2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
Paper No. 192-14
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

PROTOTYPING A GEOLOGY LAYER FOR GOOGLE EARTH

SCHOTT, Ronald C., Department of Geosciences, Fort Hays State University, FHSU Geosciences, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601, rschott@outcrop.org

Google Earth uses Layers as a means of organizing related types of geographic data beneath its primary database. Geologic data is not currently organized into a single unified layer, though some types of geologic information are included in other existing Google Earth Layers (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes). Because so many types of geologic data lend themselves to geographic organization and visualization in Google Earth, it seems reasonable that a curated Geology Layer could be of great value in both geologic education and enhancing public awareness of the global distribution of geologic materials, hazardous processes, and environmental issues. This poster will demonstrate the sorts of geological data that could be delivered in a Google Earth Geology Layer (e.g., geologic maps, analytical data, outcrop photos and GigaPans, virtual field trips, etc) and will suggest some possible organizational schemes for such a layer. Community feedback will be sought about how best to proceed with development, organization, and curation of this layer.

2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 192--Booth# 372
From Virtual Globes to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in Geoscience Research, Education, and Outreach (Posters)
Oregon Convention Center: Hall A
9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 501

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