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Locations in Google Earth for teaching geologic mapping and map interpretation

Google Earth is a terrific resource for teaching geologic map interpretation and geologic mapping. Google Earth satellite images in many places in the world show bedrock units with strong, contrasting colors in areas with little vegetation. Imagery is seamless and, in many places, high resolution. Below, you'll find images and location information for some fabulous areas around the world that are suitable for teaching students mapping and map interpretation. Elsewhere on this site, we have information on how to teach geologic map interpretation using Google Earth.

Comments or suggestions? Contact Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College).

To go to the following places in Google Earth, copy and paste either the lat/lon or the place name into the Google Earth Fly-to box.


Or, you can download a kmz file of placemarks (Zip Archive 5kB Aug26 10), which includes the locations below plus placemarks for other great locations for mapping.

If you do not have Google Earth, you can download it here.

In the list below single asterisks (*) denote the images used in the take-home exam described here. Double asterisks (**) denote the extended mapping project described on the same page.

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Inclined layers in folded rocks near Karkh, Pakistan (27 50 35.00N, 67 10 03.70E)
Near Karkh, Pakistan, tilted layers oblique 1 Click to enlarge.
Near Karkh, Pakistan, tilted layers oblique 2 Near Karkh, Pakistan, tilted layers oblique 3 Near Karkh, Pakistan, tilted layers oblique 4



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Inclined layers on limb of plunging anticline, near Khvorgu, Iran (27 33 48.03N, 56 26 24.71E)
Khvorgu, Iran area for strike and dip, for mapping Click to enlarge.
Khvorgu, Iran area for strike and dip, oblique 1



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Monocline in the eastern Iran (32 24 50.95N, 56 47 00.19E)
Eastern Dasht-e Lut, Iran monocline, oblique 2 Click to enlarge.
Eastern Dasht-e Lut, Iran monocline, oblique 1



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Raplee Anticline, Monument Upwarp, near Mexican Hat, Utah (37 09 15.44N, 109 49 20.24W)
Raplee Monocline, Monument Upwarp, Utah area Click to enlarge.
Raplee Monocline, Monument Upwarp, Utah oblique 1 Raplee Monocline, Monument Upwarp, Utah oblique 2 Raplee Monocline, Monument Upwarp, Utah mapping area



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Doubly plunging anticline near Chahar Gas, Iran (31 54 22.30N, 56 38 59.91E)
Chahar Gas, Iran, detail for mapping Click to enlarge.
Chahar Gas, Iran, mapping area, oblique 1 Chahar Gas, Iran, mapping area, oblique 2 Chahar Gas, Iran, mapping area, oblique 3



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En echelon folds adjacent to strike slip fault, near Gamboli, Pakistan (29 49 29.91N, 68 19 45.34E)*
Near Gamboli, Pakistan, en echelon folds, oblique Click to enlarge.



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Faulted folds near Dubinovka, Iran (31 35 13.65N, 56 48 24.80E). Note: the image is rotated so that north is toward the upper left corner.
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Dubinovka, Iran, detail 1



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Domes and basins in the Anti-Atlas Mountains near Tadakoust, Morocco (29 27 26.62N, 08 38 40.69W)**
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco folds 2 oblique 2 Click to enlarge. SWIR image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco folds 2 oblique 3 Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco folds 2 oblique 1 Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco folds SWIR



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Overturned anticline in the Tian Shan Mountains northeast of Kashi, China (39 57 55.47N, 76 52 50.14E)*
Tian Shan, China, overturned fold, oblique Click to enlarge.



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Plunging folds in Anti-Atlas Mountains near Tilemsoun, Morocco (28 13 37.61N, 10 51 21.00W). Note: the image is rotated so that north is toward the upper left .
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco folds 1 oblique Click to enlarge.



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Folds and faulted dome in Anti-Atlas Mountains near 'ain el Orak, Algeria (33 15 59.36N, 0 39 11.10E)
Anti-Atlas Mountains, Algeria faulted dome oblique Click to enlarge.



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Folds south of In Salah, Algeria (25 33 45.67N, 01 45 36.33E)*
Southern Algeria regional view of folds Click to enlarge.
Southern Algeria folds 2



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Syncline near Dubinovka, Iran (32 08 57.72N, 56 42 25.77E). Note: the image is rotated so that north is toward the left.


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Basin near Jukan, Iran (25 56 45.59N, 59 56 08.50E)


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Folds in Anti-Atlas Mountains near Challala Dahrania, Algeria (33 06 44.63N, 0 08 31.19E)*


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Faulted layers in eastern Iran (32 11 31.34N, 56 53 26.61E)


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Folds in Paktika Province, Afghanistan (32 09 24.04N, 68 48 03.05E)*. Note: the image is rotated so that north is toward the right.


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Folds near Baluchani Kash, Pakistan (26 36 42.73N, 62 32 25.26E)


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Folds in Coahuila, Mexico (26 06 34.72N, 100 51 17.24W)*


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Folds in Big Horn Basin near Greybull, Wyoming (44 36 00.09N, 108 07 17.89W)*


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Folds in the Cape Ranges near Vyversrus, South Africa (33 33 35.52S, 21 07 22.69E)*


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Folds in the Macdonnell Ranges near Watarrka National Park, Australia (24 13 26.82S, 132 08 11.38E)*


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Folds in the Amatusuk Hills, Alaska (69 06 26.48N, 161 51 42.16W)*


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Folds in the Valley and Ridge Province near State College, Pennsylvania (40 58 36.38N, 77 12 56.43W)*


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Faulted folds in the Great Kavir Desert 75 km NNW of Jandaq, Iran (34 38 34.13N, 54 01 30.48E)