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New York Landscape Regions in Google Earth: The Manhattan Prong
The Manhattan Prong tour is part of the New York Landscape Regions Collection of Google Earth Tours. This tour takes students to Central Park in New York City to see metamorphic rock, glacial features, differential weathering, and Cleopatra's Needle, an Egyptian obelisk brought to the city in 1881. They can also examine bedrock, float, mass wasting, jointing, and glacial polish in the Pound Ridge Reservation, and observe a metamorphic outcrop of Fordham Gneiss near Katonah, New York. The convergent boundary features of the Staten Island serpentine belt, formed during the Taconic Orogeny, can be viewed, and students can follow the Mianus River Gorge as it crosses the Cameron's Line fault. There is also a tour of the New York City water supply system with a lab activity to accompany it.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Requires Google Earth software
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2006, DLESE New York Landscape Region Project.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-069
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • 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:
Contributor: Drew Patrick
NY Landscape Regions Collection

Contributor: Zach Miller
NY Landscape Regions Collection

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation