Links to Sites of Interest to Geoscientists

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Interested in the Weather?

For local Albuquerque Weather, complete with four-day forecast, weather maps and satelite photo, check out Intellicast's ABQ page. For a massive set of links to all sorts of climate and weather information, the University of Utah - Natl. Weather Service page is one of the most comprehensive around.

We need your help!

The links on this page were checked on 1/20/02, however these listings are incomplete. We would very much like to make them more extensive and useful. To do so we need your help! To add a site which you feel is of interest to Geoscientists, please send your links and descriptive information to, and we will add it to our list (and modify our subject headings as necessary). We also welcome comments and suggestions about our site, which is still under construction. (Isn't everything?)

The Department maintains a FTP site which contains a fair amount of Windows and some Macintosh Shareware and freeware, and index files for Windows and Macintosh which list what is available. If you are using the Worldwide Web and the Internet to do research, geological or otherwise, you might check out Connolly's Research Sites which contains links to lots of search engines, subject indices and shareware libraries.

Last major modifications on July 2, 2002; Minor additions August 23, 2006.

Government, Corporate and Professional Pages

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AGU Home Page
American Geophysical Union home page with information about meetings, publications, news and announcements, and "Science and Society" activities.
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Founded in 1917, AAPG is the world's largest geological organization. The focus is on Oil and Gas related sedimentary geology, with meeting schedules, information and links to affiliated societies.
DOE Home Page
Department of Energy WWW homepage. In addition to information about the Department and it's programs, also provides links to associated laboratories and universities subdivided by different divisions (i.e., Energy, Environmental Safety and Health, Environment, etc.).
Environmental Protection Agency
Information about the EPA including information about the Environment for the general public, teachers, students and professionals, plus federal regulations, and good links to EPA-produced data and software.
GSA Homepage
Homepage of Geological Society of America is primarily to inform users of what is going on with the GSA (Meetings, Publications, Activities, Special Projects, etc.).
International Association of Hydrogeologists
Information about the association and its activites, plus a very extensive set of international links to other sites of interest (see the Hydrology section for direct link to their resource page).
Los Alamos National Laboratory
LANL homepage with links to other Lab-related resources.
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Home page of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston with access to meeting abstracts and schedules and other LPI activities, including many links to LPI's educational projects, library catalogs, and their CASS telnet service.
NASA Home Page
NASA "Headquarters" home page with links to related servers and other space-related resources on the Web
NASA/Johnson Space Center
Home page of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houstion with links to both JSC resources and resources available throughout NASA.
National Ground Water Association
Recently redesigned homepage of the NGWA with improved links to other resources, groundwater news and related information.
NSF World Wide Web Server
NSF homepage includes lots of information about the agency, but also includes latest instructions and rules for proposal submittals and a searchable database which lists every project funded since 1989 with a short description of the project status and information about the principal investigators. Also provides links to related agencies, and selected projects.
The Society for Sedimentary Geology. Site includes news, meeting schedules, links to regional section web sites, and information about publications (including an online store).
The World-Wide Earthquake Locator
An online interactive earthquake locator with links to a variety of data about particular earthquakes, as well as a slew of other information about earthquakes from the Edinburgh Earth Observatory at the University of Edinburgh with data from various sources including the USGS.
Sandia National Laboratories
Gateway to Sandia National Labs network resources, includes information about current projects.
USGS WEB Server-Home Page
Information about USGS services, funded projects, major initiatives and links to related resources on the WWW. Now includes specific pages for different disciplines including Geology, Mapping (a.k.a., Geospatial), Biology , Geography (GIS and Remote Sensing) and Water.
Yucca Mountain Project (YMP)
The only domestic project for storage of commercial nuclear waste (from power plants) is the YMP, and this is its home page with information about the project FROM the project. Even though Congress has recently (2009) significantly reduced funding for this project, you won't find much negative stuff here (no surprise!).

