Tools and Data

Note: This chapter was retired in October 2018. The visualization tool (My World GIS) is no longer supported.

Tool 1

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet program, such as Open Office. This chapter was written using Microsoft Excel 2008.

Tool Builder

Microsoft Corporation
Home Page for Excel

Tool Cost

Microsoft Excel is available as a free trial:

Open Office can be downloaded for free from: Help

Excel help is available online: Excel Help Page

Tool 2

My World GIS

My World GIS™ is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed specifically for use in middle school through college classrooms. It was developed by the Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative at Northwestern University as part of a research program on the adaptation of scientific visualization and data analysis tools to support inquiry-based learning. My World GIS gives learners access to a variety of geographic data, enabling users to explore critical issues about the environment, geography, geology, demography, history, and much more. Its features include customizable display of layer variables, multiple geographic projections, table and map views of data, distance-measurement tools, and buffering and query operations.

Tool Builder

The Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative at Northwestern University with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Tool Cost

A free trial version is available for 45 days.

Tool Help

My World Online Help Center

My World Tool and Button Guides in pdf
The following guides can be downloaded to help with the use of the program:

Data Source

Seismic Shear Wave Dataset

A shear-velocity tomographic model in ASC format.
Provided by the Upper Mantle Shear Velocity Model at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Shapiro, N.M. and M.H. Ritzwoller, Monte-Carlo inversion for a global shear velocity model of the crust and upper mantle, Geophys. J. Int., 151, 88-105, 2002.

data source files

Geospatial Coverage


Data Provider

Center for Imaging the Earth's Interior (CIEI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Physics.
Geosciences Cyberinfrastructure Network-GEON project which is creating a cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences.

Data Help

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