Friday, June 24, 2011

From the Tallest Mountains to the Deepest Ocean Trenches

Our Amazing Planet recently published a large infographic featuring the highest and lowest places on Earth. The infographic shows the heights at which airliners fly to depths of the Mariana Trench. I learned about this infographic on the Google Earth Blog where they linked to the Google Earth locations for all of the places in the infographic.

Applications for Education
Reading the Google Earth Blog's post about this infographic with the links to the Google Earth locations gave me the idea for a geography scavenger hunt on Google Earth. Distribute the infographic to students then have them try to location each of the places on Google Earth. To take it a step further ask students to find some interesting facts about each of the locations. For example, ask them to find out how many people have climbed Mount Everest or who is Mount McKinley named after and why.