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College Open Textbooks - Science
Open access textbooks on Earth Systems, Plate Tectonics, Geothermal Energy and GIS are available at no cost to teachers and students.
Earth Science Texts from NAP
Ecosystems, Conservation, Ocean Studies, GIS, Hydrology - you can download free digital textbooks on all this and more from the Earth Science section of National Academies Press. Price listed is for delivery of paperback copies.
Virtual Course Materials
MIT Open Courseware
MIT's Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences department offers an extensive series of online courses. Courses generally include lecture videos, assignments, exams, and more.
Virtual Geology Labs
Students can get certificates in virtual labs covering Earthquakes and Geological Dating.
Animated Lessons on Plate Tectonics
An animated, video, html, lesson about plate tectonics that includes Wegner's hypothesis, the Theory, the driving forces, the three plate boundaries, convection curreents, hot spots, and plate tectonic reconstruction.
KQED Geology Resources
Blogs, images and videos highlighting local geological news, history and places of interest. Constantly updated.
California Geology Magazine
The entire run of Calfornia Geology Magazine is available online from the California Department of Conservation. Great information for those teaching or studying local geology.
California Geology Information Warehouse
Hosts over 3,100 maps, 1,400 reports and 600 Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets representing over 150+ years of history. Digital copies (in pdf format) are available for free download.
Images and Video
The Mineralogy Database contains 4,714 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library. Tables devoted to crystallography, crystal structures, X-Ray powder diffraction, chemical composition, physical and optical properties, Dana's New classification, and Strunz classification available.
From molten mass to snowball Earth, see continents grow and shift as you scroll through billions of years. Explore data on atmosphere, climate, and biosphere. Created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Combines earthquake data from over a dozen sources including the USGS to create current, interactive seismographic ESRI map. Toggle map layers such as topographic, terrain and ocean bathymetry. Filter by depth, magnitude, distance and date. Push notifications.
Uses many sources, including USGS, to create a Google map of earthquakes around the world with Push notifications. Filter by region, magnitude and depth. Supports historical data and data collection.
Ebooks in the Library
The library has an extensive collection of ebooks on a variety of topics. To find what is available, enter your subject in the library catalog and select as a phrase in the drop down menu. If a book is in ebook format, it will say view ebook in the record.
Almost all of the library's ebooks are multiuser. This means that your whole class could access the book simultaneously and for free!