Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research

geavvigear.jpgFor those of you that like to dig deep into Google Earth, a new book from the Geological Society of America might be something you’ll want to check out. The book is called Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research, and it covers a wide variety of facets around Google Earth.
It includes content from a variety of writers that we’ve featured on Google Earth Blog over the years including Richard Treves, John Bailey, Mano Marks and Valery Hronusov. You can read the full table of contents to get a better feel for the content available in the book. The GSA describes it as follows:

GSA Special Paper 492 consists of 35 papers that collectively synthesize the development and current uses of Google Earth and associated visualization media in geoscience education and research. Chapters focus on Google Earth and related tools, such as SketchUp, Google Fusion Tables, GigaPan, and LiDAR. Many of these papers include digital media that illustrate and highlight important themes of the texts. This volume is intended to document the state of the art for geoscience applications of geobrowsers, such as Google Earth, along with providing provocative examples of where this technology is headed in the future.

If you’re interested in learning more about the book or to purchase a copy, head over to the GSA Bookstore site.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Hi Google Earth blog.
    I use GE in education all the time and i different ways depending on the setting. Mostly, I like when it can be combined with game-based learning. Therefore I have collected my favorite Google Earth gamification mods here:
    I hope you will take time to try some of them, and consider their educational potential.
    Martin Exner

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