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Fort Hays State University
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P. Grady Dixon, Chair
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Department of Geosciences - Education and Research Resources

FHSU Resources | Geosciences | GIS Data | Remote Sensing | Teachers | Funding

FHSU Resources

Kansas Geographic Alliance Resource Center - The Kansas Geographic Alliance resource center.

FHSU Undergraduate Research Experience - Research opportunities for enrolled undergraduate degree-seeking students of FHSU.

FHSU Graduate Scholarly Experience (GSE) Grant - Current FHSU graduate students are eligible to apply for grants up to $500. Applications may be for consumable supplies for proposed research/scholarly/creative work or to help defray costs for travel to present the results of such work. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects.

Geosciences Resources


American Association of Petroleum Geologists - AAPG provides members and students with a foundation of publications, both printed and electronic, that provide the latest in ideas, case studies, information and news, as well as a number of professional opportunities. The association also subsidizes learning programs, and offers discounted and supportive programs.

Association of American Geographers - Professional association for Geographers.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Collections - This search engines enables students to explore to Yale collections, with everything from Botany, GNIS Database and Paleontology. There is also a form to request specimens for loan and examination.

Geosciences Society Journals - A major collaboration among 22 geoscience society and non-profit publishers to bring their journals online is now available at For the first time, the full-text of 30 leading geoscience journals is available electronically; linked, fully searchable, and fully integrated with the most current version of AGI's GeoRef. You'll find links between all the GSW journals, plus other journals at HighWire Press (such as Science and the Journal of Petrology), along with GeoRef, ISI, CrossRef, and Medline links.


Geological Society of America

Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas - The Guide is a reference for faculty, students, and agencies with detailed information on undergraduate and graduate geography programs in the US, Canada, and Latin America. The Guide also includes information about government agencies, private firms, and research institutions that employ geographers.

Kansas Geological Foundation - The Kansas Geological Foundation has Videotapes, DVD's and CD's to loan free of charge (the only cost to you is that of returning them to the library). Click on Videotape Library to see listing of items available.

Kansas Geological Society

Kansas Geological Survey

Kansas Water Office

Oceans of Kansas - Although Kansas is now high and dry, at one time the state, like most of the Midwest, was under water. Until the land finally rose above sea level during the final years of the time known as the Late Cretaceous, the area was covered by a succession of oceans whose geologic record is preserved in the sedimentary rock that covers the Great Plains. "Oceans of Kansas" tells the story of the five million years when giant sharks, marine reptiles called mosasaurs, pteranodons, and birds with teeth flourished in and around this shallow sea. The abundant and well-preserved remains of these prehistoric animals were the source of great excitement in the scientific community of the day when they were first discovered in the 1860s. Two of the best-known fossil hunters of the time, E. D. Cope and O. C. Marsh, competed vigorously to recover the best specimens. During the past 130 years, thousands have been collected and sent to museums around the world.

National Science Foundation - The The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defenseâ€Â¦" With an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Paleogeography and Geologic Evolution of North America - Images showing the paleogeography of North America over the last 550 million years of geologic history. The 40 images shown here are selected from a suite of approximately 100 maps that are in time slices mostly 5-10 million years apart. Individual paleogeographic and tectonic elements can be followed and intuitively related from time slice to adjacent time slice. The maps were prepared with the core of North America (Laurentia) fixed. All other tectonic elements are shown moving against or splitting away from Laurentia, thus showing clearly accretionary and rifting events in North America's geologic history. The views were prepared by wrapping a rectangular outline map on a sphere and viewing the globe rotated to 35° N and 100° W. Various stratigraphic, tectonic, and sedimentologic data were added to the map. Topography was "cloned" from digital elevation maps of modern Earth from the USGS, NOAA, and other sources. Colors were adjusted to portray climate and vegetation for the given time and location. The geologic data were gathered from the references listed at the web site.

U.S. Geological Survey

Woods Hole Oceanography Institute

Independent Oil & Gas Service, Inc. (IOGsi) - IOGsi has been scouting oil field activity in Kansas since 1946. Register to gain access to the latest oil and gas news in the form of daily, weekly, and monthly hard-copy reports, and 24/7 online service.

The Critical Issues Webinars (AGI) - The Critical Issues Program hosts webinars on a variety of topics that bring geoscientists and decision makers together to discuss potential solutions to challenges at the interface of geoscience and society. All webinar presentations and questions are recorded and made available for viewing on our website.

The Critical Issues Research Database (AGI) - The Critical Issues Research Database makes it easier to find decision-relevant geoscience information by providing a centralized source of over 3500 publications from State Geological Surveys, the U.S. Geological Survey, and professional geoscience organizations. The database offers location-based searching, and the ability to search the full text of documents in the database.

