Virtual Globes: NSIDC Data on Google Earth

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has made a select set of images viewable through the popular interactive desktop application, Google Earth. Users can choose from a set of data-based images (KMZ and KML files) and display them on a virtual globe. Featured datasets include changes in glaciers, the Larsen B ice shelf, and Arctic sea ice extent from 1979-2006, breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002, and a gallery of more than 3000 images of glaciers, from the 1880s-present. There are also datasets of permafrost and ground ice, sea ice extents from 1979-2006, yesterday's sea ice and snow, and Antarctic images and data sets from the Antarctic Glaciological Data Center (AGDC).

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology
Grade Level: Informal, Middle (6-8), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water