Part 1: Extreme Environments
Lesson 2: Volcanoes
Types of lava.
There is some good information on volcanoes and an animation of a volcanic
This site discusses volcanic activity around the world. There is
also a link where you can ‘build’ a ‘virtual volcano.
There are some good photographs of volcanic eruptions.
More photographs of volcanoes.
Lesson 3: Caves
Great pictures of caves plus some neat simulations of cave features.
Journey Into Amazing Caves (IMAX™ movie trailer). Cool footage of
different types of caves from exotic places around the world.
This site provides links for virtual tours of caves.
This site has a cave database for researching caves around the world.
Links to caves around the world.
Lesson 4: Deserts
This site defines and describes the features of deserts. It also discusses deserts in the U.S.
Photos of desert landscapes.
Once you get into this one it has a chart with deserts of the world, and
their flora and fauna.
This is a very good site describing how to survive in a desert. Helpful
information when deciding what to take for a desert outing.
Suggested packing for a desert expedition.
Mountain Equipment Co-op is a great place to look for gear you might need
for a desert expedition. Product descriptions and prices can be found
on this site. A great resource for your Desert Expedition Activity in
Lesson 5: Polar Regions
Some wonderful photos of the landscape of Antarctica.
More photos of Antarctica.
This is a booklet for kids about the affects of global warming on the Arctic.
This site provides links to many sites with information on the Arctic.
This is a site for kids about the polar regions. It also includes
links to other sites.
Traditional Inuit clothing for surviving in the northern polar region.
More traditional Inuit clothing.
All about the Inuit.
All about kayaks, a traditional form of transportation in Canada's far
Ninety Degrees South is a futuristic vehicle designed for exploring the
northern polar region. Check it out for ideas for your own design in Lesson
Lesson 6: The Ocean
VENUS stands for Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea. This site
includes underwater images and videos of the VENUS project.
ROPOS is a Canadian-built deep sea submersible. Check out the Photo Gallery
for some pictures from the deep ocean.
At about 11,000 metres (36,000 feet) below sea level, the Challenger Deep
is the lowest spot on Earth. This news article talks about ‘another
underwater trench that may be just as deep.
BC inventor unveils deep-sea diving suit in US.
All about ‘Alvin’ - the deep sea submersible.
Try your hand at piloting Alvin in this virtual simulation.