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping

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A. Brody's GIS and Mapping Index
By today's standards of web design, this site is downright ugly. That said, it contains a very large index of sites related to geology, mapping and GIS that the industrious user might find worthy of a bit of clicking and reading. Though some of the sites are no longer active, there are a TON of indexed and annotated links here.
GMT Software Home Page
The Generic Mapping Tools are a set of UNIX programs which are used to manipulate x,y,z data sets including most types of Digital Elevation Model data sets. This page provides access to information about the software and its use, as well as links to other sites that include GMT topics.
Topozone is (was?) an excellent online source for U.S.G.S. topographic maps in digital format. Since we are in the land of mergers and acquisitions, Topozone is now part of that includes guidebooks, trail guides. Naturally the free online map viewing has evaporated, but one can subscribe for as little as $30 annually to access all the maps on the site. Our tax dollars paid for all the mapping, but we need to pay to see them. This is privatization at work.
Digital Map Store
The Digital Map Store provides links to all sorts of map data including USGS, DeLorme and National Geographic topo maps, aerial photographs, remote sensing data and GPS coordinates. Though much of the material is only available for sale, the site does offer a zoom and print function for any USGS topo maps (though you can't print the whole map without purchasing it first). Very hand for finding out what is available without big ugly irritating watermarks on the maps.
USGS Maps and Aerial Photos Online
USGS-provided links to online sources of viewable map data from a variety of vendors and sources. All provide some access to viewable (and printable) map data, and all have products related to maps and mapping available for sale.
U.S. Geological Survery Mapping Science Software
Index page for access to U.S.G.S.-produced software (and some non-U.S.G.S. public domain or shareware) used in topographic, geologic and water resources mapping applications. There is some extremely good software here, and, because your tax dollars paid for it, it is all free to download and use.
USGS Links to Maps, Data and Software
This page contains links to map data, mapping sofware (developed by USGS or under public contract), and lots of other potentially useful materials for geoscience researchers.
U.S. Geo Data
This site provides access to USGS digital elevation model (DEM) data files which may be used with some of the USGS mapping software products listed above. Includes data ranging in scale from 1:2,000,000 to (limited coverage at) 1:24,000.

Geological Research Sites (Libraries, Journals)

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Current Research -- UNM Dissertations
Current Research@ hosts online, electronic copies of dissertations produced at the University of New Mexico. While the dissertations are not as complete as they should be for Earth & Planetary Sciences, this is still a good resource. Users may also connect to their main page to search for dissertations available from other participating institutions. Note that access to these pages may be restricted to users connecting from UNM-based addresses. To access other resources offered by ProQuest connect to their main web site at
UNM Centennial Library -- Earth & Planetary Sciences
A good starting point for doing geological research provided by UNM's Centennial Science and Engineering Library. (Please note that some resource links are only available to computers logged in from UNM network addresses.)
Yahoo's Earth Science Sites
A truly massive (albeit not very thoroughly described) compilation of thousands of sites providing information on different aspects of the Earth Sciences.
Department of Energy Office of Science and Technology Information (OSTI)
OSTI provides indices to published energy-related literature, full-text versions of many DOE "gray literature" publications in the "Information Bridge" and access to report preprints through the "PrePrint Network". The interface allows simultaneous search of multiple databases and can find hard-to-find material, and the "Information Bridge" is one of the only indexes for the many internally published documents from National Laboratories such as Los Alamos, Sandia, Livermore, Oak Ridge, LBL, etc.
Geologica ACTA
Formerly ACTA Geologica Hispanica, this is a rare species nowadays -- a geological Journal that is freely available online at no cost. It is a general geological journal that focuses on the Caribbean, Central and South America with the goal of rapid dissemination of current research results.

