Saturday, August 27, 2005


Sat., Aug. 27, 2005 - Landslides & Mudslides

Fact Sheet: Landslides and Mudslides

From the site:
“Fact sheet about landslides from the Centers for Disease Control. Landslides occur when masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Debris flows, also known as mudslides, are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels.”


Sat., Aug. 27, 2005 - Johnstown Flood

Found on:
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)

Wall of Water,1819,61,00.shtm

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
The National Park Service site includes a detailed history
of the disaster and information for travelers to the memorial park.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This Johnstown, Pennsylvania, web site with information about the
Johnstown area has sections on the history of flooding in both 1889 and 1977.

Storms of the Century
The 1977 storm is included in this site detailing information about the worst
storms of the last 100 years.

The Johnstown Flood Museum
This site has a history and pictures of the flood, and soon will add online an Academy Award-winning documentary film about the disaster.

Johnstown Flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What has been done about flood control in the Johnstown area?
Find out from this Army Corps of Engineers site about the dams
they have constructed in Johnstown since the 1889 disaster and
their effort to prevent future flooding.

This MSN Encarta article provides basic background information on why
and how dams are built and the history of dam building.

Interactive Weather Information Network
This site provides up-to-the minute warnings about weather-related
disasters, including flash flooding and flooding.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial News Release
Follow this link to the press release about the invasive
weed problem at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The History of the Johnstown Flood
This online document offers a powerful personal account of the Johnstown Flood.

NOAA Photo Library
This site contains a terrific gallery of pictures of historic floods and
other "meterological monsters." It also has an excerpt from an eyewitness
account of the Johnstown Flood.

The Cause of the Johnstown Flood
This article examines the structural flaws that contributed
to the collapse of the South Fork Dam.

American Experience: Fatal Flood
Floods can have disastrous effects beyond loss of life and property.
This web site describes the social consequences of a Mississippi
River flood in 1927.

From Microbes to Mammals--Invasive Species
Read more about invasive species at this USGS site.


Sat., Aug. 27, 2005

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences =====
====== May 27, 2005 ========
=== Volume 4, Number 11 ======

Jefferson Lab: Science Education [gif, pdf]

Jefferson Lab carries out its long-term commitment to science education by
providing a host of teacher resources, games, and science lessons. Students
can find a periodic table offering physical characteristics and information
on the history and uses of each element. The Student Zone contains a virtual
lab tour, glossary of scientific terms, and materials on internships.
Teachers can locate pdf downloads of many hands-on activities on many
science subjects such as microscopes, magnets, and measuring. The website
introduces educational events and educational programs for both teachers and
students. [RME]

NOAA Weather Education [gif, Microsoft PowerPoint, exe]
NOAA offers links to a variety of educational materials on meteorology,
hydrology, climatology, and other weather-related fields for children,
teens, and young adults at this website. Students can find websites where
they can learn about hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, and floods through
interactive games. Teachers can find lightning safety presentations,
satellite images, lightning photos, and glossaries. The website offers
materials on weather related careers, degree programs, distance learning
courses, and additional opportunities. [RME]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
See Also:
Coolsites for Everyone:
Climate Change and our Planet:
Oceans and Coasts:
- Phyllis ]

Nobel Laureates in Physics

This Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) website presents the winners
of Nobel Prizes in physics since 1901. For each winner, individuals can find
short summaries of the scientist's research and his or her places of
employment and study. The website supplies links to the universities and to
outside resources about the prominent scientists. By analyzing the content
in the website, users can begin to appreciate the great progress and
advancements that have been made in the field of physics during the last one
hundred plus years. [RME]

National Speleological Society (NSS) [jpeg, pdf, Microsoft Media Player,

At this website, the National Speleological Society (NSS) promotes its goals
"to study, explore, and conserve cave and karst resources; protect access to
caves; encourage responsible management of caves and their unique
environments; and promote responsible caving." Individuals can view amazing
images of the twelve preserves managed by NSS. Students and educators can
investigate links offering virtual tours of caves, cave exploration safety,
and materials about the geologic characteristics of caves. The site offers
entertaining cave ballads, cave postcards, and cave art exhibits. [RME]
[NOTE: See Also: Learn More About Caves
School Level Sites: Links for Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education – Phyllis ]

