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We are the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), whose mission is to facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and Space Science education.

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News from PAESTA

ESAAPG Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) sponsors an annual national Teacher of the Year (TOTY) award program. The goal is to recognize and encourage educators in K-12 Earth Sciences and Natural Resources.   The Eastern Section (ES) of the AAPG https://www.esaapg.org/ promotes this as well with its own annual award.  The society recently increased their award from $1000 to $2500 to better reflect the importance of the work educators do.

Exploring the Highs and Lows of Landscapes: Demystifying Topographic Maps

Want to learn more about Earth’s geographic features?  This workshop will focus on landscapes, their origin, and recognition of landforms on topographic maps.  The topographic map is the most common tool used by geologists, geomorphologists, geographers, landscapers, and land managers to identify landscape types. Topographic maps are also essential as way finders for people in areas that are not familiar to them. These maps represent a three dimensional surface (landscape) on a two dimensional piece of paper by incorporating contour lines that show points of equal elevation.  

Science in the News

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 New Caledonia on 11/19/2017

IRIS

11/19/17  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on this powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred 82km ENE of Maré Island, the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands in the archipelago of New Caledonia. The initial report of the magnitude and shallow 10km depth prompted a tsunami warning. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 8.1 in Mexico on 09/08/2017

IRIS

09/08/17  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on this powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake that occurred offshore Mexico.  It was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City.  This occurred as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia were approaching from the east.  There are early reports of 32 deaths from this earthquake, with homes, schools and hospitals damaged.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.7 in Russia on 07/17/2017

IRIS

07/17/17  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on this powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that occurred near the westernmost extension of the Aleutian Island chain. The epicenter was located 688.6 km (427.9 miles) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, at a depth of 11.7 km below Earth’s surface.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4670

EARTH Magazine: Early Spring Thaw Triggers Arctic Greenhouse Gas Release

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine (AGI), March 20, 2017  --  The Arctic looks pretty inactive during the winter, but more may be happening than meets the eye.  According to a recent study, some carbon dioxide and methane are released during the early spring thaw, suggesting that critical processes are taking place during the Arctic winter. 

Westernmost, low-lying region of Louisiana coast on track to drown under sea level rise

Dead trees mark an area in Houma, Louisiana, transitioning from a forested swamp to a grassy marsh

From NSF, March 14, 2017  --  Little chance this shoreline can withstand accelerating rate of sea level rise, scientists say

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands, which serve as bulwarks against waves and rising seas, the state's coast has little chance of withstanding the accelerating rate of sea level rise, a new study concludes.