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About the EoE

The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

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The Encyclopedia of Earth is hosted on, a collaborative editing facility of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). is intended to provide an accessible, open source option for EOL and affiliated partner projects to maintain text content, with custodial access by the partners to continue their work, manage their communities, and keep their content up to date.


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Content Source Index Free and Open Content Sources Free and open content sources are organizations which allow the harvesting of their content with appropriate acknowledgements. The typical... More »

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Submitting an article Experts like you are the Encyclopedia’s most valuable asset -- we prominently feature authors and editors on every article. It is essential, therefore, to create a substantive user bio and upload a quality electronic image of yourself. Your bio should be at least a 150 word paragraph and should include the basic information one would expect in a biographical sketch, i.e., education, job experiences, awards, interests, and so on. A link to a full CV or resume is also encouraged. Because your user profile will be viewable by the public, include only that information which you feel comfortable being seen by everyone... More »

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General Glossary (About the EoE) This general glossary compiles definitions of specialized terms used throughout the Encyclopedia of Earth. Each term listed below has had a blue link created to allow authors to link to the given term in any article without having the reader leave the page. The terms below are words or phrases for which an entire article on the Encylopedia of Earth is not necessarily envisioned: Allohexaploidcells holding six copies of each chromosome: Cells holding six copies of each chromosome AnuranAn amphibian that has limbs but no tail (includes all frogs and toads): An amphibian that has limbs but no tail (includes all frogs and toads) ArheicRegion which generates no significant surface water runoff: Region that generates no significant surface water runoff Atomic numberThe number of protons in the nucleus of a given atom: The number of protons in the nucleus of a given... More »

Guidelines (About the EoE) Please follow the suggestions in this section as closely as possible. They've been designed to give the Encyclopedia a unified "look and feel" and to ensure that its contents are accessible to a general audience. In General... Be sure your intended topic fits the aims and scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth as described in the Scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth SEARCH your topic first to be sure that your intended topic hasn't been covered already Determine whether a new article on a separate page is justified. Sometimes it is better to add information to an existing article on a related topic. Choose your article name carefully. The name is important for the SEARCH function, for effective linking to other articles, and to your article's appropriate placement in the Encyclopedia Feel free to create links to other articles... More »