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Forces of Change

Forces of Change (with interactive, static and animated maps)

The Forces of Change website centers on climatic and environmental differences, changes, and phenomena. Map resources can be found by clicking on the links to the following website sections (Main, Arctic, Atmosphere, El Niño, and Dig It!) and then clicking on the Media Library tab.

Arctic, A Friend Acting Strangely

The Arctic tab has a variety of static maps under the “Arctic Meltdown” and “Sliding Away” topics. These maps can be viewed under the Media Library tab as well.

Atmosphere, Change is in the Air

The Atmosphere tab has satellite images of atmospheric movement and transportation, including data from NASA's TOMS (total ozone mapping spectrometer) and AURA satellite. There are also links under the Learn More tab to further satellite data.

El Niño

The El Niño tab has static and animated maps exploring ocean surface temperatures, along with satellite images and other diagrams.

Current Conditions, Explore the Current Conditions of Our Planet

The Current Conditions tab opens a new window showing recent monthly sea surface temperatures, global precipitation, volcanoes and earthquakes, and ocean chlorophyll and land vegetation from NASA’s satellites and USGS.

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

Maps of world soil types The Dig It! The Secrets of Soil website has static world-wide maps of the 12 soil orders by clicking on the “Exploring the 12 Soil Orders” topic and then selecting one of the 12 pictured orders. By clicking on the “State Soil Interactive” explore link, a page of state postcards pops up, and then by clicking on one, and then choosing the “Where is it?” tab, the user sees a static map of one soil type in and around that state.

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