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13.3 Earth's Water Resources

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 13.3: Earth's Water Resources. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Water use in the world, by UNESCO
This article includes sections on municipal water use, water in industry, water in agriculture, and surface water reservoirs.

National Water-Use Information Program Fact Sheet, by USGS
This page describes the National Water Use Program the problems it aims to address, outlines specific objectives, and cites several accomplishments. There is also a brief update on water use since 1990.

Distributed variability of Earth's water resources, by UNESCO
This article includes sections on continental, regional, and country differences, river basins and runoff to the oceans, and river runoff and groundwater.

Water Resources Maps and GIS Information, by USGS
This site serves as a node of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for finding and accessing USGS spatial data related to water resources.

Ground Water Atlas of the United States, by USGS
The site `describes the location, the extent, and the geologic and the hydrologic characteristics of important aquifers in the Nation.` A groundwater fact sheet and GIS coverages are also available.

Local Offices for Water Resources, by USGS
Click on your state to link to the USGS Water Resources office in that state. Each state site is slightly different, so you will need to do a bit of exploring.

Water Where You Live, by EPA
Office of Water Click on your state to recieve a list of links which provide information about water quality issues in your state, as well as real time data and general environmental links.

Surf Your Watershed, by EPA
Environmental Protection Agency This site allows you to look up the watershed your community is located in and obtain an environmental profile of your watershed.

Examples of How the Initative Can Help Communities Revitalize Their Rivers, by EPA
American Heritage Rivers, Environmental Protection Agency The goal of the American Heritage Rivers is to support community-based efforts to restore and protect the environmental, economic, cultural and historic values of our rivers.

Groundwater & Surface Water: Understanding the Interaction, by Purdue University
Similar to fact sheets for most of the information, this page goes into more depth about groundwater surface water interactions as well as boundaries of watersheds and aquifers.

The Groundwater Foundation
This website provides information about groundwater, glossary, issues, youth programs, and ways to conserve and protect groundwater. The site also includes a "kids section."

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Water - World Map - Global View - World Wide Panorama, by University of California, Berkeley
This site provides remarkable 360 degree views of rivers, lakes, and oceans throughout the world (a kind of on-the-ground Google Earth for water).

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