This exercise is intended to: i) give students an introduction to Google Earth, ii) guide the students through various geological structures using Google Earth, and iii) serve as an introduction to the key features covered during our Structural Geology field trip. For the purpose of a teaching activity, this is intended to provide a virtual field trip through the Canadian Cordillera. Many of the features illustrated during this activity would be useful for courses in geomorphology, structural geology, tectonics, and natural disasters. There is a work sheet for students to complete. The expected outcomes are that students should be: i) comfortable with using Google Earth as a tool for exploring geological structures, ii) familiar with the main geological boundaries throughout the Canadian Cordillera, iii) able to identify topographic expressions of faults, iv) able to identify various glacial landforms and v) more aware of the potential for natural disasters in their surroundings. This exercise should also assist students in developing the 3D visualization skills necessary for successful completion of their Introductory Structural Geology course.


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