Investigating Glacial Landforms with Google Earth

“Investigating Glacial Landforms with Google Earth”  is a beta version of an assignment used in my totally online and hybrid introductory physical geography courses.

Investigation Glacial Landforms with Google Earth

Purpose: To apply a basic understanding of glacial process, and analytical tools for landform identification.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the exercise you should be able to:

  • Identify typical alpine and continental glacial landforms from aerial photographs and topographic maps.
  • Explain the origin of typical of glacial landforms through the use of analytical tools.

See: Investigating Glacial Landforms with Google Earth. Assignment submission forms are included. Comments appreaciated.

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National Geographic Google Earth Grants Map

The National Geographic Society is well known for the research they have sponsored over the last 120 years. Over 9,000 grants to increase awareness and share geographic knowledge have been award by the Society. You can explore the grant projects with Google Earth. Clicking on a place mark pops up a description of the project. The Google Earth overlay presents the breadth of the Society’s work is visually striking way. A link on each project description gives you the opportunity to support the NGS.

For more see: National Geographic Google Earth Grants Map

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Google Earth Before and After images of Haiti Quake

Originally posted on The Physical Environment blog

The folks at Google LatLong blog have created a Google Earth layer with the most recent images of the devastation in Haiti. Below are before-and-after screenshots of the Presidential Palace and an area of Port-au-Prince:

Haiti Before and After Images

Image source: Google LatLong blog

Go to the Google LatLong blog for more information and the Google Earth layer.

Published in: on January 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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Live Hurricane Hunter Missions in Google Earth

Hurricane hunters are the “eyes in the sky” for those studying and forecasting hurricanes. The folks over at the Google Earth Blog describe how you can follow live hurricane recon missions, or see the results from recent missions using Google Earth. Check it out.

For more information about hurricane hunters see:

The Physical Environment Textbook links: Hurricanes

Hurricane Hunters
Courtesy Discovery News

Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm  Comments (2)  

UNEP – Amazon Deforestation in Google Earth

Description provided by the site: “Compare historical images to learn about deforestation of the Amazon.
Use images from the past 30 years to compare the difference in forest coverage in the Amazon forest of Brazil, courtesy of the United Nation Environment Programme’s Atlas of Our Changing Environment layer in the “Global Awareness” folder in the “Layers” Panel in Google Earth.”

Published in: on July 12, 2008 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Focus on the Internet: Virtual Volcanology

The World Wide Web has become an exciting platform to share geoscience information with professional colleagues and the public.  In this Google Tech Talk from December 18, 2007 John E. Bailey, Alaska Volcano Observatory & Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks discuss his use of Google Earth to study volcanoes. Description from the site:

“Volcanoes are some of the most dynamic and visually spectacular natural features on the Earth’s surface. In Alaska, volcanoes are an intrinsic part of the landscape and culture, with over 70 volcanoes and volcanic fields that have been active in historic time. Monitoring of these volcanoes is undertaken by the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) using a suite of methods and tools in the fields of remote sensing, seismology, geodesy and geology that produce large volumes of geospatial data. The evolution in the capabilities of Google Earth and KML has provided a user-friendly interface and information-rich context in which these data can be displayed simultaneously and dynamically, offering new possibilities for communications with other scientists, emergency managers and the general public. I will present an overview of AVO’s operations, and demonstrate our, and the wider volcanological community’s use of Google Earth. ”

Other Google Tech Talks are here.


Published in: on June 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Earth Layers

The Google Earth Gallery links you to a number geoscience-related Google Earth layers. For instance, the Global Paleogeographic Views layer lets you view the changing configuration of the earth’s surface from the Late Precambrian to the present.

Public-interest groups and individuals are using Google Earth to bring a valuable geographic context to important issues. Check out the Google Earth Outreach Showcase for issues concerning climate change, disappearing forests, land use assessment and more.

Keep up-to-date with new cool Google Earth layers by reading the Google Earth Blog.

Published in: on June 13, 2008 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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