Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association member Toba Bernstein took part in graduate studies in Costa Rica this past summer through Miami University's Project Dragonfly. Bernstein of Newtown, PA, studied lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests while investigating the biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity.
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association
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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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.
An item from Astronomy Society of the Pacific newsletter: If you can make a December 9th (Saturday) workshop in St. Louis, you will get a set of 24 Galileoscopes!
This month we recognize brothers Devin and Roldan Kramer from Ardmore, PA, for receiving the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels K-5 in EPA Region 3 for their work to save frogs and toads. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges. The brothers’ interest in the topic was sparked by discussions about the number of mosquitos in their area, and the decline of predators like bats, frogs and toads, which feed on mosquitos.
Science in the News
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.
Bring cutting-edge Earth science content into your classroom with our new digital resources, developed by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, and with input from a national group of 50 Teacher Advisors.
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
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.
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.