GSA Penrose Conference
Google Earth: Visualizing the Possibilities for Geoscience Education

IRIS Active Earth Display: Live Geophysics Data Delivery System for Museum Exhibits
Patrick McQuillan1, Russ Welti1 and John Taber1

(1) IRIS Consortium, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005

The Active Earth Display is an interactive computer-based museum display for small museums, visitor centers, schools and libraries.  It runs in a web browser using kiosk mode.  The display consists of a customizable set of web pages about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Low-cost and simple-to-implement, the Active Earth Display provides a way to engage audiences with earth science information without spending resources on a large exhibit. Content pages can be created and inserted in the Active Earth Display by utilizing the simple html coding.

Live geophysics data (recent earthquakes, GPS data, seismograms, seismometer locations, tsunami warnings) are updated every time a visitor accesses the content page containing the live data. Longitude and latitude of live data sites is presented using a Google Maps interface.