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Google Earth mashup of the geology in the Presidential Range, New Hampshire; linking real and virtual field trips for an introductory geology class

J. Dykstra Eusden, Mathieu Duvall and Marita Bryant
Google Earth mashup of the geology in the Presidential Range, New Hampshire; linking real and virtual field trips for an introductory geology class (in Google Earth and virtual visualizations in geoscience education and research, Steven J. Whitmeyer (editor), John E. Bailey (editor), Declan G. De Paor (editor) and Tina Ornduff (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (October 2012) 492: 355-366

Abstract

A Google Earth-based virtual field trip, part of an introductory geology class, has been developed to illustrate the geology of the Presidential Range, New Hampshire. During a class field trip to Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, students record GPS locations of exposures and collect information in the form of field notes and digital images from outcrops. Students upload the GPS waypoints into Google Earth and their images into a class PicasaWeb album, and they also make video clips that are uploaded into a class YouTube account. In Google Earth, the students embed and geologically annotate their images and embed their video clips. The final product is a Google Earth .kmz file or what is termed a mashup. The mashup provides a permanent record of the excursion and, if made available on the Internet, allows any user the ability to easily view the geology at any time. Constructing the mashup from the real field trip initiated reflective, independent, student-motivated learning and group work using technology that the students regularly use and enjoy doing. The resulting mashups have been very good, with an appropriate level of geologic content for an introductory course. Grading, which normally is onerous, is actually enjoyable, entertaining, and easy.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 492
Title: Google Earth mashup of the geology in the Presidential Range, New Hampshire; linking real and virtual field trips for an introductory geology class
Title: Google Earth and virtual visualizations in geoscience education and research
Author(s): Eusden, J. Dykstra, Jr.Duvall, MathieuBryant, Marita
Author(s): Whitmeyer, Steven J.editor
Author(s): Bailey, John E.editor
Author(s): De Paor, Declan G.editor
Author(s): Ornduff, Tinaeditor
Affiliation: Bates College, Department of Geology, Lewiston, ME, United States
Affiliation: James Madison University, Department of Geology, Harrisonburg, VA, United States
Pages: 355-366
Published: 201210
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 978-0-8137-2492-8
Meeting name: 2011 GSA Penrose conference, Google Earth and virtual visualizations in geoscience education and research
Meeting location: Mountain View, CA, USA, United States
Meeting date: 20110104Jan. 4-8, 2011
References: 12
Accession Number: 2013-010899
Categories: Areal geology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
N44°14'31" - N44°14'31", W71°20'46" - W71°20'46"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA, United StatesOld Dominion University, USA, United StatesGoogle, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201308
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