1. Follow the placemarks of the
main deserts. Click on each desert icon on the Google Earth world map or that are Linked from this page. Zoom in on the Earth near the placemark, move around the area and explore the desert landscape. On a map of the world, indicate the location of the main deserts. For each desert (note some deserts have more than one icon) you need to find out:
2. Select one of the deserts that you found interesting and make a virtual tour of that desert. You can find different areas of interest within the desert, find examples of plants and animals, or human activity that takes place within the selected desert.
Download the Placemarker Planning Sheet
3. Present this virtual tour to your teacher and your classmates using Google Earth.
|SOME GENERAL RESOURCES ON DESERTS
Principal Deserts of the World
Deserts of the World
Biomes and Biogeographical Realms - select region
Australasia - scroll down to Deserts & Xeric Shrublands, select other regions such as Afrotropic
Deserts of the World - alphabetical listing of deserts with links to resources
Deserts - details of Australian deserts
What is a Desert?
How to use Google Earth (general overview)
This lesson was developed as educational material using Google Earth. This kind of WebQuest is called an EarthQuest and was devised by John Demmers, Netherlands.
In this EarthQuest the students will explore the main deserts in Google Earth. They will also explore characteristics of these deserts and they make their own Google Earth tour to one selected desert.
Exploring these places the students learn to use the program Google Earth and they are able to add placemarks and a total tour along their own points of interests.
This EarthQuest is made by: