Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Almost 26 million people around the world joined the Great Shake Out today to improve earthquake readiness. But once you’ve prepared for an earthquake, what can you do the other 364 days in the year? Take a look at these amateur projects that let you take part in studying our not-so-solid Earth.

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Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Want to learn more about planetary science and astronomy? Top universities around the world run open online courses that anyone can take - free of charge. You won't get credit or a degree from CalTech or MIT, but you get to learn about space and our place in it from the top scientists in the world.

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TerraLook makes remote sensing easier for amateurs

The United States Geological Survey created TerraLook to make satellite imaging easier for people outside the remote sensing community. Using the raw data generated by LandSat and other remote sensing satellites requires training and expensive software. For most people - journalists, students, and other amateurs - a picture is all they need to illustrate a story, document conditions, or explain how things change over time. TerraLook makes it easier for them to use the forty year record of LandSat images. 

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