Geological Software Sources

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Boss International
Boss International specializes in civil & environmental engineering software, offering software for professionals in the fields of hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, groundwater modeling and surface modeling. This is not shareware or low-cost software, but high-quality, usable commercial packages. Depending on the package, PC and UNIX versions may be available, and many have free demos which may be downloaded.
University of Erlangen
Links to some handy shareware or free geological software (mostly for X-ray diffraction and mineralogy) produced at the University of Erlangen in Germany.
Producer of over 200 earth science software programs (and dealer for many other vendor's products), rockware is the home of RockWorks, LogPlot, Digitize32 and RockWare Visual Seismic. Website features lots of product information, a full on-line catalog (with secure ordering), and free software and information to download.
Computer Oriented Geological Society (COGS)
COGS is a Colorado-based group which provides access to a lot of geological software, mostly free or shareware, and mostly for PCs and Macs. There are a lots of programs available on their FTP site, some useful, some quite old.
Free Software for Mineralogy and Petrology
This is a list of links to computer software available on other servers made available through the Mineralogical Society of America. URLs are given where you can download software at no cost. The link for each software title leads to the home page (if available) or links directly to the source for the downloads (if there is no home page).
Silicon Heights Computers
Silicon Heights Computers is a locally owned and operated company (located in the NE Heights) which specializes in software and hardware for Academic use (including personal purchase by faculty, staff and students). They will usually will have lower prices on already discounted Academic-priced software from many vendors and also carry digital cameras, projectors, presentation boards, etc. Owner Judy Muldawer will usually meet or beat other vendor's prices on most items (getting quotes for not-regularly-stocked items), can order and deliver most items quickly, and they take UNM POs and SPOs.
SoilVision Systems, Ltd.
SoilVision Systems Ltd. develops and markets knowledge-based database software for the warehousing and estimation of soil properties, including the modeling of seepage, stress analysis, contaminant transport, thermal analysis, or volume change. This site includes detailed information about their software, plus quite a bit of information about soils and soil science, some free software, digital publications and website links.
The Soft Earth
A compilation of software resources available on the Worldwide Web compiled at the University of Macquarie in Australia. The link here is to the Oxford University (UK) link which seems to be more reliably available than the original. The companion page, The Virtual Earth, is a listing of Internet resources available to geoscientists. Although not updated very frequently, this is a very large resource and one of the most comprehensive to be found.

Geophysics Sites

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Geophysics on the Internet
This site, maintained by John Butler at the University of Houston, provides links to geophysics resources on the Internet including a directory of resources (organizations, universities, courses, etc.), reference material sources, online data sources and some career information. The site also includes some basic tutorial material about how to use the Internet.

Global Change (and Climate) Research Sites

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Global Change Master Directory
The global change master directory maintained by NASA provides access to global change data. Navigation of the site can be confusing, but if you are looking for data from actual material (i.e., Ice cores, stratigraphic records, etc.) for global change research, this is a good place to look. The earth sciences links page is quite extensive and useful.


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American Water Resources Association
Mostly an information page for AWRA members and associates, this site also includes a job-posting job-searching pages and links to other organizations.
Hydrology Web
Earth & Environmental Sciences Center at Pacific Northwest Labs puts together this very comprehensive page of links to hydrology resources on the Internet. Their page of links to Computer Modeling and Software is VERY comprehensive.
Groundwater Remediation Project (Canada)
The Groundwater Remediation Project of the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada (located in Burlington, Ontario) provides information about the project (including available software) plus educational resources about groundwater, and other links on the Internet.
International Association of Hydrogeologists Geo-Links
A page of Geological and Hydrogeological links which includes many resources outside of North America.
USGS Water Resources
USGS Water Resource page provides links to all sorts of water data (real-time and historical stream flow, water quality, etc.), information on publications and products (including software), links to different state branches, and educational topics related to water.
Universities Water Information Network
This site (funded by USGS and UCOWR) is a clearinghouse for water research information on the Internet, and provides many links to other sites (the WetList) as well as a large searchable database of hydrologic abstracts dating back to 1967.
UNM Water Resources Program Links
A very large compilation of links related to water resources from UNM's Masters of Water Resources Program pages. To find out more about the program, click on the WRP graphic link at the top of the page.

Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science

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Crystallography World Wide
Index to crystallographic resources and servers everywhere.
Clay Mineralogy Web Sites
Index to sites with resources on clay mineralogy, maintained by Steve Chipera from LANL for the Clay Minerals Society. This page also links to the Clay Minerals Society home page.
Splendor in Stone
A online resource from the New York State Museum explores the microscopic world inside rocks and minerals and its intersection with the artistic world.
Polarized Light Digital Image Gallery of Rocks and Minerals
This substantial atlas of polarized light images of rocks and minerals is provides as a small part of a very large site provided by Olympus, one of the world's largest suppliers of petrographic (and other) research microscopes. This site also includes many other microscopic images and lots of very neat interactive information about all kinds of microscopy -- explore the menus along the left side of the screen to see what is there.
Learn How Rocks are Formed
Yext Stoneshops are an association of stone fabricators (granite countertop anyone?). This page is a well done summary of the different rock types and how they are formed that links to numerous other online resources with information and illustrations. Great for pre-college students wanting to learn about rocks and minerals.
Free Software for Mineralogy and Petrology
This is a list of links to computer software available on other servers made available through the Mineralogical Society of America. URLs are given where you can download software at no cost. The link for each software title leads to the home page (if available) or links directly to the source for the downloads (if there is no home page).
X-Ray Diffraction Resources
The "links" pages for the X-Ray Powder Diffraction laboratory in our Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences provides links to quite a few resources (tutorial, software, vendors, etc.) in the realm of X-ray powder diffraction, crystallography and materials science. Visitors are also welcome to visit the class page for the Introduction to Powder Diffraction course taught in the department.

Petrology and Geochemistry

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Free Software for Mineralogy and Petrology
This is a list of links to computer software available on other servers made available through the Mineralogical Society of America. URLs are given where you can download software at no cost. The link for each software title leads to the home page (if available) or links directly to the source for the downloads (if there is no home page).
MELTS Home Page
MELTS is a program that does calculations of magma evolution. The main MELTS program is a Web-based Java applet that does the calculations online requiring no software installation. There are also a variety of UNIX versions available (including Mac OS-X and Linux).
Terry Gordon's Thermodynamics Program Links
An excellent compilation of computer resources available on the WWW (and elsewhere on the Internet) to do a variety of geochemical and thermodynamic modeling calculations, maintained by Terry Gordon at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Planetary Sciences

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Center for Mars Exploration
Lots of nifty links to Mars-related things provided by The Center for Mars Exploration at NASA Ames.
NASA / JSC Earth Images
Johnson Space Center index and link to digital images of earth (primarily from Shuttle missions). The "Earth Observation" link indexes many hundreds of images by mission and location on the earth, most in JPEG format.
NASA Planetary Data
Planetary Data Systems provides access to space images and data gathered and derived from NASA missions with links to the organizations actually providing the data. A great index of planetary data.
The Nine Planets
A very nice compilation of information about our solar system, with lots of NASA images of the bodies discussed. Great for planetary geology and astronomy students alike. From the Lunar & Planetary Lab at the Univ. of Arizona.
Project Galileo (JPL)
Ongoing information about Project Galileo, and its mission to do close encounters with much of the outer solar system throughout the 1990s. A neat page, frequently updated and very good for students.
Space Telescope Electronic Information Service
Amidst more mundane information, this site provides access to lots of incredible images of galaxies, nebulae, supernovas, and things beyond imagination which have been observed and recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope. Highly nifty site.

Sedimentary (and Petroleum) Geology and Paleontology

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Founded in 1917, AAPG is the world's largest geological organization. The focus is naturally on Oil and Gas related sedimentary geology, but with some emphasis on environmental issues as well. Student memberships are about as close to free as you can get. Site includes information about publications, O&G news, and links.
NM Museum of Natural History Paleontology Collection Database
Imagine every fossil from New Mexico in the museum's collection indexed every way imaginable (genus, formation, age, location) in a vast searchable online database and this is what you have. A great resource and very cool to boot.
Web Resources for Sedimentary Geologists
Compiled by Becky Dorsey of the University of Oregon, this page has lots of links to publications, other web sites, and personal pages of other Sedimentary Geologists. A very useful if not totally up-to-date resource.
Oilfield Internet Resources
Extensive compilation of Oilfield (including some petroleum and sedimentary geology) resources provided by the giant Schlumberger Corporation. The emphasis here is on production case studies rather than geology, but there is a lot of information. "Premium" content requires registration which is free for customers and for Email addresses with an academic affiliation (and grantable to interested parties who request it).
PartsGeek Petroleum Resource Page
Suggested by a user of this page, this is an excellent compilation of links to many different aspects of the commercial use, development, geology and business of Oil and Gas exploration and development. As a bonus, you get quick links a place you can buy parts for your car as well (though we can't really endorse that side of things).
Originally formed in 1926 as the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists is now the independent Society for Sedimentary Geology. Site includes news, meeting schedules, links to regional section web sites, and information about publications (including an online store).
USGS Bedform Sedimentology.
If understanding sedimentary bedforms is of interest to you, Dave Rubin of USGS created and maintains this page which provides access his bedform models created with software which is available for downloading from this site.

