GEO - Group on Earth Observations Global geospatial community to convene in Geneva on May 5-9 Geospatial Media and Communications, in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and SwissTopo, will host the Geospatial World Forum on 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva. The conference will convene representatives of the geospatial commercial sector and government/policy end users. A program titled, "Geospatial Industry Forging Ties with GEOSS" will be held on Monday, 5 May, and the GEO Appathon 2014 will kick off on Wednesday, 7 May. Find more information here. First Copernicus satellite, Sentinel 1A was launched successfully! The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch of ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite. The launch can be viewed here 10th GEO IGWCO COP Meeting Global Agriculture Ministers Recognize Value of GEOGLAM GEO Issues GEOSS AIP Call for Participation GEO Congratulates JAXA-NASA on GPM Launch
The USGS Water Science School: All about water! USGS Home Contact USGS Search USGS The USGS Water Science School The USGS Water Science School Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. Interactive Water Cycle diagram (three age levels) Water Cycle for Schools | Teacher resources The USGS Water Resources of the United States provides water information that benefits the Nation's citizens. Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices U.S. Electronic Zoo Animal Species Text and Non-Netscape Browsers, [Start Here] Select a Species from the Pick List, the Image Map above, or the Menu below. Return to: National Geographic Extreme Explorer Magazine Meet some of the most mysterious big cats. Play this photo matching game to discover the hidden world of jaguars. Photographs by: © WorldsWildlifeWonders/Age Fotostock (jaguar eyes); © Doug Perrine/SeaPics.com (fish); Mike Hollingshead/Science Source (supercell storm); Tier Und Naturfotografie J und C Sohns/Getty Images (bird).
Geology.com: News and Information for Geology & Earth Science What is an Animal? Photo credit: David Bygott, Giraffa camelopardalis. CC BY-NC-SA It is estimated that around 9 or 10 million species of animals inhabit the earth; the exact number is not known and all estimates are rough. Animals range in size from no more than a few cells to organisms weighing many tons, such as the giant squid. All animals are members of the Kingdom Animalia, also called Metazoa. Animal cells lack the rigid cell walls that characterize plant cells. The development of most animals is characterized by distinctive stages, including a zygote, formed by the product of the first few divisions of cells following fertilization; a blastula, which is a hollow ball of cells formed by the developing zygote; and a gastrula, which is formed when the blastula folds in on itself to form a double-walled structure with an opening to the outside, the blastopore. Research continues on the evolutionary relationships of the major groups of animals. References Hickman, C.P. and L.