This is a new and exciting development where diagrams are brought to life. They are an excellent way of improving your understanding of some of the key processes that take place in our world.

Many are from the Department of Geology and Geography at the University of West Virginia - Just click on the links below for access.


Waterfalls - stage by stage processes that lead to their formation

How a river erodes - Watch the processes of Traction and Saltation occur

Ox Bow Lakes - Watch the sequence of how meanders eventually form an Oxbow Lake

Flood Plains and Levees - Stage by stage on how features on the flood plain are created

HEP - A nice working diagram of how Hydro Electric Power is created

Plate Tectonics

How Rift Valleys are produced and how they turn into Constructive Plate Boundaries

Convection Currents and how they move in the mantle of the earth

Constructive plate boundaries and how earthquakes and volcanoes take place

Destructive plate boundaries and how they cause volcanoes and earthquakes

Island Arc formation such as the Japanese Islands

Collision plate boundaries such as the formation of the Himalayas

Hot spot volcanoes and how they are formed such as the ones at Hawaii

Seismographs and how they show an Earthquake taking place

The theory of Plate Tectonics and how the continents developed from the original - Pangaea

How do Geysers work?


How waves reach the coast showing their main features

Destructive and Constructive waves and their main features

How the process of long shore drift works along a coast

Bars and Spits - How they are formed

How spits and salt marshes are formed

How coasts are eroded and cliffs, arches and stacks formed


The Atmosphere

An excellent introduction to the atmosphere and how it works

A look at the global energy budget

An excellent site from the University of Oregon with links to a number of animations

Global wind circulation - an excellent interactive site

Another interactive site looking at the annual changes in weather

The causes and consequences of Global warming

El Nino observation maps

Excellent for looking at up to the minute information on rainfall with radar animations

Another site from the Met Office showing 3 day forecasts

An interactive animation to explain warm and cold fronts