CGC1D Google Earth Exercise Name:
Google Earth (GE) is a popular Geographic Information System (GIS) interface for navigating and
viewing Satellite Images and other GIS layers. The following exercise will help you become familiar
with this Geography tool.
NOTE: please TYPE your answers below each question and don’t forget to save your work
with your name in the title!
Your tasks are listed as follows:
1. Log into your account and find start › all programs › Google Earth 5
OR GE in the start › installers › Google Earth 5
2. Open up GE
3. Set your screen resolution to 1024 X 768 (Start › Control Panel › Display › Settings › Screen
Resolution › Slide to 1024 X 768
4. Once it is open practice rotating and zooming on the planet by finding your home. Add a
“Placemark” (yellow pushpin) to mark your house and provide the latitude and longitude:
5. Find Hillcrest High School and provide the latitude and longitude of the front yard:
6. Use the “ruler tool” (select “line”) in the top toolbar to determine in meters the length of one of
the soccer fields?
7. Use the “ruler tool” (select “path”) in the top toolbar and determine the perimeter of the “turn
around” (the driveway parents drive to drop off students) in the front of the school (in meters):
8. Use the “ruler tool” (select “path”) to determine the walking distance from the HHS to your
house (in km):
9. Use the “ruler tool” to determine the distance between Ottawa and Toronto:
10. Use the “ruler tool” to determine the length of the Canada-US border
11. Find one famous place on each continent, name it and provide its latitude and longitude
Continent Place Location (latitude & longitude)
12. Enter the following co-ordinates and describe what you see in each location:
a. 50 0′38.20″N 110 6′48.32″W :
b. 53 31′54.25″N 1 21′24.27″W :
c. 19 56′56.60″s 69 38′01.89″W :
d. 30 30′36.73″S, 115 22′58.00″E :
e. 55 57 08.48N 3 10 09.41W :
f. 41 0′3.99″N 28 58′31.18″E :
13. Go to 29 58'18.14"N, 31 7'55.54"E
a. Once here click on some of the pictures or places and describe what you see:
14. Go to 13 3'5.08"N, 23 45'16.82"E
a. Zoom to approximately 1600 feet and click on the “Crisis in Darfur” icon, read the message
and describe what has happened here:
b. How can a tool like GE help students to understand geographic phenomena?
15. Open up Google Maps (maps.google.com/) and compare how Google Maps compares to
Google Earth. List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages for each.
16. Click on the “Gallery” icon in the left bottom margin, once the icons appear on the screen click
on each of the various icons and:
a. Explain what each one represents (who is providing the information)
b. Describe the information that you found
17. Go to Tuktoyaktuk NT and find a Pingo in the area. Describe in your own words what a
Pingo looks like then look it up and write the actual definition.
a. Why are there so many lakes south of Tuktuyutuk and in the NT in general?
b. Go to West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. Zoom out a bit and explain what all those
scars (pale green patches) are east of the West Coast Trail.
18. Find the following places and tell me what each feature is:
a. Dawson City, Yukon– marks along the river east of the city (grey tubes)
b. Tuktoyaktuk, NT –west of Tuktoyaktuk, what is this geographic feature? How wide is it at
c. Go to the West Coast Trail, B.C. Zoom out a bit. What are the non-green block shaped
things east of the West Coast Trail?
d. Go to Scotiabank Place, Kanata. What time of day is it? Explain how you know this.
19. Go to Google and search “interesting coordinates google earth” to see what you find. Type in
(or copy and paste) the most interesting places you find to share with other students in the class.