Structural Geology and Tectonics

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Structural Geology and Metamorphic Petrology on the WWW
Jurgen Kraus' very comprehensive and useful compilation of WWW sites is hosted by the Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG) and has several mirror sites as well. Although it is not completely up-to-date, it is one of the few comprehensive resources available. (Note: The site is sometimes slow to respond.)
The World-Wide Earthquake Locator
A global resource for all things related to Earthquakes including all recent locations, links to current events, the origin of earthquakes in the tectonic framework, and lots more all put together by Bruce Gittings and cohorts in the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh.


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Cascades Volcano Observatory
Everything about activities of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory including global climate change work and the volcano disaster assistance program. Includes great 50 image slide show about Mt. St. Helens. Provides a page of WWW links with none outside of government pages.
Hawaii Volcano Observatory"
The US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) it the source for information about volcanic activity and volcanism in the Hawaiian Islands. The "Volcano Watch" newsletter contains the latest alerts for local residents and lots of information about the big Island's volcanoes (with access to several years of back issues).
Alaska Volcano Observatory
A joint venture of USGS, U. of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Geological Survey, the agency is charged with researching the active volcanoes of Alaska, assessing hazards, and disseminating information to the public. Includes a very comprehensive atlas of Alaskan volcanoes.
Michigan Tech's Volcanoes Page
Michigan Tech's volcanoes page is an extensive collection of information and links to volcanological sites from around the world. If you're interested in volcanoes, you will want this page in your bookmark file.
Space Radar Images of Earth
NASA-JPL Index to synthetic aperture radar images of earth. Many images are of active and ancient volcanoes, but there are lots of other images as well. Most are available in moderate-resoulution GIF images or monstrously huge and highly detailed TIF images.
U of Washington Volcano Systems Center
Mostly internal information about ongoing research programs with a few links to other Volcanological Resources.
Volcano World
Hosted by the University of North Dakota, this massive site is truly a team effort and it shows. On the Internet since January, 1995, this site is the most extensive collection of links and information about volcanoes all over the world. While it sports a very friendly interface and a "popular science" look, the scientific information here is first-rate. A super volcanological site!

Web Sites in other Departments and Links Pages

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Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction
Mark Francek at Central Michigan University has put together this well organized group of pages designed to serve as a resource of Earth Science and Geography instructors and students.
Earth & Environmental Sciences at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
UNM's neighbor to the south in Socorro has a well developed web site with lots of resource links to New Mexico geological sites, links to the NM Bureau of Mines, and information about their academic programs.
U. of Calgary Geology and Geophysics
A very resource-full home page for information about the U. Calgary programs with many, MANY links to other sites. See Terry Gordon's Thermodynamics page for links to excellent geochemical computer programs.
The Virtual Earth
Macquarie University's introduction to the Internet for geologists is very useful in providing help in how to use the net, and links to other sites. Not graphically fancy, but a very useful compilation.
The Virtual Geosciences Professor
A resource page for Geoscience teachers and departments put together by John Butler of the University of Houston provides links to universities which make innovative use of the Worldwide Web to provide course information and resources for students. Dr. Butler also hosts ANON (Another Node on the Net) which provides links to information from the periodical Computers and Geosciences.
Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia
This very useful and evolving WWW site provides lots of links to useful resources in Earth and Ocean Sciences. Check out the "Educational Resources" for some very innovative web-based course-specific materials.

Earth Science Employment Related Sites

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Based in Cambridge, England, Earthworks is a world-wide online database of career opportunities in all areas of the Earth Sciences, including academic, government and industry. The service is free to job-seeking Web browsers, with a nominal fee for posting jobs for advertisers (including individuals wishing to post resumes).
A new (under a year old) exchange service for job-offerers and job-seekers has a fairly large number of postings indexed by location and type of job. The job-type search doesn't always yield all results, so searches are best kept as general as possible. This is only a listing service and does not participate in the actual application or hiring process, but unlike most listing services this one is free to both offerers and seekers.

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