The dissemination of the knowledge of critical geological issues, such as past environmental and climate change and their correct placement in the geological time scale, is essential to rise the awareness of the huge potential impact of the Earth Sciences on the current and future generations. We selected two examples (the Marguareis and the Langhe and Monferrato areas) to disseminate these topics to a broad audience. Virtual tours, hosted on the PROGEOPiemonte project website (www.progeopiemonte.it), have been developed with special care to educational purposes and made suitable for mobile devices. These allow us to overcome theoretical problems related to the complexity of geological items (spatial and evolutionary complexity, deep time dimension), with plain language explanations, detailed pictures and dynamic 3D models. The virtual visit overcomes practical difficulties, such as restricted access to high mountain or dangerous areas, and improves the access to detailed geological information at different scales, not readily available in the outcropping rocks. Dynamic or static information, stored on the website, are available on Google Earth or Google Maps in the field (mobile navigation) or at home (PC-based navigation). The virtual tours thus become an alternative to the visit on site, or a tool for deepening knowledge before or after the visit. This is especially helpful for schools, because virtual tours could be used in classroom with many different goals. The virtual tours, once accessed on-line by many visitors, will in turn push public administrators to realize geotouristic facilities on site and fund educational projects on these important issues.

Multimedia and Virtual Reality for Imaging the Climate and Environment Changes Through Earth History: Examples from the Piemonte (NW Italy) Geoheritage (PROGEO-Piemonte Project)

GIORDANO, ENRICO;MAGAGNA, ALESSANDRA;BERTOK, Carlo;LOZAR, Francesca;D'ATRI, Anna Raffaella;DELA PIERRE, Francesco;GIARDINO, Marco;NATALICCHIO, Marcello;MARTIRE, Luca;CLARI, Pierangelo;
2015

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The dissemination of the knowledge of critical geological issues, such as past environmental and climate change and their correct placement in the geological time scale, is essential to rise the awareness of the huge potential impact of the Earth Sciences on the current and future generations. We selected two examples (the Marguareis and the Langhe and Monferrato areas) to disseminate these topics to a broad audience. Virtual tours, hosted on the PROGEOPiemonte project website (www.progeopiemonte.it), have been developed with special care to educational purposes and made suitable for mobile devices. These allow us to overcome theoretical problems related to the complexity of geological items (spatial and evolutionary complexity, deep time dimension), with plain language explanations, detailed pictures and dynamic 3D models. The virtual visit overcomes practical difficulties, such as restricted access to high mountain or dangerous areas, and improves the access to detailed geological information at different scales, not readily available in the outcropping rocks. Dynamic or static information, stored on the website, are available on Google Earth or Google Maps in the field (mobile navigation) or at home (PC-based navigation). The virtual tours thus become an alternative to the visit on site, or a tool for deepening knowledge before or after the visit. This is especially helpful for schools, because virtual tours could be used in classroom with many different goals. The virtual tours, once accessed on-line by many visitors, will in turn push public administrators to realize geotouristic facilities on site and fund educational projects on these important issues.
Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Springer International Publishing
Engineering Geology for Society and Territory
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9783319094083
Geoheritage; Geological time; Virtual tour; Education; Geotourism
E. Giordano; A. Magagna; L. Ghiraldi; C. Bertok; F. Lozar; A. d’Atri; F. Dela Pierre; M. Giardino; M. Natalicchio; L. Martire; P. Clari; D. Violanti
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