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This database is a comprehensive geoscience resource containing over 3.2 million bibliographic records covering subjects such as mineralogy and crystallography, general mineralogy, mineralogy of silicates, and mineralogy of non-silicates. Bibliographic records from more than 3,500 journals are included in the database as well as journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. Over 100,000 references are added to the GeoRef database annually.

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GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit corporation formed by a group of leading geoscientific organizations for the purpose of making geoscience research and related information easily and economically available via the Internet. GSW is an unprecedented collaboration of six leading earth science societies and one institute.

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This database covers topics such as Atmospheric Sciences, Energy Resources & Research, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Marine Technology, Metallurgy, Mineralogy, Mining Engineering, Oceanography, Petroleum & Gas, and Waste Management (among many others). Applied Science & Technology Source also includes all content from Applied Science Abstracts, Applied Science & Technology Full Text, and Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective. Providing content from leading trade and industrial journals, professional and technical society journals, specialized subject periodicals, buyers’ guides, directories, conference proceedings and more, Applied Science & Technology Source focuses on traditional engineering challenges & research, as well as research concerning the business and social implications of new technology.

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HighWire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries, produces the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. The database offers access to the full-text of over 1,500 leading journals available from the journals' own sites for complete and accurate representation of the research at its source (including articles published online ahead of print, reference works, books, and proceedings); plus all of Medline -- with links to full text. Some journals offer completely free access, some offer free access to a range of back issues, and some offer free trial periods.

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Open Science Directory is a tool for finding open access journals in science, medicine, and agriculture (among other fields). There are over 13,000 scientific journals on the OSD, the most important collections being Directory of Open Access Journals, BioMed Central, HighWire Press, and PubMed Central. Users can browse/search by journal title, subject, and keyword. Access to each journal's website is provided through the Open Science Directory.

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ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Coverage goes as far back as 1823. Content areas include Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

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Scopus is a unique new navigational product for all science from Elsevier. Apart from being the world's biggest abstract database covering 25 million abstracts from over 17,000 titles across 4,000 publishers, Scopus also offers powerful and innovative searching and browsing tools.
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SpringerLink is Springer's online full-text archive for journals and books. SpringerLink currently offers over 1,250 fully peer-reviewed journals.
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It features over 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and databases as well as a suite of professional and management resources.

Government Resources

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This resource provides access to a trove of material about major areas in the New York City Region (Highlands Province, Sedimentary Appalachians, Mesozoic Basins, Coastal Plain), Quaternary Geology, Basic Geologic Principles, and NYC's Physical Environment. Users can find detailed maps, illustrations, color photographs, as well as a lengthy list of secondary sources.

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This multimedia site (subtitled "NASA's Eyes on the Earth") offers photos, movies, animations and interactive graphics as well as news and data from NASA's research into climate change.

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This site provides a wide range of unique national, state, and local environmental information.  Tabs at the top allow users to navigate through the EPA's abundant and complex information from a news, scientific, or legal perspective. "My Environment" enables the user to search for environmental information based on ZIP code and compiles data from other state and federal agencies to provide a comprehensive view of an area's environmental conditions. 

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The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. The USGS also has an online, searchable library. Its library is the largest library for earth sciences in the world. The library system includes four libraries and is part of the Geographic Information Office of the USGS. Another important resource is the USGS Photographic Library, which offers access to more than 30,000 color and black-and-white photographs taken during geologic studies of the U.S.  These images provide a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the United States and its Geological Survey. Some photographs have been used in USGS publications, but most have never been published.

Journals

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C&EN Online is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. The journal covers topics such as science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field. Coverage begins in 1998, and users can search or browse by archived issues.

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The Electronic Green Journal provides peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, news, and information on current sources concerning international environmental topics.
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The Journal of Geology publishes research and theory in geophysics, geochemistry, sedimentology, geomorphology, petrology, plate tectonics, volcanology, structural geology, mineralogy, and planetary sciences.
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Nature is a weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science.

Earthquakes

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The mission of the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is to rapidly determine location and size of all destructive earthquakes worldwide and to immediately disseminate this information to concerned national and international agencies, scientists and the general public.
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A comprehensive guide to earthquake information.
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Featuring categories such as Basics, Big Picture, Warning, Preparedness, and more, this site offers both basic and in-depth coverage of the earthquakes that create tsunamis, their warning systems, as well as providing preparation and hazard assessment information.  The Education section provides resources for teachers and elementary students.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the government agency with primary responsibility for providing tsunami warnings to the United States.

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This site, hosted by the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, is not a monitoring service. Instead, Tsunamis & Earthquakes contains overview documents with details about recent earthquakes and resulting tsunamis since 1998, including a Research Studies section covering past events. Researchers can use this site to find basic information, animations, research studies, and analyses.

Global Warming and Climatology

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Climate Monitoring is a service of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.  It is divided into 12 sections, each offering links to reports, data, maps, and other resources.

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EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society.
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Information on the important societal phenomena related to climate variability.

Maps

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OpenGeoSci is a free, map-based discovery interface providing geographic searching for more than 300,000 maps, cross-sections, charts, tables, and other high-value content from GeoScienceWorld (GSW) publications. Search results can be filtered by journal, topical category, publication date, zooming in on the map, or an area filter. Selecting a result on the map will open a content box that displays the data result, caption information, citation information, and a link to the original publication.

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This website is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver science-based soil information. The organization provides links to information about geospatial research, soil surveys, soil data, and world soils. The NRCS site also features images, posters, maps, and charts, as well as a soil glossary.

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Full color, global paleographic maps.
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USGS maps range from detailed local areas to the world. Because they can show many kinds of information, they are excellent for a wide range of uses.
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The Brooklyn College Geology Department is a depository for US Geological Survey Quadrangle Maps in print. To access these maps, please contact Guillermo Rocha at (718) 951-2887 or GRocha@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Mineralogy

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This mineral database contains 4,442 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library.
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Pathway to mineralogy and petrology sites.

Oceanography

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NOAA's site provides copious and current information on weather alerts, graphical forecasts, national maps, radar, air quality, and satellite views. The site also allows users to find surveys, press releases, reports, and links to other organizations and offices, on topics such as Oceans, Fisheries, Climate, Research, and Coasts.

Paleontology

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Regional paleogeography maps outlining vegetation patters over the past 130,000 years.
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Exhibits, programs and educational resources on geologic time, diversity of life through time and evolution.
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Full color, global paleographic maps.

Remote Sensing

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Explains remote sensing and its applications to sustainable development and environmental protection and geospatial information and providing electronic access to spatial database.
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Included in this resource are a number of tutorials to help you learn how to use, process, analyze and understand Landsat data.