A combined effort between Steve Kluge at Fox Lane High School
and myself ended with the development of a poster presentation
at the Northeastern Sectional GSA Meeting demonstrating the usefulness
of the powerful, yet user friendly, program of Google Earth.
NOTE: The GE tours here are all 'works in progress', contributed
to this site by colleagues, teachers, and students. Feel free
to take and modify, edit, expand, and improve any of them, and
(please!) send them to Steve
Kluge or Eric
Fermann to be posted on this site or on it's mirror
site at Fox Lane.
The increased availability of detailed satellite imagery creates
a unique opportunity for Earth Science students to study landforms
and landscapes, enabling them to literally broaden their horizons
by including not only individual geologic features, but also boundaries
and transition zones between regions dominated by different geologic
processes. Since its release in the summer of 2005, GoogleEarth
has provided an uncomplicated means of combining satellite imagery
with geological and geographic information in dramatic fashion.
While satellite visualization tends to grab the student's attention,
it remains necessary to integrate these techniques into lessons
that include inquiry-based learning activities. The authors have
collaborated by beginning to create topical earth science lessons
and laboratory activities using the free GoogleEarth software
to enhance the conceptual understanding of topics ranging from
plate tectonics, volcanoes, glacial geology, erosion and deposition
in river systems, and meteorite impacts. These new exercises allow
educators to keep up with advances in technology and supply students
with the modern tools necessary to understand the fundamentals
of geological processes.
the poster here:
I have broken the poster into 4 parts due to its large file
size. Each file below is a .jpg file of significant size. Larger
.pdf files are available, but are not convenient to post on the
Part 1 - Abstract/Introduction
(1.9 MB jpg)
Part 2 - Useful Features (~2.3
Part 3 - Application (~2.7
Part 4 - More Useful Features/Summary
(~2.3 MB jpg)
To use the links below, you must have Google
Earth installed on your computer. If you don't have Google Earth,
you can get the free software here.
Follow the directions on their web page to install the program
onto your computer.
How to Use Google Earth
I put together a small (25 page) 'manual' to introduce Earth
science teachers to some of the techniques that make this program
so usefull for classroom demonstrations. Feel free to download
GE Manual for Earth Science
Teachers (~1 MB pdf)
Earth Layer Sites
As the usefulness and interest in Google
Earth grows, new layers are continuously being developed. Two
sites I find very useful are:
More sites will be added here as I find them.
Google Earth Layers
When I come across a particularly useful layer, I will post a link
to it here.
For Earth Science Classes
Most of the following links are *.kmz
files. Some are pictures (.jpg) or Microsoft Word (.doc) files.
To view any of the *.kmz links below, save
the appropriate link to your computer (right click...save
as...). Open the file in Google Earth.
NEW YORK STATE
TECTONICS (Volcanos, Earthquakes)
Sample lessons/activities from the GOOGLE EARTH WORKSHOP at
Purchase College, SUNY (1/7/2006)
NEGSA IMAGES, DOCUMENTS
on the French coast (Thanks, Matt Wasilawski) (.kmz)
in southern China (Guangxi Province - home of magnificent
tower karst, solution valleys, etc. BROWSE AROUND!) (.kmz)