The Gallery of Virtual Topography

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Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
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K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Arizona State University (ASU)
Summary:This resource has been around for awhile but it hasn't lost its potential to enrich class discussions on structural geology and geomorphology. The actual Gallery has links to QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) and QuickTime (QT) movies of digital topography. Each movie consists of a 3D perspective of the map area that the user can rotate using the mouse to view the area from any direction. Some movies have contours draped over topography or let you raise and lower a water plane, so that you can better visualize how the contours are portraying the shape of the land.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:2-ESS2-1; 4-ESS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 9-12; elementary school; geology; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-9; middle school; rocks
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