Tucked inside Google Earth is a geography quiz created in partnership with Atlas Obscura. The Natural Wonders Quiz is a multiple-choice challenge that asks students to identify special locations around the world. The challenge takes students to some of the most beautiful—and intriguing—places on the planet. The questions and the locales are a blend of history and geography. To travel to the locations, students click on the blue Let’s Go button and hit a spot on the blue orb of Google Earth. Then jumping to the specific spot on the 3D globe, they can explore the location further. They can go from cool ice caves in Alaska to the blazing salt mines of Ethiopia—all the while learning about geographical features and discovering captivating legends. The first edition of the quiz has seven questions. Google Earth will continue to update the quizzes with other themes.
Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.
For more than a century, countless visitors have gazed up at the Statue of Liberty, but no one has ever seen her quite like she appears in the new freeStatue of Liberty app, which brings her into the augmented-reality era. From anywhere in the world, the app’s users can look inside the statue, take in the view from beside the torch, and travel back in time to watch 200 years of New York City history unfold, right from the crown.