We have updated our virtual globes with the latest data from the New Horizons team. They are available as a .kml downloads for the Google Earth desktop application, and for viewing in your web browser using Cesium:
Our original tours are deprecated. Click here for the latest Grand Tour of the Terrestrial Planets.
Thanks to the NASA New Horizons mission, we now have spectacular new surface imagery of Pluto. Click here to download a KMZ file that you can open in Google Earth. It contains the highest resolution surface imagery of Pluto from the New Horizons Flyby in 2015. Note that it is a ground overlay on Google Earth so the Google Earth ruler, terrain, atmosphere, water, sunlight, etc., should be turned off.
Generate emerging Google Earth cross-section using two cross-section textures (png, jpeg) with optional ground overlay map
- Step 1: Choosing your location in the Teleport field.
center on your location type lat, lon or a zip code or an address and click the Teleport button
- 36.8857° N, 76.2599° W
- 36.8857 N, 76.2599 W
- 36.8857, -76.2599
- Step 2: Prepare two images for the sides of your cross-section A and B (not larger than 2 MB each) and ground overlay image to help you position your cross section precisely.
- Choose these files or enter their URLs and press “Upload”
- After few seconds (depending on your connection speed) you will see your cross-section
- If not satisfied, upload new images
- Step 3: Position your ground overlay to match by:
- Dragging pins A and B
- Entering explicit coordinates of latitude longitude box N S E W in input field
- Enter angle of rotation if necessary.
- Change transparency of the overlay for visual matching
- Step 4: Position your cross-section by dragging the controls or entering data
- Drag theto change the position of the cross-section
- Drag theto change strike or drag it while Shift key is pressedto change length of your cross-section
- Horizontal slider will change the plunge of your cross section
- Slider on the left will change tilt of your cross section
- Two sliders on the right will change elevation and stretch of the cross-section
- Step 4:
- Click the ‘Generate KMZ’ button
GEODE team will be hosting a workshop at Earth Educators’ Rendezvous 2015.
July 13-17, 2015 | University of Colorado, Boulder
The image below links to a KMZ file (3.76 MB) that can be used as a basis for a Canadian Rockies virtual field experience (VFE). The VFE consists principally of embedded GigaPan imagery, but there are also some regular-resolution photographs and two geologic base maps, one for western Alberta, and one for eastern British Columbia. There are 85 total GigaPans in this trip, arranged in chronological order of principal themes.
Summary: The Canadian Rockies are a world-class example of a fold-and-thrust belt. The geologic story begins in the Neoproterozoic with sedimentary deposition that continued until the Cretaceous, with most exposed sedimentary rocks being Paleozoic in age. Notable in particular is the Cambrian section, which includes the soft-bodied fossils of the Burgess Shale. Deformation associated with the accretion of exotic terranes west of the Rocky Mountain Trench during the Laramide Orogeny folded, cleaved, and faulted these strata toward the Western Interior Seaway. During the Pleistocene, extensive glaciation sculpted the landscape into a classic suite of alpine glacial geomorphological features. Many glaciers still exist, and can be viewed from the excellent roadways of the Canadian national park system. Recently, episodes of catastrophic flooding have dramatically altered low-lying valley regions, especially in the Canmore and Evan Thomas area. All of these features can be seen in whole or in part using this VFE platform.
Here’s a video preview of the trip:
Questions, suggestions, critique, and comment should be directed to Callan Bentley.
Users are welcome to modify the VFE to suit their needs. If you develop any ancillary assignments or student worksheets, please share them here.
Kristen St. John, Caroline Robinson, Ben Suranovic, and Cari Rand, James Madison University; and Denise Bristol, Hillsborough Community College. Questions and suggestions on the exercise should be directed to Kristen St. John: email@example.com
Overview: This exercise uses empirical data and Google Earth to explore the surficial distribution of marine sediments in the modern ocean. Over 2500 sites are plotted with access to original data. We recommend first completing the Primer on Google Earth to become familiar with tools in Google Earth that are used in this exercise. The Exploring Marine Sediments in Google Earth exercise has four parts:
- Stories from the Sea Floor – A Lesson on How Science Works
- A First Look at Marine Sediments
- Exploring the Distribution of Marine Sediment Types on the Sea Floor
- Refining Your Hypotheses on Biogenic Marine Sediment Distributions
Audience: Intended for use in undergraduate Oceanography, Marine Geology, Paleoceanography, and Sedimentology Courses.
Download Teaching Materials and Tips:
Google Earth Primer
- Student Exercise on Exploring Marine Sediments Using Google Earth: marine sediments in GE v4.pdf
KMZ files Used in this Exercise
- First Look_v4.kmz
- Finding the CCD.kmz
- World and Regional Sea Surface Temperature.kmz (from NASA)
- Chlorophyll.kmz (from NASA and National Geographic)
Video Links Used in this Exercise
- How Science Works video (produced by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH0_xC7q9tU
- CCD video (by Minute Earth): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmpzDfrqliU
Tips for Instructors
- Instructor guide: Instructional faculty can contact Kristen St. John (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the instructor guide
- WhatIsACore.pdf (from IODP)
- How to pull up core in GE_GSA2.pdf
- Making Big GeoData Accessible for Education_GSA2.pdf
- GSA Presentation 2014 StJohn.ppt
References and Acknowledgements:
- Data used in this exercise comes from the following research programs and databases:
- The Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP, http://www.deepseadrilling.org/about.htm): global data
- The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP, http://www-odp.tamu.edu/): global data
- The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP, http://www.iodp.org/): global data
- The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, http://www.whoi.edu/): North Atlantic data (global data to be added soon)
- Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Consortium. The Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5H41PB8 [October 15 2014]. (http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7289/V5H41PB8.)
- Development of this exercise is supported by the NSF-funded GEODE project.
- This exercise supplements and compliments an NSF-funded exercise on Seafloor Sediments (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/intro/activities/29154.html , which is an open-access chapter from St. John, K., et al., (2012) Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History: Inquiry-based Exercises for Lab and Class. Wiley-Blackwell, 485p.
- Development of this exercise has greatly benefited from assistance by Cari Rand and Mladen Dordevic, James Madison University.
GSA 2014 Vancouver, Canada