====== Topic In Depth ====

History and Evolution of Physics

The Physics Evolution [Macromedia Flash Player]
High Energy and Nuclear Physics [pdf]
A Concise History of Thermodynamics
A Timeline of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
History of X-rays and Synchrotron Radiation
Solar Neutrinos: History [pdf, postscript, jpeg]
Enrico Fermi and the Evolution of Nuclear Physics [pdf]
Epact: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This Topic in Depth explores the history and evolution of the field of
physics. The first website, created by the Institute of Physics, offers an
interactive timetable of the development of physics from the ancient
philosophers during the Bronze Age to the present research in quantum
mechanics and relativity (1). The website illustrates the links between
scientists and eras. Second, the US Department of Energy provides a synopsis
of the work of the nuclear physics research program and the high-energy
physics program since the 1950s (2). Users can also discover current
research highlights and papers. The third website features an excerpt from a
biography of Josiah Willard Gibbs by a student of his, Lynde Phelps Wheeler
(3). Along with a download of a paper discussing the history of
thermodynamics, the website supplies a download of a paper Carnot wrote
about power in 1824. Fourth, physicist Patricia Schwartz presents a brief
timeline of the evolution of mathematics and theoretical physics since the
Babylonians established the metric of flat, two-dimensional space (4 ).
Students can find an additional timeline of string theory dating back to the
Kaluza-Klein Theory in 1921. The fifth website, developed by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, is a section of an X-ray data book exploring
the history of synchrotron radiation (5). The website discusses numerous
historical aspects include the development of storage rings and the
optimization of these with lower emittance and long straight sections for
undulators. Sixth, John Bahcall, at the Institute for Advanced Study, offers
popular papers on the history of solar neutrinos (6). Anyone interested in
learning about the research of solar neutrinos should visit this website.
The seventh website is a pdf file of a paper written by the President of the
Italian Physical Society, Renato Angelo Ricci, detailing the work of Enrico
Fermi and his contributions to the field of nuclear physics (7). This paper
can help users who have some prior knowledge of nuclear physics understand
the greatness of Fermi's work. Lastly, the University of Oxford provides
images of scientific instruments from the medieval and renaissance periods
of Europe held at four museums in Europe (8). Students can learn about the
uses of the instruments and their origin. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2005.


Sat., Aug. 27, 2005 - Weather

Climatologist's Toolbox
From the site:
"How do scientists measure climate or look back in time to see what climate was like long ago? Most importantly, how do they try to forecast what might be in store for the planet?"
What can we learn from ice cores, lake sediments and tree rings?
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page
From the site:
Dan Satterfield is “the Chief Meteorologist for WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama.”
He “put these pages together for Kids between 6 and 16 years old and for their
Parents and Teachers, too!”

Franklin's Forecast
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Web Weather for Kids

Friday, August 26, 2005


Fri., Aug. 26, 2005 - History Link 101

History Link 101

The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more.

New - Greek Mythology
Over 40 pages of Gods and Goddesses, Stories and Heroes from Greek Mythology
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated - Phyllis ]


Fri., Aug. 26, 2005 - Egyptomania

Found on: – Site of the Day, May 6, 2005


“Students are just naturally curious about mummies, pyramids, and other mysteries of ancient Egypt. The Cleveland Museum of Art has provided an excellent page of interesting, easy-to-understand facts about Egyptian life that can augment the typical textbook entries. The Museum has included a page highlighting the animals that lived in ancient times, depicted by the Egyptians in their paintings and sculpture. A clickable quiz, an Egyptomania Coloring Book, and an activity consisting of building a Pharaoh makes this an excellent website for the students to explore.”

Cleveland Museum of Art

Website Content:
• Learning Games
• Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School / Middle School



Fri., Aug. 26, 2005 - Virtual Egyptian Museum

King Padibastet’s Tomb: The Virtual Egyptian Museum

From the site:

“This CyberMuseum brings you a collection of antiquities
never shown before in the New World. No one has seen
any of these artifacts in a “real museum” for the past 25 years.

Now, you can.

We hope the images, side commentaries, and interactive
reference tools we prepared for you will take you on a
different kind of exploration of ancient Egypt—the most
stable, enduring society in the story of mankind.”


Fri., Aug. 26, 2005

Found on:
PBS Teacher Previews: August 28 - September 3, 2005

"Made in China"
Station> Middle / High School
TPT -- Twin Cities Public Television

Log on to this Web site, produced by PBS member station TPT, to
learn about Chinese art history through the world-renowned
collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
[NOTE: Click on “Resources” for related web sites. – Phyllis ]


"Holy Cow"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, August 28, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Where did the cow come from? And what is it about cows that
makes them the most successful and influential domestic animal
on earth? Tune in for this story of how people have changed the
cow and how the cow has changed people. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Log on and learn more about mad cow disease. What is it? How
can it be prevented?

