Sunday, March 15, 2009

Coal Mining Practices Outlined in Google Earth

In the last couple of weeks I've come across a handful of good resources for teaching about energy creation and energy consumption. My most recent find is a Google Earth tour. The non-profit organization Appalachian Voices has created a narrated Google Earth tour that demonstrates destruction of a coal mining practice known as mountain top removal. You can access the tour here.

Applications for Education
After watching this Google Earth tour you could have students discuss and research alternative mining practices and alternative fuel sources.

A couple of related resources that may be of interest to you are:
NEED - National Energy Education Development
SEREF - Wind and Solar Power Estimation Activities
Planet Green Game
Google Earth Geothermal Resources Layer