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Virtual Globes: NSIDC Data on Google Earth
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).
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
KMZ and KML files require Google Earth Software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Users may download and use any imagery or text from our web site unless it is specifically stated that the information has limitations for its use. We ask that the use of any imagery, text, or data accessed from NSIDC's web site be credited as having been provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Google Earth software is copyright 2007, Google.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-504
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

Contact: Betsy Sheffield
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)