These are the islands we made in class over the past few weeks. We looked at many factors involved in creating and shaping islands before settling on our final designs.
Our process began with a simple island shape, we looked at how plate tectonics shape or create new land, how wind and water shape the coastlines and terrain, and how running water would flow depending on the prevailing winds.
Everyone put a great deal of effort into making these island look great.
General Science Links
This site gives you a different photograph from somewhere in the world that highlights some aspect of Earth Science. There is also a great archive of past photos.
This animated, interactive periodic table of elements may be missing some of the higher numbered elements, but the animations of the electrons whizzing around are certainly worth it! To see a chart with all of the elements click here.
Find your house - find our Grandma's house - now find the Taj Mahal. It's all there on Google Earth. PLUS - You can use street view to take a virtual tour of your neighborhood.
Watch short video clips of 10 amazing chemical reactions - My favorite is the gummy bears. Which one is your favorite?
Water & Weather Links
Mr. Jopp is a proud member!
Any type of cloud you could imagine is probably captured in a picture on this site.
Be the first person in your home to drop some long-term weather information at the dinner table with the information provided on this site. The best US 8-14 day forecasts are available here.
This page is put together by Paul Douglas, a longtime weather anchor in the Twin Cities. He gives great, timely information on the weather in Minnesota and around the world.
Every day a new piece of weather folklore is offered from the Old Farmer's Almanac. Everything from "No knitting on the doorstep in February" (it makes winter longer) to "First week in August dry and warm, winter will be white and long". Maybe note so accurate, but fun to read.
This is a link to a pretty good youtube video highlighting a variety of strange weather and astronomy events that have been captured on video. Enjoy.
Here you will find couple of maps that give you a quick look at all the earthquakes in the United States over the past 7 days.
From Earthquakes to Volcanic Eruptions, snowstorms to rainstorms, and even nuclear disasters, this interactive google map provides current data from around the world. Fascinating on so many levels!
Here you will find animations and visualizations of common Geology topics like the rock cycle, igneous rock formation, sedimentary rock formation, and metamorphism.
This is a great compilation of websites that cover Pangea, Continental drift, Mountain building, and Volcanoes.
This is an amazing animation of the Earthquakes in 2011 that were greater than Magnitude 6.0
Great earthquake information that includes specific details and photos relating to the 2011 earthquake in Japan and resulting tsunami.
This is a wonderful place to find out about all the bad science written into Hollywood blockbusters and also a place that tells the whole story behind some popular (scientifically related) urban myths.
Control all aspects of the Sun / Earth / Moon as you see what the moon phase would look like here on Earth
This allows you to see many things at once as the seasons change. See sun rays here on Earth and Earth's location in it's orbit around the Sun from any latitude on the planet.
Everything you wanted to know about the Solar System and more! Find out about Planets, moons, comets...See great sky photos, and see where we have explored.
Click on the above link to see all of the objects currently watched by MASA as they come close to our planet.
This is an online version of the classic "Powers of Ten" short video.