Google Grant to Help JMU Teach Geology

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- A grant from Google will help a JMU professor teach his students more about the earth's core.

The professor received more than $20,000 for the project that will help students to visualize the earth and maps in his geology class.
He will use Google Earth to show his students 3D images of how the earth has changed over a period of time.

"Or geologic, historical change through time or what we would call tetonics of how continents are moved around. We can model that on the Google Earth virtual globe. We'll also look at climate effects of sort of glaciations," said Dr. Steven Whitmeyer, who through coding Google Earth will be able to teach his students how to evaluate bridges and roads for structural dangers.

Whitmeyer will appear in an episode of the Discovery Channel's 'Curiosity Series'. It will focus on the geological history of North America.
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