A World of Geologic Maps
OneGeology is a project, jut starting up, to consolidate data from geological maps around the world. I’ve always admired projects of this sort. Science is so big that it’s hard to get everyone together. Geologists have been particularly solitary sorts, as you would expect from people who want to make their life’s work going out into the boonies and talking to rocks, so you can find lots of geologic maps, even of an area as small as New Mexico, that don’t entirely fit together.
OneGeology proposes to bring them together around the world. This is one of the wonderful things that the internet has made possible. Another reason, besides personality, that this hasn’t been done before is that it takes an enormous amount of detail work to check one map against another. Sometimes just getting the maps is hard work. Making them available over the internet and being able to put them, virtually, side by side, allows the detail work to be done more easily.
Encyclopedia of the Earth
This is a wiki-ish enterprise, but with the qualification that its articles are written by experts in their fields. You must supply a curriculum vitae to be vetted before your article will be considered.
It’s relatively new and boasts 1000 articles. I searched some topics I’m interested in and found spotty coverage. Obviously they would benefit from my joining the project. When I have time…
Looking at the Ocean
If you’re a fan of Phila’s Friday nudibranch blogging, this is the site for you! They don’t have as many nudibranchs as Phila does (or I’m not searching well), but they have many, many other ocean animals in great photos, with popular and scientific information on them. The one above is the Atlantic spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber. Plus penguins, seals, and sharks, even a giant squid! There’s more, too, on conservation and expeditions, and The Plankton Forums, which you can join if you want to discuss marine life.
Finally, all of Charles Darwin’s works on line.