Category Archives: Workshop Materials

GigaPan, 3D model, and VFE resources for Tempe ETX meeting

Wind River Canyon, Wyoming (HTML5-based)

Wind River Canyon, Wyoming (Flash-based)

Massanutten Synclinorium, Virginia (HTML5-based)

Massanutten Synclinorium, Virginia (Flash-based)

Rathlin Island: kilometer to micron (HTML5-based)

Rathlin Island: kilometer to micron (Flash-based)

Sedimentary deposits in the Canadian Rockies (HTML5-based)

Sedimentary deposits in the Canadian Rockies (Flash-based)

Siccar Point, Scotland (HTML5-based, including 360° spherical photos and 3D models)

All our GigaPans, in chronological order

All our GigaPans, organized into thematic “galleries”

All of our 3D models on Sketchfab

Rock identification review exercise 1 via 3D models

Metamorphic rocks virtual collection (HTML5-based)

Metamorphic rocks virtual collection (Flash-based)

NOVA mineralogy reference page (lots of hand sample and thin section GIGAmacros, plus YouTube videos of thin sections rotating under PPL and XPL)

Glacial geomorphology online lab exercise : Part I (field and hand sample imagery) and Part II (maps, also in GigaPan form)

Sediment samples virtual collection (Google spreadsheet w/ links)

Fake field trip 1: Geologic history of a cross-section (Externally hosted; Flash based)

GIGAmacro viewer demo: collection of images related to the Spechty Kopf diamictite & related units, West Virginia

GIGAmacro viewer utility: determining geopetal “up” direction (blog post)


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:

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:

  1. Stories from the Sea Floor – A Lesson on How Science Works
  2. A First Look at Marine Sediments
  3. Exploring the Distribution of Marine Sediment Types on the Sea Floor
  4. 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

  KMZ files Used in this Exercise

Video Links Used in this Exercise

Tips for Instructors


References and Acknowledgements:

    Data used in this exercise comes from the following research programs and databases:

  • Development of this exercise is supported by the NSF-funded GEODE project.
  • This exercise supplements and compliments an NSF-funded exercise on Seafloor Sediments ( , 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.