GOING AROUND THE WORLD ON THE INTERNET
Do you like to travel? Well, without moving from home with this challenge you can discover unique places around the world. On the web you can find many options for travelling without leaving your home: videos, tourist information websites about countries, travel literature, etc. But in this challenge, we are proposing you to use the Google Earth website.
Google Earth shows virtually the planet Earth and is a computer program based on satellite photos. Google Earth consists of an overlapping set of map images: satellite images, aerial photographs, geographic information from GIS data models from around the world and computer-created models.
Through this website, you will be able to travel around the world without moving from home responding to the questions you are asked. So put on your seatbelt and let the journey begin.
WHAT DO WE NEED?
The only thing you need in this challenge is a device with internet access: mobile phone, tablet or computer.
STEP BY STEP
- Access Google Earth. Enter Google Earth by clicking on the following link:
2. Browse the web.
When you access the Google Earth website you will see the previous image and by clicking on the buttons you will be able to perform many of the following actions, the most useful ones for this challenge are
- SEARCH. Clicking on the magnifying glass will open a search engine. In this search engine you will put the place you want to go and it will take you directly to it.
- ENLARGE/REDUCE THE IMAGE. It serves to zoom in or out on the image, it is very useful to see in more detail the place you want to visit.
- TO SEE IT IN THREE DIMENSIONS. It is a button that allows to see it in three dimensions. When you press it, the flat image you are seeing becomes a three-dimensional image (and vice versa).
- STREET VIEW. Provides street-level panoramas. You can click on the button for this and take the “yellow person” that appears on the image wherever you want.
There are other options, so you can try it out without worrying about exploring different views of each place.
- Answer the questions and explore the world.
You’ve learned how to navigate the web, so you can start exploring the world and answering the questions you are asked.
In the following lines you are asked questions. When you answer each question, go on the Google Earth search engine to find virtually the place indicated in the question.
The questions are divided into groups with a common theme between them.
What is the highest point in Africa?
What is the lowest point in the world?
What is the world’s highest capital city?
Where do the people closest to the North Pole live?
Where do the people closest to the South Pole live?
Which is the monument that divides the lines of Ecuador in two, located in the Ecuadorian capital?
What’s the smallest island?
What is the largest island in the world?
People live on floating islands made of reeds or totora reeds in Lake Titicaka. What are these islands?
What is the most active volcano in Europe?
What is the largest volcano in the world?
Which is the highest volcano in Spain?
- UNIQUE CONSTRUCTIONS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
What is India’s best known memorial?
What is the best known archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatan?
What is the most important building you can find in China?
- NATURE AND LANDSCAPE
What is the largest desert in the world?
What is the world’s largest waterfall?
What is the largest salt plain in the world?
What is the highest point in Africa? Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
What’s the lowest point in the world? Dead Sea (Palestine, Jordan and Israel)
What is the world’s tallest capital city? La Paz (Bolivia)
Where do the people closest to the North Pole live? Ellesme Island (Canada)
Where do the people closest to the South Pole live? Puerto Toro (Chile) / Amundsen-Scott Military Base (South Pole)
What is the monument that divides the Ecuadorian lines of the Ecuadorian capital in two? Half of the World / Central City of the World (Ecuador)
What is the smallest island in the habitat? Just Room Enough (USA)
What is the largest island in the world? Greenland
In Lake Titicaka there are people who live on floating islands made of tannin. What are these islands? Uros Islands (Peru)
What is the most active volcano in Europe? Etna (Italy)
What is the world’s largest volcano? Mauna Loa (Hawaii)
What is the highest volcano in Spain? Teide (Tenerife, Spain)
- UNIQUE CONSTRUCTIONS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES:
What is India’s best known funerary monument? Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
What is the best known archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatan? Chichén Itzá (Yukatan, Mexico)
What is the most important building you can find in China? Chinese wall (China)
- NATURE AND LANDSCAPE:
What is the largest desert in the world? Sahara (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia)
What’s the biggest waterfall in the world? Salto del Angel (Venezuela)
What is the largest salt plain in the world? Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)