A few links to other geological groups and initiatives...

 Geobiology of Critical Intervals: Steven Stanley's site for GOCI: proposes a new initiative in paleontology.

 CHRONOS: a dynamic, interactive and time-calibrated network of databases and visualization and analytical methodologies for sedimentary geology and paleobiology. 

 Paleobiology Database: a database containing global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age. provide a stratigraphic database with an innovative database design and user interface concepts, which offer all that is required to meet the needs of multidisciplinary knowledge management. a clearinghouse to inform the geosciences community about international activities in geoinformatics. 

 Digital Morphology: a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens. 

 EARTHTIME: an organized, community-based scientific initiative aimed at sequencing Earth history through the integration of high-precision geochronology and quantitative chronostratigraphy. They want to develop the geochronological techniques necessary to produce temporal constraints with uncertainties approaching 0.1 percent of the radioisotopic ages.

 Snowball Earth: a theory that the entire Earth was ice-covered for long periods 600-700 million years ago. Each glacial period lasted for millions of years and ended violently under extreme greenhouse conditions. These climate shocks may have triggered the evolution of multicellular animal life.

 The PaleoMap Project: illustrates the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. 

 The System for Earth Sample Registration, is an NSF funded project to build a web-based digital registry where investigators, curators, or other persons collecting and managing solid earth samples can register these samples to obtain an International Geo Sample Number IGSN, a serial number that for the first time will allow samples to be uniquely identified on a global scale. Through use of the IGSN , it will become possible to link and integrate wide ranges of sample-based data types, leading to new interdisciplinary approaches in research. 

 Paleostrat: A digital information system for sedimentary, paleontologic, stratigraphic, geochemical, geochronologic, and related data built through collaboration with the geoscience community to serve the community. The site is being revised as a portal and it should be available by mid-October 2005. 

 Paleoportal is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. Many different resources have been gathered into this single entry "portal" to paleontological information on the Internet. 

 Geosystems: Human civilization is faced with an increasing urgency to understand global climate change and its potential effects on ecosystems, resources, and habitability. The path to this understanding demands a fully integrated exploration of "alternative-Earth" climates that are uniquely preserved in the geologic record. GeoSystems is a community-based effort aimed at examining Earth's climate and linked systems throughout geologic time.

     National Science      Foundation

National Natural Science Foundation of China

    Geobiodiversity     Database