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Sat, Sep 15, 2007

Google Earth as a Tool for Visualizing Human Rights Abuses

Google Earth, the free satellite imagery, terrain, 3D buildings and mapping application, is being used in some interesting educational ways. For instance,  according to the Sightseer, Google Earth’s newsletter, International organisations that monitor human rights issues are using Google Earth to illustrate evidence of abuse visible from space.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for instance, recently released dramatic before/after satellite photos showing villages which have been destroyed in Darfur, (example - turn on/off the layers “March 2006? and “November 2006? to compare the areas marked in red) and similar destruction in Zimbabwe (example - turn on/off the loaded layer to compare areas marked in red). There are also examples of damage from the conflict between Israel and Lebanon (see example of damages in Beirut). The AAAS data involved collaboration with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read more on the AAAS web site.

Google Earth Screenshot


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 09 15 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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