Earth: This is Home

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Google, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


If you have ever used Google Earth, what was the first place you tried to find? For many people the answer is “my home.” Where humans choose to live is one of the fundamental influences on the surface of our planet. People influence and change Earth’s systems (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere) as we shape and impact the landscape around us to fit our needs. We build dams and aqueducts that change the course of rivers, create roads and tunnels through mountains, remove forests and prairies to allow the expansion of agriculture and settlements. People have also learned to adapt to the different and unique landscapes on Earth, adjusting to the conditions found there. This activity guides students through Google Earth to discover human homes and how they adapt to the world around them.

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