Earth Science

Precipitation in the Pacific Northwest

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Explore how geography affects precipitation in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with these data visualizations from NASA. An animation shows the accumulation of rainfall over the western United States during December 2015, with the majority of rainfall occurring between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. A map shows precipitation data for the same time period to provide additional information about precipitation in the Pacific Northwest.

To view the Background Essay, Teaching Tips, and Non-Visual (NV) supports for this media gallery go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

Lightning, hurricanes, and blizzards

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Explains how storms form, where they strike, and what makes them so powerful. Includes full-color photographs, a glossary, and further reading sources.

Lightning, hurricanes, and blizzards

Explorando la topografia (2012)

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This video program takes a fascinating look at the many different features found on Earth. Familiar places are used to help describe key landforms. The importance and characteristics of various landforms are explored.

To find the English language version of this video, please click here.

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:11
Explorando la topografia

Damnation (2014)

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Note: There are two versions of this program on the same DVD: 87-minute theatrical and 52-minute classroom.

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Middle
High
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01:27
Damnation

El desgaste y la erosion (Weathering and Erosion) (2008)

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This program illustrates the everyday, real-life processes of weathering and erosion. Easy-to-understand examples of weathering help students differentiate between the processes of mechanical and chemical weathering. Vivid footage of processes such as freezing, thawing, condensation, and rusting help students grasp how weathering works.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:16
El desgaste y la erosion (Weathering and Erosion)

Cambios en la Tierra (Changes on Earth) (2012)

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While it may not always seem possible, Earth is continually changing. This video provides insight into fascinating processes such as the formation of land, erosion, and volcanic eruptions. Other Earth processes are also investigated.

Find the English language version of this video at: Changes on Earth

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:11
Cambios en la Tierra (Changes on Earth)

Que es el ciclo de agua? (What is the Water Cycle?) (2011)

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This beautiful program illustrates the key components of the water cycle that occurs everywhere around us. Concepts and terminology: condensation, evaporation, precipitation, cloud, rain, snow, sleet, and hail.

Find the English language version of this video at: What is the Water Cycle?

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:12
Que es el ciclo de agua? (What is the Water Cycle?)

Observando el clima (Observing Weather) (2011)

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Live-action weather footage helps students learn how they can observe the weather. Concepts and terminology: temperature, air pressure, weather systems, precipitation, and wind.

Find the English language version of this video at: Observing Weather

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:12
Observando el clima (Observing Weather)

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Disc 4 (2013)

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From Carl Sagan’s collaborators on the original series, Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, comes this spectacular follow-up to one of the most beloved programs of all time. Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr.

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High
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02:09
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Disc 4

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Disc 3 (2013)

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From Carl Sagan’s collaborators on the original series, Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, comes this spectacular follow-up to one of the most beloved programs of all time. Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
02:09
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Disc 3

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