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Earth Science Internet Resources

Melissa Cookson

This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton.

The links are provided as a convenience for research.

Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for the content found on external sites.

Please contact the subject-specialist librarian if you have research questions, would like library instruction, or have material purchase requests.

Melissa Cookson
Cataloging Department - Office 109J
phone: 254-968-9339

Help is also available by using the Ask a Librarian page, emailing at, calling (254) 968-9249, or coming into the library.

Earth Science Subcategories:


Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing - A University of California, Berkeley Library project, This site covers acronyms from A to ZTS.

EurekAlert! - Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this is the Earth Science portion of the website.

Environmental Science

EPA - Get information for the Environmental Protection Agency, including laws, news, EPA publications, state, local and tribal and much more.

EPA for Citizen Action - Excellent resources for informing and protecting home, community and workplace.

EPA Laws & Regulations - Get Regulations and Proposed Rules, Codified Regulations and Legislation.

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Information on place names found on USGS topographic maps. From the Yale Peabody Museum.

Global Nest –Global Network for Environmental Science and Technology. The Global NEST is an international association  whose goal is to support and assist the dissemination of information regarding environmentally sustainable solutions.

Natural Resources Defense Council – An  vocal advocate for environmental protection, whose mission is to safeguard the earth.

State, Local and Tribal Environmental Networks - Contact information for state environmental departments, EPA offices, and more.

Terms and Acronyms - From the Environmental Protection Agency, this site covers terms from Abandoned Well to Zone of Saturation.

TIAER – A multidisciplinary research center at Tarleton whose mission is to shape workable solutions to environmental problems in agriculture.

USGS - This site includes studies of natural physical, chemical, and biological processes, and of the results of human actions from various US government resources. The major categories covered are: Biology, Geography, Geology, Geospatial, and Water.

USGS Climate and Land Use Change - The USGS strives to understand how the earth works and to anticipate changes in how the earth functions. This is a site focused on these issues.

Water Quality Information Center - Contains links to online databases that may be related to water and agriculture.



Bureau of Economic Geology - At the University of Texas.

Earth Portal Community - free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment.

Geologic Wonders of Texas - From the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation

MinDat - is the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the internet. This site contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral collecting, mineral localities and other mineralogical information.

The National Map - From the USGS, includes geospatial and cartographic information. 

Virtual Landscapes of Texas – Includes the historic ‘Dumble Survey, an online full text of the publications of the Geological Survey of Texas 1887-1894.

USGS Topographic Maps - best known USGS maps are the 7.5 minutes topo maps, but they have many others.

USGS National Geologic Map Database - a catalog of geologic and other geoscience maps

U.S.G.S. Suggestions to Authors – Only the section ‘Preparing References for Survey Reports’.

U.S. Geological Survey:


Climate Prediction Center – From NWS.

National Weather Service - A department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this outstanding site is organized into three general categories: Current Weather, Climate & Historical Data, and Weather Topics. Some of the resources to be found here: Federal Meteorological Handbook I, U.S. Coastal Tide Tables, historic environmental data, climatic data & historical data records, and links to related sites.

Office of the Texas State Climatologist - This site includes: Means, Normals, and Extremes, Texas Climatic Bulletins and Easterwood Field/College Station Monthly Summaries.

Online Meteorology Guide - This site is based at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; while designed for high school level, this resource gives a good overview of light & optics, clouds & precipitation, pressure, air masses & fronts, weather forecasting, severe storms, hurricanes and El Niño.

USGS Climate Change Research - This excellent resource includes: Climate History, Carbon Cycle, Processes and Regional Impacts, Global Change Data Sets and more.

Weather and Climate Data - Current Conditions, Forecasts, Meteograms from the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), Maryland.


National Oceanographic Data Center - This government web site contains a wealth of information, archived on site or linked to other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) subdivisions including the NOAA Central Library Digital Collection. Some of the topics covered are: Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP), Global Drifter Population Maps, and Resources for Marine Stock Enhancement.