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Moving New York State Geological Association guidebooks into Google Earth

By
Otto H. Muller
Otto H. Muller
Geology Department, Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, New York 14802, USA
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Published:
October 01, 2012

The introductions and road logs from field trips offered by the New York State Geological Association (NYSGA) over the past 55 years are being transformed into kml files. These files are maintained as Google Fusion Tables, accessible to the public.

This paper begins by briefly summarizing the kinds of data being transformed, their strengths, and their limitations. It then details the procedures used to accomplish the transformation, from scanning the original document to uploading the data to Fusion Tables. By using a subset of available kml (Keyhole Markup Language) fields, and establishing a numbering convention for the placemarks, an efficient system has been developed where sufficient metadata is embedded within each placemark to permit mixing and matching of any of the placemarks. Using this system, additional field trip guides from GSA (Geological Society of America), AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists), NEIGC (New England Inter-Collegiate Geological Conference), etc., might be transformed, increasing the size and value of the Fusion Tables database. The information provided will permit others to do this, producing kml files and Fusion Tables which will be consistent with those already done.

The paper discusses searching, merging, and adding photos to Fusion Tables and some of the ways in which Fusion Table data can be displayed on websites dynamically. The paper concludes by describing how the Fusion Tables from this project can export custom-made field trips, can be manipulated by other GIS applications, and can be used in a classroom setting to produce crude geologic maps.

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GSA Special Papers

Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research

Steven J. Whitmeyer
Steven J. Whitmeyer
Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University, Memorial Hall, MSC 6903, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA
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John E. Bailey
John E. Bailey
Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709, USA
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Declan G. De Paor
Declan G. De Paor
Department of Physics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529, USA
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Tina Ornduff
Tina Ornduff
Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, California 94043, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
492
ISBN print:
9780813724928
Publication date:
October 01, 2012

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