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New York Landscape Regions in Google Earth: Champlain Lowlands
The Champlain Lowlands tour is part of the New York Landscape Regions Collection of Google Earth tours, created by a group of New York State science educators. This tour includes views of the gorge of the Ausable River, cut through Late Cambrian Potsdam Sandstone, and the geology of the Champlain Thrust Fault, a low angle thrust fault formed as the proto-Atlantic Ocean closed during the Taconic Oregeny. When it was still connected to the ocean, Lake Champlain was home to whales, whose fossils are now entombed in the lake sediments. The tour also includes classroom activities for students.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Requires Google Earth software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2006, DLESE New York Landscape Region Project.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-066
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural resources
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
  • National Geography Standards:
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Related resources:
This resource requires 'User's Manual: New York Landscape Regions In Google Earth'
This resource requires 'Google Earth: Explore, Search and Discover'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation