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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 found in various publications, including maps and websites.

EurekAlert! - Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this is the Earth Science portion of the website. It includes links to Earth Science news and can be narrowed down to various subcategories, including climate change, energy sources, evolution, geography, geology/soil, geophysics/gravity, hydrology/water resources, oceanography, paleontology, plate tectonics, and temperature-dependent phenomena.

Environmental Science

EPA - Get information for the United States 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 Hazardous Air Pollutants – Information relating to air pollution control.

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

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 – A vocal advocate for environmental protection, whose mission is to safeguard the earth. Includes fact sheets, videos, and overviews of various topics (recycling, environmental justice, oceans, and more).

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

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 at Austin. Includes research, presentations, and publications.

Earth Portal Community – Free social networking site for anyone interested in environmental issues.

Geologic Wonders of Texas - From the Bureau of Economic Geology. Sections include: the Franklin Mountains, dinosaur footprints, Central Texas, and Galveston Island.

Jobs at the USGS – Includes student, volunteer, and full-time jobs.

Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation – Enter the longitude and latitude of two points on the earth, and this tool will calculate the distance between them.

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.

National Geologic Map Database – Includes geologic mapping data from all of North America. Also includes historical topographic maps.

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

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program – Includes research, technology and tools, data, publications, field activities, news, and education & outreach.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program – Includes information on significant earthquakes, recent earthquakes, hazards, monitoring, research, and earthquake education. Also includes a wealth of data, including maps, seismic waveforms, geodetic data, hazard assessment data, and more.

USGS Energy Resources Program – Sections include oil & gas, coal, other energy (geothermal, wind energy, etc.), environmental aspects, geochemistry & geophysics, and general info. Includes assessments and data.

USGS Landslide Hazards Program – Sections include: hazards, monitoring, state and local, research, and education.

USGS Mineral Resources Program – “Delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how mineral resources interact with the environment.”

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

USGS Suggestions to Authors – Only the section “Preparing References for Survey Reports.”

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

USGS Volcano Hazards Program – Includes news, U.S. volcanoes and current activity alerts, monitoring data, webcams of several U.S. volcanoes, education resources, information about hazards such as ash and gas, fact sheets, podcasts and videos, and more. There are also links for various observatories: the Alaska Volcano Observatory, California Volcano Observatory, Cascades Volcano Observatory, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, and Northern Mariana Islands Volcano Observatory.

Virtual Landscapes of Texas – A searchable, browseable collection of early writings on the geology of Texas, primary documents, and historical reviews of early Texas geologic study. Includes the historic “Dumble Survey,” an online full text of the publications of the Geological Survey of Texas 1887-1894.


Climate Prediction Center – From the National Weather Service. Includes U.S. hazards outlook, U.S. drought information, storm tracks, information on global monsoons, expert assessments, forecasts, and resources for education and outreach.

National Weather Service - A department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This site includes forecast information, past weather, weather safety, and weather/climate-related information (forecast models, fire weather, space weather, facts and figures, and more).

Office of the Texas State Climatologist - This site includes: drought information (drought maps, monitoring tools), monthly reports (severe weather, societal impacts, climatic bulletins), data (full network estimated precipitation, normals, extremes), resources, and publications.

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 and Land Use Change - 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.