Contests


Photography Contest

"Earth Systems Interacting"

Geoscientists study our planet’s geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres or Earth systems continually affect and influence one another. Photography is an important medium for representing Earth systems. With a camera, you can capture evidence of the dynamic impact of change processes in your home, neighborhood, school, workplace, or local public spaces. In a photo, show at least one Earth system affecting another Earth system in your community. More info.


Visual Arts Contest

"Picturing Earth Systems"

Earth science is the study of Earth systems — land, water, air, and living things. Scientists pay special attention to the ways that these things affect each other, such as the way wind shapes the landscape or falling rain nourishes plants. These parts of the natural world can be described not only in words and numbers, but also in images. How might you create a picture that illustrates Earth systems affecting each other? Use artwork to show how land, water, air, and living things interact in the world around you. More info.


Essay Contest

"Earth Science Visualization Today"

Since the earliest hand-drawn maps and diagrams, “visualization” has been an important way of explaining and understanding the interactions of land, water, air, and living things. Earth scientists today use more sophisticated technology to monitor and represent these Earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. What contemporary means of geoscience visualization do you use in your daily life? What types are being used in areas such as agriculture, construction, energy, disaster preparedness, and climate science? Explain one way that geoscientists’ use of cutting-edge visualization is advancing Earth science today. More info.

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