EDGE of Existence
The Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered [EDGE] program seeks to conserve one-of–a-kind species that are on the verge of extinction. To aid in this endeavor, they have a Google Earth layer to display over 200 mammal and amphibian species in interactive regions of habitat. When a user moves the cursor over a particular endangered species, that species’ area of concern is highlighted and stands out above the rest. If a user clicks on any point within that region, a window pops up providing a highly detailed species description. The window displays general facts about the animal, including its unique qualities, as well as the threat level in that particular area. Additionally, the window has links for more information and options to donate to aid the projects.
Screenshot of the EDGE: Mammals Layer
KML File: EDGE: Mammals and Amphibians
Google Earth Outreach: Edge of Existence
EDGE homepage: http://www.edgeofexistence.org/
Duke Writing 20 webpage: Teaching (and Learning) with Google Earth