This is Earth Science

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Online Earth Science Text Book is now Available. Please click on the link to the left "College Prep Earth Science"   
Online Environmental Text Book is now Available. Please click on the link to the left "College Prep Environmental Science"

If you have any questions about Earth Science or Environmental Science, you may contact Mr. DePatto by email or call Hanover High School at the following number: 781-878-5450  
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Neil Armstrong's 1969  moonwalk was the culmination of the US space program in the 1960's initiated by president John F Kennedy. The Apollo program ended without completing it's last three missions. Richard Nixon launched the"Space Shuttle" program which will end in July, 2011.          

Welcome to Our Solar System. A site for teachers, students, or anyone who wants to learn more about the solar system. Click on something in the solar system above to explore that area or click on any of the topics on the moon below to explore those areas.

The basic building block for all life on Earth, water is the most plentiful natural resource on the planet; in fact, over two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water. Of the freshwater, only 1 percent is easily accessible as ground or surface water, the remains are stored in glaciers and icecaps. Moreover, freshwater is not evenly distributed across land surfaces, and there are a number of heavily populated countries located in arid lands where fresh water is scarce.

Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the Earth to locate and develop energy and mineral resources.. Some use their knowledge about Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events. 

The Importance of Earth Science  

Today we live in a time when the Earth and its inhabitants face many challenges. Our climate is changing and that change is being caused by human activity. Earth scientists recognized this problem and will play a key role in efforts to resolve it. We are also challenged to: develop new sources of energy that will have minimal impact on climate; locate new sources of metals and other mineral resources as known sources are depleted; and, determine how Earth's increasing population can live and avoid serious threats such as volcanic activity, earthquakes, landslides, floods and more. These are just a few of the problems where solutions depend upon a deep understanding of Earth science. 

Earth Science Careers


If you are a pre-college student you can start preparing for a career in Earth science by enrolling in the college preparation program and doing well in all of your courses. Science courses are especially important but math, writing, and other disciplines are also used by Earth scientists during every working day. 

Some universities have Earth Science programs but most offer more specific training in programs such as geology, meteorology, oceanography or astronomy. In these programs you will be required to take some challenging courses such as chemistry, physics, biology and math. Earth science is an integrated science and professionals in that field must solve problems that require a knowledge of several fields of science. 


The astronauts are aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, which is fueled up and ready to blast off July 8, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. ET. It is the final mission of America's 30-year space shuttle program.

                        Tornado: Springfield Massachusetts
                                       June 1, 2011

Pyroclastic flows are also called nuees ardentes - or "burning clouds" - and are probably the single most destructive weapon in nature's armoury, capable of flattening cities in seconds.

It was such a catastrophe that destroyed the Roman town of Pompeii in AD79.

The 3,300 ft Chaiten Volcano, 800 miles south of the Chilean capital Santiago, is erupting for the first time in thousands of years, sending a plume of ash into the sky that stretches as far as Argentina.

Earth Science Careers --- continued

If you already have a degree in another discipline such as biology, chemistry, geography or physics, you might be able to go to and obtain a Master's degree in one of the Earth sciences. That will most likely require taking some undergraduate courses to meet program entry requirements. However, if you have a strong interest in Earth science it is probably worth doing. 

At present, job opportunities in many areas of the Earth sciences are better than average - even with the down economy. Opportunities in 
are especially good.

Land Use

The surface of the Earth is shaped by a combination of physical processes, including earthquakes and volcanoes, shifts of rocks and sediments, and flows of river and ice. Humans also shape the land through increasing populations, agricultural expansion, mineral and forest resource excavation, changing the flow of rivers, and with layers of industrial and urban infrastructure. is the physical and biological material found on the surface of the land, existing as vegetation or the built environment (human-created structures).  describes the various ways in which human beings make use of and manage the land and its resources. website
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