The Critical Issues Website (AGI) - The Critical Issues Website is the hub for our range of informational resources. Users can start with the basics and primer pages, which offer entry level summaries of geoscience topics including drought, mining, renewable energy, earthquakes, and many more. These introductory resources provide links to more detailed information in a variety of formats, such as frequently asked questions, interactive maps, webinars, case studies, and more in-depth research database publications.

Cartography Resources

Surveying information
The Map Projection Home Page
The Mathematics of Cartography

Maps & Images

The Great Globe Gallery
The Map Machine at the National Geographic Society
World Time Page

The CIA Factbook
Internet Atlas and Time Zone Server
Sky Calendar
Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions
Clark Labs Geographic Analysis and Image Processing Software
Digital Globe

Remote Sensing Resources

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS)

GIS Information & Data Resources

GIS Dictionary
GIS Frequently Asked Questions
GIS home page at USGS
GeoPlace (includes GIS World)
GeoSearch, Inc.
GIS net sites

Geographic Resource Analysis Support System (GRASS)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
US Census TIGER Products
NOAA - National Geophysical Data Center
USGS National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
Federal Geographic Data Committee
U. S. Geological Survey

State of Kansas Geographic Information Systems Initiative's Data Access & Support Center

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Global Positioning System overview
Trimble Navigation Limited (GPS manufacturer)
Eagle Electronics (GPS manufacturer)
The GPS Store


Geoscience Education & Public Understanding Center - In 2013, AGI launched the Center to provide geoscience information, reports, and resources for educators and the general public. The Center will provide databases on Earth science teacher professional development programs nationwide, curriculum, classroom activities, ancillary materials, outreach programs, and much else. The Center is also home of the Critical Issues Program, which will provide state-of-the-science information for the public and policymakers.
Watt's Up?: The Lowdown on Energy - As one of the initiatives of the new Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding, AGI has launched a web site with classroom activities, supporting content, career information, resources, and a glossary on a variety of energy topics. The topics include coal, oil, natural gas, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, geothermal energy, and biofuels.
EarthComm: Project-Based Space and Earth System Science- Every student in every high school can learn Earth science. EarthComm is designed with that promise in mind. This curriculum, supported by the National Science Foundation, now in its second edition and with a special edition for Florida, aligns with both state and the Next Generation Science Standards. EarthComm uses an inquiry approach to help students understand how the Earth works as a set of interdependent systems. The EarthComm web site offers resources for teachers, students, and parents.
K - 5 GeoSource- Because elementary students are eager to learn Earth science, K - 5 GeoSources offers online professional development for teachers of kindergarten through grade five. This web-based resource is designed to help teachers understand standards- driven content and plan stimulating, systems-based lessons. The free site features content instruction, lesson plans, classroom activities, teaching resource links, downloadable images, cross-curriculum tips, assessment tools, career vignettes, literacy strategies, and more.
Users can track seismic activity with earthquake map - Oregonian/OregonLive developed a map making it easier to track quakes from the deep sea to anywhere else in the world. A rich base map created by Esri incorporating observations from the National Geodetic Survey, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans and private map publisher Delorme is incorporated as a base layer onto a map built in the Leaflet open-source library to pull data from a feed from the U.S. Geological Survey. Now it's possible to enjoy the hidden geography of the world very few people will ever get to visit in person.

Interactive and Educational Sites, including games

School Teacher's Zone
GeoNet Game
National Geographic Kids
Interactive Evolutionary Timescale - This interactive flash animation illustrates one aspect of evolutionary theory. To view the changes over time use your mouse to drag the red triangle.


Funding Opportunities

Scholarships, KGF - The Kansas Geological Foundation offers a $500.00 scholarship each semester to college Juniors and Seniors majoring in geology. Masters and Doctorate candidates are also eligible. The spring deadline for applications is December 1, 2005. Applications are available in the Geosciences office in Tomanek Hall 233 or on line at, under the Student Financial Assistance link.

NSF Geoscience Education - The National Science Foundation Geoscience Education Program (GeoEd) considers proposals submitted under one of two tracks: Track 1 Pilot Projects or Track 2 Integrative Collaborations. Proposals due Nov. 17, 2005 or Nov. 15, 2007. For more information visit the National Science Foundation or

Horace Mann Funding for Educators - For the past three years, the Horace Mann Companies, a national insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs, have offered scholarships totaling $30,000 to help educators continue their education. The 2005 year's program will offer thirty-six awards, including one $5,000 award payable over four years, fifteen $1,000 awards payable over two years, and twenty one-time $500 awards. To be eligible, an applicant must be an educator employed by a U.S. public or private school district or U.S. public or private college/university and planning to take classes at a two- or four-year accredited college or university. The applicant must have a minimum of two years' teaching experience.


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