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Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation

Brian Hausback, California State University, Sacramento


Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation


Type and level of course
This lab is used as an introductory lab for undergraduate and graduate geology majors in a Geologic Remote Imaging course

Geoscience background assumed in this assignment
the background of an upper division geology major

GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment

Software required for this assignment/activity:
Google Earth - free version

Time required for students to complete the assignment:
2 hours


GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
To explore some of the capabilities involved with air photo and satellite coverage available through the free Google Earth program.

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Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation.

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