Google Earth Explorations for Middle School Earth Science

Google Earth, a free download often already loaded in school computer labs, provides seemingly limitless opportunities to connect students to the face of their planet. In Fernbank’s computer lab, learn how to use Google Earth visualizations to help your students understand plate tectonics. See how historical imagery, topographic profiling, measuring distances and elevations, navigating underwater, examining volcano photos and videos, and overlaying earthquake maps contribute to an activity that you can take home to your students and build upon in the future.

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