distributing geological information related to the United States.
Virtual Field Trips in Geology

Here is an extensive listing of numerous geology-related virtual field trips, subdivided into three broad categories.
Visible Earth (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth.
Windows to the Universe

This is an excellent comprehensive site with good geology information.
World Atlas

This site contains a basic Earth science resource.
World Lecture Hall (University of Texas at Austin)

The World Lecture Hall features links to online courses in the United States and Canada.

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