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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Creating Custom Map Images of Earth and Other Worlds
This chapter familiarizes users with Jules Verne Voyager, a freely available online map tool that includes data for Earth as well as 19 other planets and moons. Users create a variety of map images then save and import the images into a presentation or a word-processing document. In the activity, users explore the range of data that are available to create map images: 100 different types of data are available to characterize portions of Earth. In addition, Voyager has at least one type of data for all planets and moons of the inner solar system. Recent data for Jupiter, Saturn, and many of their moons are also available. In the final part of the activity, users learn a technique that is useful for comparative planetology: they create map images to compare features from different worlds at the same scale, including correctly scaled planet-from-space views of each world.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
Subject:
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Java
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-EET-000-000-000-029
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: LuAnn Dahlman
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
TERC

Contributor: Dr Louis Estey
UNAVCO