Will you be flying through American skies? If so, Flyover Country Mobile App is definitely the way to go. This offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery developed by geoscientists at The University of Minnesota is funded by The National Science Foundation, and so you get to enjoy it for free. Just download it though the Google Play store (for Android) or the App Store (for iOS).
To used it? Really simple. Just inform what your flight will be and save the set of maps provided in your device (laptop, tablet, mobile phone…) making them available offline. The app will track your flight with GPS and present interactive data about your path as you go along. The data provided integrates:
- Geological maps from Macrostrat.org
- Fossil localities from NeotomaDB.org
- Fossil localities from PaleobioDB.org
- Points of interest from Wikipedia.org
- Core sample localities from LacCore.org
And yes – you guess it! There’s no reason why you can’t use this app while travelling on land or even on water. Use it while hiking, travelling with the family or during field trips with colleagues or students.
Get a sense of it by clicking in the picture below, accessing the Flyover Country Sherpa Science map of Ulyana Horodyskyj’s Nepal expedition developed in collaboration with PBS’s The Crowd and the Cloud. To create your own maps? Get the app!
Image credit: first image by Kārlis Dambrāns (@wiki commons); second image: click here
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