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BioInteractive EarthViewer

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A fantastic app that you will not want to miss!  It is suitable for students of GCSE Geography as well as younger years and adults alike. If you have, even one iota of curiosity in your body, this is for you! The app receives an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status. 

Teacher Review

This is one of the best and most comprehensive apps that we have seen so far on the topics of Earth Geography and History. We absolutely loved it. The fact that it is free is testament to a group of people who are innate disseminators of knowledge and learning. The data has been based from primary data research from academic institutions and research in Science journals. Furthermore, the app has been compiled by the academics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US.

The app is extremely comprehensive and includes all the information required to browse, self-teach or teach a larger class-room. The graphics of the app are very slick and the app is incredibly easy to navigate.

There is a 3-D image of Earth that you can swerve and zoom in and out from in order to look closely into the land formations and the natural structures of countries. On the left-hand side of the app, we can see a time-line that is split into Eons, Eras, and Scientific Periods. Each distribution of time is carefully explained and defined in terms of the types of animals and plants that existed during the time. The user can move a bar to flit through the time periods and see how the different time-frames are portrayed on the side with the “Earth view”.  It is almost as if you can travel through time as you work through the app!

We particularly liked looking through the interactive charts and data on temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, biodiversity, day length and luminosity over time.  The data is particularly interesting to look at when you compare two sets of data and attempt to identify whether there might be correlation between two phenomena. This would be something that you could do with your classroom too.

The app also chronicles geological and biological events, mass extinctions, fossils and impact events. This is also interesting to match with the data so that your students can identify how the primary research data corroborates with the descriptions on the left-hand side.

For those studying Physical Geography, the “In Depth” section is particularly useful as it explains concepts such as the Greenhouse Effect, Plate Tectonics, and Geological Carbon Cycles amongst others.

This is an amazing reference guide to the creation and development o life on Earth as we know it. We thoroughly enjoyed working through it and we think that students will be completely engrossed in reading and finding out about our Earth systems.

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From the Developer

What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or even 1 billion years ago? What do we know about the climate back when our planet formed?

EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips. Follow a favorite landmark, be it Greenland or New York City, as its position shifts through time, or watch a famous fossil like Tiktaalik make an incredible journey from its origin to its current location. Layer your view of shifting continents with data on atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity, to get a more complete view of our dynamic planet.

EarthViewer features include:

• Continental reconstructions and accompanying data dating back billions of years
• World temperature map for the last 100 years
• Ability to manipulate the globe and zoom to any location
• Locations of modern cities tracked back over 500 million years
• In-depth features on major geological and biological events in Earth history
• Clickable details on geologic eons, eras, and periods
• Automated play modes
• Extensive reference list
• Suggestions for classroom use
• Tutorial videos

The Android EarthViewer is supported for 7" and 10" tablets only. Users who wish to try it on smaller devices (including phones) that run Android version 4.0 or newer can manually install the application from our website: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/earthviewer. Please note that EarthViewer is not officially supported on phones and small devices and it has not been optimized for small screens.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. HHMI’s BioInteractive initiative opens a window on cutting-edge science through interactive web features, short films, virtual labs, and scientific animations. Since teachers play a pivotal role in launching the careers of future scientists and in helping the public understand the beauty and import of science, the BioInteractive team partners with the teaching community to create and distribute media that is engaging and relevant to the science curriculum.

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