Visualize the Earth: Green Layers


Videos are worth a thousand pictures–or least 24 pictures per second. When making points about global warming or other phenomenon on a global scale, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have visuals to make your point. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if you could build a story with those visuals to compare, contrast, and otherwise stimulate student thinking. Make apine-island.png visit to Discovery’s EarthLive site. Here you can check out the basic World News about the Earth or select From the Field. From the Field gives you a selection of pushpins (shades of school bulletin boards!). Click on one of these pins and get information from experts in the field about the state of the earth. A click on the pin near the Canadian border yields a report on Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf from Dr. Robert Bindschadler, Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciencesworldnews.png Laboratory. A World News pin in Southeast Asia takes you to perilous dams in Cambodia. But the most fun is the feature that lets you overlay layers on the earth. You can click on Featured Stores featured-story.png(Biosphere, Earth Lights, etc.) or my favorite, Create Story. Click there and get a storyboard into which you can pull layers. By controlling opacity, or the order of layers, you can create a picture story. I built a story to let students compare Earth Lights with rainfall. Does the heat of city lights effect rainfall? Check the data every day and see for yourself. The hydrologic cyle, maybe? When you create a story, you also get code to post on, um, your blog. Here it is. Visit the site and try it yourself. Tell a story with the earth’s data!
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  1. Denise Thomas said:

    Wow! Thanks for posting Earthlive on the your blog. I added the link to my website.

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