The VIRTUAL EARTH

A Tour of the World Wide Web For Earth Scientists


This page is an introduction to the World Wide Web for Earth Scientists. It is not intended to be a resource listing, but to illustrate the potential of the Web as an information retrieval system. A second part of this document is The Soft Earth, which is more of a resource listing of software available on the Net.

You can peel The Virtual Earth off your browser and modify it to your own requirements. This is to enable people to modify and maintain their own versions of the Virtual Earth. This will result in many variants of the Virtual Earth, but you can click here to obtain the latest version of the original page.

The Virtual Earth is mirrored weekly at Mikael Niklasson's page in Sweden.

Some of the features used in this document are the mailto: and news: URL's. The onus is on the user to ensure their browser is capable of a mailto: procedure and is configured for the news: procedure.


CONTENTS


General Information

The World Wide Web is an initiative by the CERN organisation for a global information retrieval system. If you know very little about the Internet, then The Big Dummies Guide to the Internet is a good start, although there is a lot to read.

If you know nothing about the Web, then the on-line article by Hughes, Entering the World Wide Web or the article by Torkington, The WWW Primer, are good starting points. The USGS has Training Material on the WWW and Mosaic, plus an Internet Resources Page. Telstra Corporation in Australia provides some on-line documents on Internet Guides and Papers on the Internet and the Web. Another good site for Internet Information is the Self Guided Tour of the Internet at the University of Houston.

For more specific information on the Web you should read the FAQ for WWW. As Web connections are based on Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), and URLs are becoming a standard way of refering to connections on the Internet, then browsing Tim Berners-Lee's article Uniform Resource Locators may be a good idea.


What's On The Web


Starting Points for Web Exploration

Subject orientated starting points for Web exploration fall into two general catagories, register of Web sites and Robots, which actively seek out web servers and place their information in a searchable database.


Earth Sciences Resources