Find out what happened in a new, online Public Lecture: The April 25, 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake - An Expected Event that Defied Expectations. This lecture is targeted to the general public, and is appropriate for high school and college level students.
Learn more at the USGS Event Page for the Nepal earthquake.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the website to register for automated volcano and earthquake feeds, like the Earthquake Notification Service, which can be customized for specific locations and earthquake sizes.
Public domain photos are posted daily on several USGS social media sites.
Photos range from medium to high resolution. Find images by navigating directly to them, or search by keyword. The possibilities for classroom use are endless. Have your students search on "mine" and compare the appearances of mines (both on ground and aerially) in different parts of the country.
Our most popular classroom map, This Dynamic Planet, includes impact craters along with volcanoes, earthquakes, and tectonic plates. A global Earth Impact Database is maintained by the Canadian Planetary and Space Science Centre
These maps were designed to help both the public and scientists understand the overall appearance and topography of the Moon. Locate features of interest, including Apollo landing sites and specific impact craters.
Explore more USGS astrogeology resources including online lectures, videos, and photographs.
Learn about water basics, surface water, groundwater, and the water cycle.
Have your students take the surveys in the Activity Center and discuss how students in different locations might respond to the questions.
Explore additional resources on our Induced Earthquakes website.
Be sure to try our tools for making Custom Hazard Maps and Custom Earthquake Probability Maps for the area around your school (though they don't, at this time, incorporate induced seismicity).
Japanese history records a mysterious tsunami in 1700 that was unaccompanied by the usual earthquake. Modern USGS research has traced the source of that tsunami to a large seismic event on the Cascadia Subduction Zone of Washington and Oregon. Watch our videotaped public lecture to find out how sleuthing into the past helps us learn about geologic hazards of the present.
Get the full story in our publication The Orphan Tsunami of 1700--Japanese Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America.
Additional classroom materials are in the Water sections of our Primary (grades K-6), Secondary (grades 7-12), and Undergraduate Resource pages.
Explore multiple tools for bringing satellite imagery into the classroom with the in our new Fact Sheet. These resources meet standards related to Earth and Human Activity.
Forecast earthquakes for your own location: have your students try out the USGS Earthquake Probability Mapping website by entering a zip code to generate earthquake probability maps for different magnitudes and time periods.
Also explore the most recent forecasts for earthquakes in California.
Find more resources on our Flood Information website, and in our fact sheet on Significant Floods in the United States During the 20th Century
Looking for a simple explanation of why earthquakes occur in Nepal?
Start with our summary poster for the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Our classroom-friendly website on plate tectonics (This Dynamic Earth) has a special page about The Himalayas: Two Continents Collide. For a good visual reference, download a free PDF of our companion map, This Dynamic Planet.
Each image or image pair comes with a brief explanation and several download options.
Find more land change images with educational materials at our Earthshots website.
The federal government's Pathways Program is an espcially good option, with some internships that offer conversion to full-time positions.
Watch USGS interns and former interns (who are now full-time employees) describe their experience.
Find more information at our Careers and Student Opportunities website.
Find more tsunami information and classroom materials at our Tsunamis and Earthquakes website and at our Could it Happen Here? website.
Learn more about the geology of our planets by browsing the USGS Astrogeology Science Center solar system website.
Downloadable planetary globe models are a great way to stimulate interest in planetary science.
Additional information is on our Careers and Student Opportunities website.
The earthquake is a great lead-in to lessons on plate tectonics (website; map) and tsunamis.
We also have games, puzzles, and online quizzes that children can pursue on their own. Try USGS Kids (ecosystems), Water Science for Schools, and Earthquakes for Kids.
Each week, a recent satellite image is posted along with one (or more) older images showing change over time. A detailed explanation of the images is included, along with a link for downloading them (free registration on Earth Explorer is required). Find more classroom-friendly satellite images of environmental change at our Earthshots website.
Explore our Topographic Map Resources for Teachers to find more ideas for teaching about topographic maps.
Find more water-related activities at our Water Science for Schools website and on the back side of the Water Education posters.
Find a wealth of additional information on our list of USGS Resources for Working with Topographic Maps and our 27 Ideas for Teaching with Topographic Maps.
Students of all ages will have fun learning more about Mars by putting together one of several paper models of the red planet.
Get details about recent significant earthquakes, including the August 24 earthquake in Virginia, at the USGS Earthquake Summary Posters website. The posters are easily downloaded and are an excellent resource for the classroom.
The animations are not a prediction of sea level rise, but rather illustrate areas of low elevation by using a blue color that simulates coverage by water. The numbers of people in those areas are tabulated.
Short on time? Listen to a seven minute podcast about earthquake prediction.
Find more information about USGS tsunami research.
Learn more at the website for the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Good supplemental material includes the EarthNow! continuous Landsat satellite viewer, Earthshots images of environmental change (developed for classroom use), the Changes Over Time gallery, an online public lecture: Looking Down on our Planet, and the Landsat Mission website. Download free USGS satellite imagery and air photography through EarthExplorer.
The National Map is now launching an improved and revised digital "Set of 100 Maps" using a simple online viewer. The initial release includes five maps from different parts of the country; additional maps will be added every few months. Go here to find more ideas for teaching with topographic maps.
A fun way to learn more about these satellites and their imagery is to watch a high-resolution, 1-hour public lecture, Looking Down On Our Planet: New satellite imagery reveals a changing global surface.
Also explore Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change, an educational site full of before and after satellite images with detailed information for the classroom.
Be sure to explore Lessons and Activities for topographic maps.
Learn about the importance of healthy coastal wetlands along the Gulf coast and in other locations through this online teaching guide. Each topic includes a classroom activity to illustrate the concept. A glossary, reading list, and resources for additional activities are included. For elementary and middle school students.
As a supplement, watch a new 8-minute video about the Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the Mississippi Delta and a new 7-minute video about the Impacts of Hurricanes on Salt Marsh and Mangrove Wetlands.
Watch two fascinating new videos in which USGS scientists recount their experiences during the eruption, and the eruption is shown to have triggered a growth in volcano science and volcano monitoring.
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