March 25, 2011

Blog Topic #8

Google Earth is an excellent tool to view the Earth from different spatial perspectives. We are trained from an early age to view the world from flat maps showing north at the top and south at the bottom. Many world maps also center the U.S. in the middle of the map.

In this blog I want you to show an area of the world from a different perspective/angle/direction than it is normally viewed. For example, the perspective shown at right makes you realize that if you fly from Chicago to Tokyo, Japan you will probably fly over Alaska (the shortest distance is called a great circle).

Go to Google Earth and "fly around" until you find a unique perspective.  Go to File, Save, Save Image..., and save the image as a .jpeg and then upload it into your blog. Describe how the image makes you think differently about the Earth.

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