"Hiding and Seeking"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
10 - 11:30 pm
An Orthodox Jewish father tries to alert his adult sons to the
dangers of creating impenetrable barriers between themselves
and those outside their faith. He takes them on an emotional
journey to Poland to track down the family who risked their
lives to hide their grandfather for more than two years during
World War II. Explore the Holocaust's effect on faith in God,
as well as faith in one's fellow human beings. (CC, Stereo, 1

Log on to the companion Web site to learn more about the issues
raised in the film.

Website Launch:
Monday, August 29, 2005

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Thurs., Aug. 25, 2005 - China

Teachnology, Inc
Home > Teacher Resource > Subject Matter > Social Studies > China
Scroll down for links to sites about China.

©2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights


Thurs., Aug. 25, 2005 - International Relations & Foreign Policy

Resources for the study of International Relations and Foreign Policy

Sites not checked. Extensive lists of links, however a few are no longer active.
Some were previously posted.

Several groups of links including:

Useful Links

Documents (some primary sources)

Current Events


Thurs., Aug. 25, 2005 -

Found in:

The Scout Report
May 27, 2005
Volume 11, Number 21

Statistical Abstract of the United States [pdf]

The US Census Bureau creates hundreds of products and publications for the
public, and one of their most popular publications is the often cited and
browsed Statistical Abstract of the United States. The 2004-2005 edition was
released quite recently, and persons with a love of demography and
statistics will want to visit the online version offered here numerous
times. On the site, visitors can view important information organized
thematically into areas such as agriculture, population, elections,
educations, transportation, and domestic trade. Visitors can also browse
earlier editions of the Statistical Abstract, and also download information
from versions dating all the way back to 1901. Also, the site offers
interesting state rankings in such areas as total population, infant
mortality rate, and doctors per 100,000 population. The site also includes
tables of information organized around different ethnic groups, such as
American Indians and Latinos. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other editions previously posted.
Update: site now goes back to 1878 and also offers the Bicentennial Edition:
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. - Phyllis ]

Global 3.0 [RealPlayer]

Often the word "globalization" is thrown around rather carelessly, and many
people just associate it with the expansion of such familiar icons as
Starbucks and McDonalds into the far-flung corners of the world.
Fortunately, there are programs such as this one from American Radioworks,
which is sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, with significant assistance
from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This program explores the
broad concept of globalization in three parts, beginning with a look at the
transformation of the famed "Rust Belt" region in the United States. The
hosts for the program are reporters Chris Farrell and John Biewen, and
visitors can listen to the program in its entirety and follow along with the
transcript provided on the site. The site is rounded out by a selection of
helpful resources and online links. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other documentaries from
previously posted. For a complete list of documentaries by date:
List by categories: America Health History Justice World – Phyllis ]

Plant Cultures

With its radiant colors and well-thought-out design, the Plant Cultures
website's primary goal is "to convey the richness and complexity of links
between Britain and South Asia, through the story of plants and people". The
project covers both the historical and contemporary aspects of Britain and
South Asia through a wide range of resources, including historic images,
recipes, and other items. Through a series of tabs at the top of the
homepage (such as "Themes" and "Stories"), visitors can begin to explore the
diverse content offered here. The "Plants" area is a good place to start, as
visitors can learn about garlic, henna, holy basil, sugar cane, and 21 other
plants. One rather fun area of the site is the Story Library, where visitors
can place their own stories regarding the use of different plants, and read
those from previous guests. [KMG]

Extension 720 [RealPlayer]

In a day and age where many radio programs rely on the powers of mere shock
value, Extension 720 offers discerning and insightful commentary on a very
wide range of issues. Based out of Chicago, the program is hosted by Milt
Rosenberg, who is a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Since
1973, the program has featured the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter,
Charlton Heston, William Safire, and Calvin Trillin, among others. On the
site, visitors can listen to the current program, or browse through the
extensive archives, which date back to 2003. Additionally, visitors can also
view highlights of interviews from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Some of the
more recent programs have focused their attention on the world of stand-up
comedy, organized crime in Chicago, and the current state of various Great
Books curricula in American high schools and colleges. [KMG]
[NOTE: Archives: – Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Thurs., Aug. 25, 2005 - Bonsai

Found on:
USA Today Hot Sites 05/20/2005

Bonsai: Worlds Within Worlds
“See how Japanese masters meticulously craft bonsai plants over many years on this exquisitely designed gallery site. If you're considering taking up bonsai, you'll find plenty of inspiration here”. — GNS

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY

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