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Interactive Science Simulations

Colorado University (US), PhET Interactive Simulations

interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena: ongoing effort to provide extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned


Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets

MIT OpenCourseWare (US)

introduces structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets, including their formation and basic orbital properties, plate tectonics, earthquakes, seismic waves, rheology, impact cratering, gravity and magnetic fields, heat flux, thermal structure, mantle convection, deep interiors, planetary magnetism, dynamics


Earth & Environmental Sciences (courses)

Tulane University (US)
  • Natural Disasters - examination of the causes, effects, and options available to mitigate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, subsidence, flooding, severe weather, and meteorite impacts
  • Mineralogy - basic principles behind the arrangement of atoms to form crystal structures, how these atoms are coordinated and bonded and how this is reflected in the external form, chemical composition, and physical properties, how to identify the most common minerals in hand specimen and to identify the common minerals in thin section
  • Petrology - fundamental background in rocks, necessary to understand the Earth, principles behind rock forming processes

Earth Sciences lecture notes

California University (US)

big bang & early solar system, earth structure, plate tectonic theory, ocean floor, plate reconstructions, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, seismology, driving forces of plate tectonics, sedimentary rocks, geological time, igneous & metamorphic rocks, mountain building, sea, currents, waves, tides, climates, coastal processes, fresh water, remote sensing, planets


Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Flinders University (AU)

qualitative description & quantitative science, projections, ocean topography, objects of study, framework, properties of seawater, salinity, global oceanic heat & mass budgets, depth distribution of temperature, salinity & nutrients, geophysical fluid dynamics, thermohaline processes, water masses, ocean & climate, wave classification, dispersion, wind waves, long waves, estuaries, oceanographic instrumentation: exercises and utilities, free PDF books (Regional Oceanography, Physical Oceanography)


Shelf and Coastal Oceanography

Flinders University (AU)

shelf regions & estuaries, Shelf & Coastal Ocean (Review of deep ocean dynamics,Ekman layer dynamics for shallow seas with stratification, Sea level set-up and buoyancy-driven flows, Tides in shallow seas, Upwelling dynamics, Island wakes, Coastal trapped waves & other oscillations, Fronts in shallow seas and estuaries, Water masses in shallow seas), Estuaries (Definition, classification, Examples, salt balance, flushing time, Pollutant dispersal, Sediment transport, Regional classification, survey), References, links


Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Penn State University (US)

slides: introduction, mass & energy fundamentals, physical chemistry & principles, organic chemistry, microbiology & microbial growth, erosion control & stormwater management, water, waste, air pollution, global events


Lecture notes on the Major Soils of the World

UN Food and Agriculture Organization

world reference base for soil resources, reference soil groups, organic soils, mineral soils conditioned by (man, parent material, topography, limited age, a wet (sub)tropical climate, a (semi-)arid climate, a steppic climate, (sub)humid temperate climate, permafrost), references


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