Welcome to this special NOAA page for fun science stuff!
NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We are the government agency that focuses on the oceans and skies. Whether you live near the beach, in the mountains, or on the plains, NOAA is at work for you, predicting your weather, studying climate, exploring the oceans, managing coastal resources, assessing fish and marine mammals, and a whole lot more. Thank you for visiting us - we hope you come back often to EXPLORE YOUR WORLD.
Below are links to NOAA Web sites to help you in your explorations...click on the links to learn more!
The NOAA Ocean Explorersite captures the exciting things happening in our exploration adventures. We probe undersea volcanoes, deep sea corals, shipwrecks, hydrothermal vents and much more. There are neat images, video, stories and things to do. Learn how scientists explore the ocean depths with ships, submarines and robots. Take the ocean challenge puzzle and download desktop wallpaper for your computer.
Designed for educators and students at the high school level, NOAA's National Ocean Service has a series of Discovery Kits and Discovery Stories incorporating many multi-media features on the subjects of: corals, estuaries, non-point pollution, geodesy, and tides and water levels, as well as invasive species and oil spills. The Discovery Classroom offers lesson plans on a variety of topics from coral reef conservation to marine navigation.
Have fun and learn more about the marine life and extraordinary habitats that make up America's underwater sanctuaries. Check this site for the debut of their new media library which will have exciting new images and videos from NOAA's sanctuaries.
The Tornadoes! Web site covers one of nature's most violent storms. In an average year, about 1,000 tornadoes are reported across the United States. Tornadoes come in all shapes and sizes and can occur anywhere in the U.S. at any time of the year. In the southern states, peak tornado season is March through May, while in the northern states peak months are during the summer. Check out this Web site to learn what causes tornadoes, how they form, what shapes and sizes they come in, and fun facts and myths about these storms. This site will also help you prepare for a tornado, to keep yourself and your family safe.
Jetstream: An Online Weather School has information on many weather topics including the atmosphere, the ocean, global circulation, meteorology, thuderstorms, lightening, tropical weather, and more.
Puffy the Puffer's Book of Fun Fish Facts has fish facts and games. You can learn how NOAA scientists study different fish, test your knowledge with marine trivia, learn how yellow rubber duckies helped scientists understand ocean surface currents, and complete fun, fishy word searches, mazes, puzzles, and more!
The NOAA Coral Kingdom Photo Gallery has breathtaking images of the undersea world of coral reefs. Coral reefs are some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet and the Gallery has photos of many beautiful, strange, and even bizarre creatures that call reefs home. For more information on coral reefs, visit the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Web site and take a guided coral reef tour and or check out the site's list of learning links.
In NOAA's Ark Photo Gallery, you will discover wonderful photographs of marine mammals, birds, and other animals that NOAA studies and protects on a day-to-day basis. Share the wonder of these creatures and join NOAA as it works to ensure their continued existence for generations to come
The FISHFAQ Web site provides answers to some of the most nagging questions about fish. Ever wonder why fish smell stinky? Or where lobsters live? Or how long sea turtles can live underwater? Check this site for answers to these questions and more and learn some truly fascinating facts about fish and other kinds of marine life.
The NOAA Education Web site provides links to activities and interesting, cool things for students and teachers. You'll find links to help you learn more about weather, climate change, oceans, coasts, satellites, and space.
More about NOAA
NOAA puts science, technology, and engineering to work for you. What does this mean? It means that the work NOAA does helps you on a daily basis. People rely on NOAA for local weather forecasts, tornado warnings, safe and vibrant coastal waters, a long-lasting supply of quality seafood, safe movement of ships and cargo on our waterways, oil spill recovery...the list goes on.
NOAA is a leader in the environmental sciences. We look at the world up close and from far away, studying fish molecules with microscopes in one laboratory while satellites serve up a bird's-eye-view of the Earth in another. NOAA is an exciting place to be: NOAA ships map the oceans, NOAA aircraft hunt hurricanes, and NOAA scientists are there every step of the way. "Science, service and stewardship" is NOAA's motto, working to give you the best information possible about the world around you.
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