Geology K-12 Outreach

Geoscience and Environmental Science Education Links


Map Resources and Associated Links

SC Field Trips and Virtual Field Trip Sites

Topographic Map Symbols

Aerial Photograph Links

Sample Lessons

Topographic Map Links

Interpreting Infrared Photographs

Climate Information

SC MAPS Stories

Additional Sites to Check Out

  • African American Environmentalist Association - Kids Helping the Environment
  • National Geographic Xpeditions - Activities and lessons plans
  • Johns Hopkins University Map Site - Maps of all the states in a variety of formats
  • The Paleontological Research Institute - A teaching resource guide of the Southeast
  • The USGS Photo Library - A photographic collection from the U.S. Geological Survey Photo Library
  • The Water Cycle - An excellent web site all about the water cycle from the USGS Water Science Basics
  • Internet4Classrooms - An excellent site with an amazing number of links for earth, life and physical science
  • SCIWay - An excellent site to find just about anything on South Carolina from pictures and tourist information to government and school district sites.  Click on their MAPS page to find many useful maps of South Carolina.
  • South Carolina GeoPortal’s library of map programs/products - an excellent source of map sites of various nature.
  • The River Venture site features two South Carolina river systems, including two of our study sites
  • You can see your state in color-keyed shaded relief at the Color Landform Atlas of the United States page, provided by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
  • NASA also has a separate archive site for pictures from space at the NASA Image eXchange (NIX). Good stuff, all searchable by keywords.
  • In case you were wondering where we got all those Landsat MSS images, they came from the NALC (North American Landscape Characterization) project, jointly funded by NASA, USGS, and EPA, under the Pathfinder program.
  • And here's another good data distribution from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
  • If you need to track down a place, go to the GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) at USGS. This site contains every place name from every USGS quad map in existence. Not just cities and towns, but virtually any cultural landmark -- even the tiny crossroads where I live and my favorite fishing spot.
  • The US Census Bureau has a similar gazetteer which provides richer maps through their TIGER Map Server.
  • Taking a trip? Check out the MapQuest site. You can find a place, get directions, or get up to date information about your destination.
  • The Library of Congress has a very interesting collection of old maps and other data in their geography section.
  • The Map Maker at Charles Stuart University, New South Wales, Australia, is a great way to create custom maps for a variety of uses.
  • The University of California at Berkeley offers Grasslinks 2.0, a web interface to their public GIS.
  • Martin Weinelt's Online Map Creation site in Germany uses the free Generic Mapping Tools to create maps through a fast web interface.
  • You can find "crow flies" distances at the How Far Is It? site by Darrel Kindred.
  • The paper gives somewhat of an overview of the Southeast. This National Geographic site is complete with activities and guidelines for teachers to us when presenting this material.
  • This article is published by the Biology division of the USGS and is very informative on describing the status and trends of the biological diversity of the Southeast. It also has a section on landforms and Geology in the SE, as well as a paragraph on Soils and a section on Climate of the SE. Furthermore, it has a section on Evolutionary History as well as a section on Population and Land Use.
  • A teaching resource guide from The Paleontological Research Institution that covers the Southeast. This site has information on fossils, geologic history, rocks, topography, soil resources, mineral resources, fuel resources, rock resources, as well as environmental issues.
  • The USGS Photo Archive: a photographic archive collection from the U.S. Geological Survey Photo Library. These photos are not copyrighted and maybe viewed and downloaded free of charge. All photos are available in 100, 700 and 1400 dots per inch resolution. The collection consists of over 18,000 photos ranging in age from 1868 through 1992 with emphasis on Geology, Earthquake Damage, National Parks and Monuments, Pioneer Photographers such as W. H. Jackson, J. K. Hillers, T. H. O'Sullivan, A. J. Russell and others, Mount St. Helens Volcanic Eruption of 1980, and Mines, Mills and Quarries. However the system may be searched using a free-form string search engine which allows the user freedom to more exactly find the photo and caption of interest.
  • An excellent site on climate research from NOAA that gives climate analysis data on a state by state basis.