The GeoChristian

The Earth. Christianity. They go together.

Using Google Earth for Earth Science Education

I am creating a series of Google Earth labs to use with my middle school Earth Science textbook Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home. For the most part, these labs could be used with other textbooks as well, though I do occasionally refer to figures or pages in my textbook.


At this stage, I would love feedback on the labs. The feedback could be in regard to the simple Google Earth interface I am using, which involves navigating from placemark to placemark, or it could be in regard to the actual content of the lab.

The first three labs (alpine glaciers, streams, volcanoes) can be downloaded from here:


This is a .zip folder, which can be extracted (on a PC) by downloading it then right-clicking on it and selecting “Extract All…” The extracted file will be named earthscience_googleearthlabs.kmz. Double-click on this file to open Google Earth (if you have Google Earth installed on your computer).

Most of these exercises have three parts:

  1. I take the students on a tour, which they do by double clicking on links in the Places pane of Google Earth. In this part, students will be reviewing what they have read in the textbook about various landforms.
  2. In the second part of the lab, I will again take students from placemark to placemark, but this time they will name the landform and sometimes answer a question.
  3. In the third part, I will take the students to a location, and have them create placemarks for various landforms.

Most of the labs are designed to be completed in about an hour.


February 22, 2017 - Posted by | Geology, Science Education


  1. Your book looks wonderful, I applaud your expert effert. I discovered you because of Kent Hoven now he is well represented in our government


    Comment by Ormonde Butler | February 22, 2017

  2. Will you be viewing “Is Genesis History?” today?


    Comment by Richard | February 23, 2017

  3. I don’t think so. I’m on the road (speaking and book promotion) and didn’t check the times and locations.


    Comment by geochristian | February 23, 2017

  4. I see there has already been a claim of mis-representation:


    Comment by Richard Wolfe | February 23, 2017

  5. I downloaded the file and opened a couple exercises but the links under Places are not showing up. For example, one lesson says “In the Places pane, double-click on 1A. Shield Volcanoes to continue.” But there is no link to 1A. Shield Volcanoes. Probably user error as I’m not too smart with Google Earth. Can you please advise? Thank you.


    Comment by Heather | September 23, 2017

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