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St. Elias Erosion/Tectonics Project (STEEP)

Louise McMinn, ARMADA Master Teacher
Antonia Littlestone, ARMADA Mentee

Print Resources
  • Jenkins, Peter. 2001. Looking for Alaska New York: St. Martin's Griffin 434 p.
    This is a journal of the eighteen months that Peter and his family spent in Alaska. Their base was Seward, Alaska, but they traveled throughout Alaska and documented the stories of many residents. It is a picturesque view of Alaska from a native of Connecticut.
  • Student Books:
    • Blobaum, Cindy 1999 Geology Rocks! 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth. Williams Publishing Company
      This fun and interactive book provides 50 different activities for children to do in order to gain a better understanding of the science of geology and also to look at the fascinating processes that formed the earth. Winner of the Teachers' Choice Award.
    • Hurst, Carol Otis Rocks in His Head. Illustrated by James Stevenson. Greenwillow Books. 32pp.
      Elementary The simple narrative and sensitive illustrations vividly portray how a childhood passion for rocks leads to a productive and satisfying career. This true story describes how study, commitment, and a love for learning overcome such obstacles as a lack of education, money, and formal training.
    • Lindop, Laurie Probing Volcanoes (Science on the Edge). Illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Twenty-First Century Books/Millbrook. 80pp. Library ISBN 0-7613-2700-2, $26.60.
      Middle level. This book provides a captivating account of the scientists who venture into volcanic craters to learn the secrets of volcanoes. Readers get an excellent glimpse into the rewarding and exciting careers of geologists and geochemists. Glossary, Index, Internet Resources.
  • Science Knowledge:
    • Collier, Michael. 1999. Land In Motion - California's San Andreas Fault Golden Gate National Parks Association.
      Stunning aerial photos and a cogent geologic history of the most famous fault on earth. Winner NPS Director's Award, 2000
    • Johnson, Rebecca L. Plate Tectonics. Illustrated with prints and photographs. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group. 80pp.
      Advanced From the Great Ideas in Science series, this volume describes in excellent detail the chronology of the plate tectonics theory and the evidence that finally led to its acceptance. It is a superb example of the arduous journey from hypothesis to scientific theory. Diagrams and explanations of the theory are also included. Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Biographies, Further Reading, Websites, Source Notes. CVM
    • Stille, Darlene R Erosion: How Land Forms, How It Changes. Illustrated by Jaime Martens. Compass Point Books. 48pp.
      Middle level. This book is a straightforward resource for learning about erosion and its effects. The book discusses erosion by wind, water, and ice, and when or if erosion should be controlled. It has many color illustrations, but the type is very small, with particularly tiny caption text, and its reading level is advanced. Glossary, Index, Further Resources, Did You Know.
  • Reference Books:
    • Alaska
      • Connor, Cathy and O'Haire, Daniel 1988 Roadside Geology of Alaska Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing. 250 p.
        This book is part of the Roadside Geology series. It presents the geology of Southern Alaska, including maps, diagrams, and black and white photographs. It is a good overview for both beginner and advanced geologists.
      • Lethcoe, Jim 1990 Geology of Prince William Sound, Alaska. Valdez, Alaska: Prince William Sound Books. 224 p.
        Although it is becoming dated, this book offers a detailed explanation of the geophysics of Prince William Sound and the surrounding area. Explanations and diagrams are easily understood by beginner geologists. Hand-drawn maps and black and white photographs are included.
    • Connecticut Geology
      • Bell, Michael, 1997, The Face of Connecticut: People, Geology and the Land, Hartford, Connecticut: The State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut. 196 p.
        Detailed information on how Connecticut was formed and shaped. Includes detailed maps and color photographs. The State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut: Hartford, Connecticut.
      • Fisher, Donald W. and Nightingale, Stephen L. 2006 The Rise and Fall of The Taconic Mountains: A Geological History of Eastern New York. Hensonville, New York: Black Dome Press Corp. 184 pages
        This book includes am explanation of the geological history of eastern New York and western Massachusetts. Chapters are divided by geological time periods. Information on basic geological features is described.
    • Tectonics and Earthquakes
      • Barnes-Svarney, Patricia 2007 When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks, New York: Thunder's Mouth Press
        This book covers the basics of earthquakes and then goes on to examine earthquake occurrences throughout the world, concentrating on those that don't fall along the more active faults.
      • Collier, Michael. 2007. Over the Mountains: An aerial view of geology. Mikaya Press
        Magnificent photos and explanations of geological features across the United States
      • Cuff, Kevin; Carmichael, Ian; and Willard, Carolyn 2002 Plate Tectonics: The Way the Earth Works University of California at Berkeley: Lawrence Hall of Science 206 p
        A Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program that gives an inquiry approach for middle school students to understand plate movement and volcanoes. The units are material intensive, although many of the materials are reusable. The information is presented in eight sessions and has the students role-playing as scientists from Hawaii, Japan, Nepal and Iceland. The explanations and resources included are helpful.
      • Nield, Ted. 2007. SuperContinent. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press 272 p
        This book describes both the earliest and latest theories of plate tectonics and the geological history of Earth. It is written in a historical context, the reader can understand how the scientific ideas were developed.
    Web Resources
    • Alaska
      • Alaska Park Service, June 2007 Scientific Studies on Climate Change in Alaska's National Parks Volume 6, Issue 1.
        This issue of the Alaska Park Service journal was published at the beginning of IPY. It focuses on studies that were completed in Alaska's National Parks. One article shows dramatic photos of Denali glaciers, comparing the past and present. Another article describes archeological artifacts found in melting glaciers in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
      • Geologic Guide to Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
        A guide to the history of geological exploration of the park and the features found in the park. The guide includes maps, photographs, and diagrams of plate formations. This is an excellent resource of the natural history of this area.
    • Connecticut Geology
      • Connecticut Geology
        Information on the geological history of Connecticut
      • The Face of Connecticut Michael Bell
        Online version of the geological history of Connecticut
      • Paleontological Research Institution Explanation of historical glacial activity in the Northeast
        This website by the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York gives links to the geologic history, rocks, fossils, glaciers and other geoscience topics. Information is arranged by sections of the country, and then divided by major landforms of the area. Teacher resources, virtual fieldtrips and readings are given for most topics.
    • General Geology
    • Alaska Geology
      • National Park Service- Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains
        This site gives an overview of the Chugach, Wrangell and St. Elias Mountain ranges. It tells the geological history, natural resources, ecosystems, current uses and development that is occurring. Links to teacher lesson plans and kits are included.
      • St. Elias Erosion/Tectonics Program (STEEP)
        This website describes the STEEP project, the geoscientists involved and the abstracts that have been developed from the program. This is a five year National Science Foundation funded program.
    • Glaciers
    • Student Websites
      • NASA Astroventure
        This NASA developed site has students learn about careers in geology, biology and astronomy. The animated geology guide offers both career and content information in a fun way for students.
      • American Geological Institute- Careers in the Geoscientists
        Easy to understand site that explains the career opportunities and education required for that career. The site offers links to videos and printed material about geoscience careers.