The earth is our home. The cycles and systems and rhythms of the earth determine our days, our seasons, our years.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system that can provide a home for living things. It has sufficient light, heat, and water to support a wide range of plants and animals. Everything about the earth works together in just the right combinations to support life.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about our home planet.
The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about our planet, earth.
Visit this museum and explore its exhibits about the wonders of planet earth.
Visit the planetarium and see spectacular views of the earth.
Travel thousands of miles above the earth and see real time satellite images of the earth.
Visit the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and go on a cosmic quest of the earth.
This section provides a brief overview of the properties associated with the atmosphere.
Summary information about Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, including basic facts of eruption history, and anchors to additional information about Kilauea.
Krakatau located in Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatera Island, had been well known and recorded history since the 16th century.
Find out what happened to the people near the eruption, what happened to the plants and animals during the eruption and in the years since the eruption, and about the geological events that lead up to this famous 1980 eruption.
Learn about the history, geology and plate tectonics of Mount Vesuvius, a volcano on the western coast of Italy. In fact, here is a list of just about every volcano on the earth that you can think of.
Did you know that earth is the only planet whose English name does not derive from Greek/Roman mythology and that 71% of the earth's surface is covered with water?
Virtually visit the earth's atmosphere. It reaches over 348 miles from the surface of the earth and consists of 4 distinct layers. In which layer do storms and other weather happen? In which layer do airplanes fly?
Mount Pinatubo is situated in the southern part of Luzon. It is one of the biggest volcanoes in the Philippines.
Ask your questions about the earth's surface, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, and water.
Send in your questions about the earth and read other's questions and answers.
From Lake Afton Public Observatory in Wichita, Kansas. Ask new questions or read through old ones.
The Biographical Dictionary contains information on 33,000 notable people from ancient times to the present day. The Dictionary is searchable by names, keywords, and dates.
Eddy helps kids discover interesting facts about the earth, nature, andscience.
Ask all your earth-related questions from these NASA experts.
Ask more earth questions or read through past questions and answers.
Meet professional volcanologists and learn what it is like to study volcanoes for a living.
Read this magazine online to discover fascinating earth facts. This online magazine has many free articles and a great Picture of the Day section.
Understand planet earth better by exploring its tectonics, cycles, biomes, adaptations, and more.
Discover how different cultures have viewed and/or worshipped the earth. The Incas of ancient Peru believed that Pachamama was the earth goddess. She was married to Inti, who was the sun god. The Incas would offer llamas as sacrifices to Pachamama.
Earth Day is in April. Find out what individuals can do to help raise awareness of earth conservation issues.
What is the diameter of the earth? What is its mass? What is its density? How far away is it from the sun? What is the tilt of its axis?
EarthForces is an interactive exhibit about Earth Science.
Here are more than 25 hands-on science activities ready for classroom use for teaching geology, earth, planetary, and space sciences.
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.
See animations of plate tectonics. You can actually see what it is like as the plates of the continents move apart, bump, collide, and buckle.
Earth is the most dense major body in the solar system. Find out why.
Groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history.
Compare Earth's moon to one of Mars's two moons, Deimos or Phobos. Of all the moons in the solar system, the orbit of Phobos is closest to its planet.
Keep yourself informed about any space objects speeding toward the earth by frequently visiting this site.
This site has a suite of interactive learning activities about the earth. Participate in internet treasure hunts and webquests about ecology and environmental issues.
PlanetDiary has a calendar of eclipses and other important planetary dates. Click on different area of the map to find out what is happening in the world that is impacting the planet.
Locate information about the earth's gravity, atmosphere, and earth-moon partnership.
Earth is the only planet whose English name does not come from Greek or Roman mythology. Find out how our planet got its name. All of the moons of the planets are also named for characters in Greek and Roman mythology—except for the moons of Uranus. What are they named for?
Find out about the basic elements of the earth. Its overall composition is mostly 6 basic elements. We live on the earth's crust, but the crust comprises only.5% of the earth's total mass. Which part of the earth makes up most of its mass?
Read the online version of this book by W. Jaquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling.
Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.
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