Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mid-Atlantic Geo-Image Collection (M.A.G.I.C.)

The Northern Virginia Community College team has been busy adding new images to their online repository of geological GigaPans. As of August 1, 2014, their Mid-Atlantic Geo-Image Collection (M.A.G.I.C.) includes 754 total GigaPans of geologic imagery (620 billion pixels), with a total of just over half a million views, with an average of 483 views per image. Each GigaPan is a large (sometimes extremely large) image that users can explore on their computer screen, zooming in to see detail, or zooming out to see context. The user-driven exploration of GigaPans makes them a favorite medium for virtual field trips. Users are guaranteed to find something useful among these many images. For increased utility, we have tagged and organized them into several themes and sub-themes: by scale of image, by rock type (sedimentary, igneous, etc.), by place (West Texas, Wind River Canyon, Canadian Rockies, Blue Ridge, etc.), by time (Archean, Cambrian, Triassic, etc.), and by being relevant to one of our many themes (unconformities, stromatolites, primary sedimentary structures, etc.). The links below will take you to some of these themed sub-collections, dubbed “galleries” by GigaPan.

Here are a few examples of new MAGIC geo-imagery from the past two months:

Students Robin Rohrback-Schiavone, Alan Pitts, Sam Adler, Chris Johnson, and Joshua Benton contributed imagery and curatorial input to the collection. Jay Kaufman (University of Maryland), Aaron Barth (Oregon State University) and Dan Doctor (USGS Reston) contributed additional imagery.

If you have suggestions about other themes to emphasize, or sites to include, please contact NOVA PI Callan Bentley with your ideas:

By scale:

By rock type:

Other relevant “stuff”:

Themed collections:

Special rock units:

By place:

By geologic province

By time:

Fold Analysis Challenge

The Fold Analysis Challenge is an engaging, interactive exercise that takes place on the surface of Google Earth. The goal is to develop students’ geospatial skills and understanding of the folding and faulting of rocks. Applications include pre-field trip preparation, post-field trip reinforcement, and virtual field trip for distance education courses.
Stage 2 only available at this point.