Useful links


KMLs for Google Earth

Plate boundaries

United States Geological Service

Recent earthquakes United States Geological Service
Historical ruptures in western U.S. United States Geological Service
Ages of the ocean floor  


Earth Science

Plate motion calculator Compute relative velocity at any point on Earth, based on your own pole or NUVEL1A (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
MSC Messinian Salinity Crisis of the Mediterranean area
One Geology Mapping the geology of planet Earth on the occasion of the International Year of Planet Earth
Plate tectonics A classical introduction to plate tectonics and the main observations in support of it.
Various animations
This dynamic Earth The story of plate tectonics (USGS)
Geophysical datasets University of Southhampton links
Geoid Color images of the geoid, gravity anomalies, deflection of the vertical and topography/bathymetry
GEBCO One minute grid global bathymetry data
Paleomagnetism and plate tectonics tools On-line data and software tools from Instituto Tecnico Industriale "E. Molinari" in Milano.
World Stress Map Data base on contemporary tectonic stress in the Earth's crust
Earth Byte Linking observations to kinematic and dynamic models
Ocean agegrid Isochrons of the world's ocean floor, images and digital data
Geological Time Scale Chronology of how the Earth has changed since 4.5 billion years ago (UCMP)
ODP The Ocean Drilling Program home page
CRUST 2.0 Global 2x2 degree model for thickness of the crust
RIDGE  Ridge Inter- Disciplinary Global Experiments: interdisciplinary study of mid-oceanic ridge processes
CDDIS NASA's archive of space geodesy data
EGM96 Spherical harmonic model of the Earth's gravitational potential to degree and order 360
ODSN tool Make your own plate tectonic reconstruction for any moment in the last 150 million years
Global Earth history Plate tectonic reconstruction images throughout the Phanerozoic (Ron Blakey)
Global Change Global change Master Directory (NASA)
The nine planets Multimedia tour of the Solar System (Bill Arnett)
Views of the Solar System Multimedia tour of the Solar System (Calvin J. Hamilton)
Earth Rotation A brief overview of the wobbly nature of Earth's rotation (Rick Fisher)
Plate kinematics NUVEL plate motion models
Velocity of any site NUVEL1A-NNR Plate motion calculator (Unavco)
Bodemdaling en Aardbevingen Informatie voor iedereen die meer wil weten over bodembewegingen in Nederland en de gevolgen ervan.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Recent Earthquakes USGS worldwide
Volcanoes Online Active volcanoes, general information on volcano types, where and why of volcanoes. In various languages, including Dutch. Games and kid's corner.
Volcano World The other popular volcano site. Has similar fringes as Volcanoes Online.
Earthquakes Recent earthquakes in Europe and Worldwide (EMSC)
Geo-hazards supersites Materials contributed by researchers on a variety of geohazards
Seismicity monitor Recent earthquake locations around the world (IRIS)
Earthquakes Everything you may wish to know about earthquakes (USGS)
Tsunami's The reference for seismic sea waves
CMT Focal mechanisms (Harvard)
ISC International Seismological Centre home page
SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center: data and maps
Caltech tectonics observatory Includes slip maps for major earthquakes

Ocean and atmosphere

Global warming Mechanisms of global warming, effects of global warming and policy related issues (United States Environmental Protection Agency -EPA).
Climate over oceans Process-oriented research using Earth Observing System (EOS=satellite) data.
Carbon dioxide Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center home page.


JPL Image archive Jet Propulsion Laboratory pictures archive
NASA - EOS United States Space Agency - Earth Observing System web site
Maps and mapping Cartography, maps and mapping (Oddens, Geography at Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Geomorphology from space Gallery of space imagery consisting of 237 plates plus supplements
Radar Images Radar images from all over the world (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Hubble Space Telescope HST and Next Generation Space Telescope web site
Constants and Equations Compilation of physical and chemical constants and equations
Geographic coordinates Convert geographical coordinates: decimal - degrees/minutes/seconds

Research Groups and Universities


VMSG Vening Meinesz Research School of Geodynamics
ISES Netherlands Research Centre for Integrated Solid Earth Science
NSG Netherlands Research School of Sedimentary Geology
Delft University of Technology Applied Geophysics & Petrophysics
Delft University of Technology Department of Earth Observation & Space systems
NEESDI The Netherlands Environmental Earth System Dynamics Initiative
NITG/TNO Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience TNO - National Geological Survey
NWO Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
SAMO School for Atmospheric and Oceanographic Research 
IMAU Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht
ORFEUS Observatories and Research Facilities for EUropean Seismology
KNAW Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Colleges and Universities An extensive list of links
PSU geodynamics The Pennsylvania State University - Geodynamics
UCSC Earth Sciences University of California at Santa Cruz - Earth Sciences 
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MARGINS NSF "MARGINS" program on continental margins
EarthScope NSF "EarthScope" initiative
GEODYSSEA Geodynamics of South and South-East Asia from space geodesy
NOAA/NGDC/WDC U.S. Marine Geology and Geophysics data centers
NCAR U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research - digital media catalog
ILP International Lithosphere Programme
EuroProbe Large European Science projects


Professional Earth Science Related Organizations


EGU European Geosciences Union
ESF European Science Foundation
European Union Community Research and Development Information Service
NATO NATO scientific affairs


AGU American Geophysical Union
GSA Geological Society of America
IASPEI International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior
USGS United States Geological Survey
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


Scientific Meetings

EGU 2011 3 - 8 April 2011; Vienna, Austria
12th International workshop on modeling of mantle convection and lithosphere dynamics 20-25 August 2011; Gross Dölln, Germany
AGU Fall Meeting 2011 5 - 9 December 2011; San Francisco, California, United States
International conference of the Geology of the Arabian Plate and the Oman Mountains 7 - 09 January 2012; Muscat, Oman
34th International Geological Congress 5-15 August 2012; Brisbane, Australia
AGU Fall Meeting 2012 10 - 14 December 2012; San Francisco, California, United States
Calendar Conferences and Meetings in Geophysics and Geology

Scientific Journals and Books

Tectonophysics Books Geophysical Research Letters PAGEOPH
Annual Reviews Journal Geophysical Research Geology
Tectonophysics Earth and Planetary Science Letters Nature
Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors G3 Science
Annals of Geophysics Geophysical Journal International Tectonics
Reviews of Geophysics
Deep Sea Drilling Project



Freeman Elsevier Science Thomson
McGraw-Hill Prentice-Hall Blackwell
Dover Cambridge University Press Springer (Kluwer)
Princeton University Press Oxford University Press (Clarendon)

Software links

GMT The Generic Mapping Tools
GMT examples  
Google Earth Earth imagery and geographic information
dx open source Data Explorer
Internet Finite Element resources Comprehensive list
Gmsh Meshing tool for academic problems
PETSc A suite of data structures and routines for the scalable (parallel) solution of scientific applications modeled by partial differential equations.  It employs the MPI standard for all message-passing communication. 
SHTOOLS Tools for working with spherical harmonics


Scientific Writing

Scientific writing guide (Govers)
Online English writing Lab (Purdue)
Guide to English grammar and writing (Capital Community College)
Writing center (South Dakota State University)

Last modified: March 28, 2011
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