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Earth Science Google Earth Links

Clicking on these links will automatically open KMZ earth-viewing files in Google Earth. If you right-click, you have the option of saving the file to your hard drive.

Unit 1: Introduction to Earth Science

Chapter 2: Matter, Forces, and Energy

  • LHC—A KMZ file showing the basic parts of the Large Hadron Collider that includes a tour of the LHC and links to the LHC website

Chapter 3: Maps and Mapping

  • IDL—A KMZ file that gives a tour of the IDL

Unit 2: The Restless Earth

Chapter 5: The Changing Earth

  • Tectonic Plates—A KMZ file showing the arrangement of tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries
  • Updated Tectonic Plates—The latest KMZ file of tectonic plates from USGS showing the arrangement of all tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries (without labeling the plates)

Chapter 6: Earthquakes

  • San Andreas Fault—A KMZ file giving a tour of the fault
  • Mount St. Helens—A KMZ file giving a tour of the mountain
  • Mount St. Helens Damage Overlay—A KMZ file providing an overlay showing the damage to Mount St. Helens and the surrounding area from the 1980 volcanic eruption, including a tour of the damage area
  • Miyako City, Japan—A KMZ file that shows devastation in and around this city caused by the 2011 M9.0 earthquake and tsunami, including a tour of the area
  • Tectonic Plates—A KMZ file showing the arrangement of tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries
  • Updated Tectonic Plates—The latest KMZ file of tectonic plates from USGS showing the arrangement of all tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries (without labeling the plates)
  • Chief Mountain—A KMZ showing an example of an overthrust, in which rock layers appear out of order, including a tour of the mountain

Chapter 7: Mountains and Hills

  • Notable Mountains of the World—A KMZ file that installs twelve placemarks in Google Earth for the mountains included in that file, including tours of each of the mountains
  • Mount Whitney—A KMZ that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Denali—A KMZ that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Mount Everest—A KMZ that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Mauna Kea—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Tectonic Plates—A KMZ file showing the arrangement of tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries
  • Updated Tectonic Plates—The latest KMZ file of tectonic plates from USGS showing the arrangement of all tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries (without labeling the plates)
  • Lake Tanganyika—A KMZ that includes a tour of the lake
  • Lake Victoria—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the lake
  • Laguna Verde—A KMZ file that includes a tour of Laguna Verde
  • Mount Kilimanjaro—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro Climate Zones—A KMZ file providing an overlay of Mount Kilimanjaro that shows climate zones present there, includes a tour of the climate zones
  • Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes—A KMZ file providing an overlay that shows the seven most popular climbing routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, includes a tour of the climbing routes
  • Matterhorn—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Mount Etna—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain

Chapter 8: Volcanoes and Volcanism

  • Eyjafjallajökull—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Tectonic Plates—A KMZ file showing the arrangement of tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries
  • Global Volcano Map—A KMZ file showing volcanoes around the world, including at least one photo and a detailed description of each volcano
  • Updated Tectonic Plates—The latest KMZ file of tectonic plates from USGS showing the arrangement of all tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries (without labeling the plates)
  • Mount Rainier—A KMZ file that includes a tour of Mount Rainier
  • Mount Tambora—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Mount Unzen—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain
  • Mount St. Helens—A KMZ file giving a tour of the mountain
  • Mount St. Helens Damage Overlay—A KMZ file providing an overlay showing the damage to Mount St. Helens and the surrounding area from the 1980 volcanic eruption
  • Grand Prismatic Spring—A KMZ file that includes a tour of this colorful spring
  • Krakatoa—A KMZ file providing a tour of Krakatoa (notice Anak Krakatau [Child of Krakatoa] forming in the midst of the island group)

Unit 3: Earth’s Rocky Materials

Chapter 9: Minerals and Ores

Chapter 10: Rocks

Chapter 12: Weathering, Erosion, and Soils

  • Crowfoot Mountain—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the mountain (notice the talus and the bright blue lakes of mineral-rich waters)
  • Oso, Washington Landslide—A KMZ file that includes a tour of the damage that this landslide created
  • Grand Canyon—A KMZ file that flies you through the canyon
  • Mount St. Helens—A KMZ file giving a tour of the mountain
  • Mount St. Helens Damage Overlay—A KMZ file providing an overlay showing the damage to Mount St. Helens and the surrounding area from the 1980 volcanic eruption, including a tour of the damage area
  • Chapter 12 Map Exercises—Five placemarks for use with Chapter Review Questions 32 and 33

Unit 4: The Water World

Chapter 13: Oceans and Seas

Chapter 14: Ocean Motions

Chapter 15: Ocean Exploration

Chapter 16: Surface Waters

  • Victoria Falls—A KMZ file that takes you on a tour of one of the largest waterfalls in the world
  • Three Gorges Dam—A KMZ file that takes you on a tour of the the dam, its boat lift, and its lock system
  • Continental Divides—A KMZ file showing both the major river basins of North America and the continental divides that define them
  • Chapter 16 Map Exercises—Four placemarks for use with Chapter Review Questions 27–30

Chapter 17: Groundwater

Unit 5: The Atmosphere

Chapter 18: Earth’s Atmosphere

Chapter 19: Weather

Chapter 21: Climate and Climate Change

Unit 6: The Heavens

Chapter 22: The Sun, Moon, and Earth System

  • Stonehenge—A file that includes a tour of this site

Chapter 25: Space Exploration

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