Google venus

Declan G. De Paor, Vicki L. Hansen, Mladen M. Dordevic

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2 Scopus citations


Google Earth includes digital elevation models and surface imagery for the Earth, Moon, and Mars, but not for Venus. To help geoscientists visualize Venusian geology, geophysics, and geodynamics, we have built a "Google Venus" virtual globe on a Google Earth foundation. We present here details of how this was done and offer regional samples to show the power of the virtual globe, combined with space mission imagery, and COLLADA models in displaying surface data and global, crust-to-core cross sections. We show how web data sources can be linked to Venusian locations in an engaging, interactive format. Our approach could be adapted to other planets and moons of the Solar System and to models of exoplanets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGoogle Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research
PublisherGeological Society of America
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780813724928
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSpecial Paper of the Geological Society of America
ISSN (Print)0072-1077


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