Essays and Research Papers on Earth & Physical Sciences

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Extra-Solar Planets

  • 12 page paper

A 12 page overview of extra-solar planets, those planets outside our own solar system which orbit around suns other than our Sun. Discusses the history of extra-solar planetary research providing the names and particulars of discoveries. Emphasizes the technological changes which are occurring which allow a constant refinement of astronomical theory regarding planet ...

A 10 page consideration of the theory of evolution and our current knowledge regarding the origin of life. Outlines Darwin's theories and the natural history information which led to those theories and provides a brief outline of the chemical basis for the origin of life. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

This 8 page paper provides an overview of 4 lesson plans of specific elements relative to Earth sciences. These lesson plans include plans on air and the weather; water, surface, & subsurface; origin, composition, & structure of soil & rocks; and concepts of life related to environmental science. Each lesson plan includes a ...

A 10 page research paper on flood, earthquake, and volcano destruction of human civilizations. The writer details the causes of such disasters and famous instances including Vesuvius, Krakatoa, New Madrid, San Francisco, and the great Mississippi floods of 1993. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

14 pages in length. As with most things in the twenty-first century, the production of lactic acid has become the latest victim of progress. The natural process that produces the fermented composition of lactose (milk sugar) is no longer considered economically feasible in its current state, inasmuch as it can be reproduced at a ...

11 pages in length. It was at 5:04 P.M. on Tuesday, October 17, 1989, and more than sixty-two thousand fans were inside Candlestick Park for the third game of the World Series. At the same time the San Francisco Bay Area commute started into its heaviest flow. It was exactly at this time that a Richter magnitude ...

This 12 page paper looks at the oil industry during the twentieth century and the way in which advances in technology have changed caused changes. The paper covers topics such as deep sea drilling, the use of computer and satellites and the speed of change. The bibliography cites 9 sources.

5 pages. The introduction of bioengineering into the mainstream of science and technology has been nothing more than a natural progression. To be sure, there is a definite need for such advancement if humanity is to endure the climate changes that are affecting the very food crop upon which people depend. Additionally, the advantages of bioengineering within the ...


  • 4 page paper

This 4-page paper discusses ecogenomics in connection with the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Plate Tectonics

  • 7 page paper

A 7 page paper discussing the theory of plate tectonics. Citing the works of various key theorists, the write describes how exploring plate tectonics helps us to better understand the validity of Continental Drift. Bibliography lists five sources.

A 5-page essay on the affects of science on government in the 1930s. This paper focuses on the social and political science of Marxism and Trotskism, economic science, and physics and how these led to decisions made by Britain, Germany, Russia, and other European countries. Bibliography lists 3 sources. JV1930sc.rtf.

15 pages. Because of the uncertainty in the agricultural markets there is a definite impact on the lending institutions that service them. There are so many variables in the farming industry that there is no guarantee from year to year that agribusinesses will be able to keep up with loan payments if they have one or more years ...

9 pages in length. The extent to which dust storms impact the world's health is both grand and far-reaching; that dry, desert and semi-arid rangelands represent the most significant regions where dust storms occur speaks to a tremendous number of people detrimentally affected by the natural occurrence. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 5 page paper reviewing the human component of the natural history of California’s Mono Lake, and the restoration requirements that have been in place since 1998. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

16 pages. The purpose of this paper is to explain the geological history and significance of the Manitou Springs formation in Colorado. Also included will be the area referred to as the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These geological sites are made up of a myriad of interesting formations forming ...

Remote Sensing

  • 7 page paper

This 7 page paper defines what remote sensing is, traces its history briefly, and explores some of its uses and what it might become in the future.

John Dalton

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page overview of the life and accomplishments of one of the fathers of physical science. This paper emphasized Dalton's work with gasses, Dalton's Law, and Charles' law. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Venus Transits The Sun

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page paper. An important astronomical event will occur on June 8, 2004 – Venus will transit the sun. This event occurs only four times every 243 years. Headlines announce it is a once-in-a-lifetime event since it will be another 122 years before it happens again. This essay explains what will happen, from where ...

A 5 page paper that provides a concise overview of the origin and major geological characteristics of the Basin and Range Province of the United States, and considers the implications of this information for understanding the geological development in the region. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing these rare forms of silica. Generally only found in areas where quartz rocks have been subjected to extremely high pressure such as in Arizona's Meteor Crater, stishovite was first discovered in sandstone that had been converted to glass as a result of the impact of the meteor. While ...

This 6 page report discusses the physical features of Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington State and compares it briefly with Mount Etna in Sicily. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Fossils/Burgess Shale

  • 7 page paper

A 7 page research paper that examines the fascinating fossil record that was found in the Burgess Shale. Because the Burgess Shale fossils contain examples of soft-bodied animals, which is very rare, these fossils have been called a "window to the Cambrian period" of prehistory. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Plate Tectonics

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page discussion of plate tectonics and the phenomenon's influence on the formation of the various features of the earth's topography such as the Himalayan Mountains. Emphasizes that the process is ongoing and that the mountains continue to grow to this day. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 11 page research paper examines the historical phenomena of volcano eruptions in Papua. The writer is particularly concerned with caldera eruptions, predictors, etc; Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Carlsbad Caverns

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper that presents an overview of the geological and geographical structure of Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. This paper recognizes the fragile states of this natural wonder, and presents and overview of the impact of the human element on the natural mineral structures created within the caves. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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