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Open Educational Resources: Geology

Library Resources for Geology

We provide access to content such as online books, journals and image collections that can be used to lower or remove student textbook costs for students.  To learn more, see the following:

Geology

On this page you will find several open Geology textbooks along with supplemental material and a few lecture videos.

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.

 

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Textbooks

Evolution of Physical Oceanography  -MIT

Evolution of Physical Oceanography was created to mark the career of Henry M. Stommel, the leading physical oceanographer of the 20th Century and a longtime MIT faculty member. The authors of the different chapters were asked to describe the evolution of their subject over the history of physical oceanography, and to provide a survey of the state-of-the-art of their subject as of 1980. Many of the chapters in this textbook are still up-to-date descriptions of active scientific fields, and all of them are important historical records.  -MIT

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Use of the MIT OpenCourseWare site and materials is subject to their Creative Commons License and other terms of use.

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Open Textbook Collections

Find more Geology textbooks in these collections

Supplemental Materials

USGS Education  -United States Geological Survey

The United States Geological survey  provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment. USGS monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.  USGS has an interest in supplying educational resources to children, high school students, and college undergraduates.  Maps, simulations, and images can all be found in the Education section of the USGS website.

Most content on USGS webpages is in the public domain, but not all information, illustrations, or photographs are.  Materials under copyright are generally marked as such.  Find more information on USGS copyright policies on their policies page.

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The National Map  -United States Geological Survey

The National Map is easily accessible for display on the Web, as products and services, and as downloadable data. The geographic information available from The National Map includes orthoimagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover. Other types of geographic information can be added within the viewer or brought in with The National Map data into a Geographic Information System to create specific types of maps or map views.  -The National Map

Most content on USGS webpages is in the public domain, but not all information, illustrations, or photographs are.  Materials under copyright are generally marked as such.  Find more information on USGS copyright policies on their policies page.

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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences OER Initiative  -Penn State

Dense with material including topics on Mineral Engineering, Geography, Geosciences, Engineering, and Meteorology, courseware found on this page represents substantial portions of the resources provided to students who register in participating Penn State classes.  These resources are available for reuse by teachers and learners worldwide.

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Faculty of College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 3.0 License.

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Lecture Videos

Marine Chemistry -MIT

This course is an introduction to chemical oceanography. It describes reservoir models and residence time, major ion composition of seawater, inputs to and outputs from the ocean via rivers, the atmosphere, and the sea floor. Biogeochemical cycling within the oceanic water column and sediments, emphasizing the roles played by the formation, transport, and alteration of oceanic particles and the effects that these processes have on seawater composition.

Instructors:

  • Dr. Dierdre Toole, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Karen Casciotti, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Meg Tivey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Scott Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. William Martin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Use of the MIT OpenCourseWare site and materials is subject to their Creative Commons License and other terms of use.

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USGS Evening Public Lecture Series  -United States Geologic Survey

The USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with geology. Speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter being presented, and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar to those not having a background or familiarity with the material being presented.  -USGS

Most content on USGS webpages is in the public domain, but not all information, illustrations, or photographs are.  Materials under copyright are generally marked as such.  Find more information on USGS copyright policies on their policies page.

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Geology  -University of Oxford

Video lectures spanning topics including, colliding continents, Cambrian Explosion, volcanoes, environmental science, and seismic activity in Greece.

Lecturers:

  • Mike Searle, University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Paul Smith, University of Oxford, Museum of Natural History
  • David Pyle, University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences

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