North America with Google Earth

To better understand the physical and cultural environments of North America, you will be using either Google Earth or Google Maps and its detailed imagery.

To answer the questions, open up Google Earth or Google Maps and type (or copy and paste) the geographic coordinates into the search engine. Google Earth will fly you to the coordinate’s location. Study the area to determine which place name is correct.

What is the name of this location north of Interstate 40? Type: 36 14 37.13 N, 112 20 21.95 W

  • Rockies
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Grand Canyon
  • McKinney

This dam was constructed to control flooding as snow melts into the Colorado River. What is the name of this dam? Type: 36 00 58.68 N, 114 44 12.83 W

  • Mead Dam
  • Columbia Dam
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Hoover Dam

What is the name of this river? Type: 47 11 18.72 N, 70 29 15.19 W

  • French River
  • Quebec River
  • Palmer River
  • St. Lawrence River

What does the landscape on this island represent? Type: Greenland

  • white paint
  • ice cap
  • clouds
  • greenhouse cover

In the summer, millions of Americans travel to the nation’s first national park. Where are you?  Type: 44 43 17.13 N, 110 29 56.32 W

  • Death Valley
  • Yellowstone
  • Zions
  • Yosemite

The Brooklyn Bridge is an old suspension bridge, which opened in 1883. It spans over a river in New York. What is the name of the river under the Brooklyn Bridge? Type: 40 42 22.26 N, 73 59 52.51 W

  • East River
  • Hudson River
  • Colorado River
  • Liberty River
  • Mississippi River

During the winter season, it is very cold as you travel farther north in Canada. What is in the image you are looking at? Type: 76 39 17.26 N, 85 35 33.88 W

  • ice caps and glaciers
  • North Pole
  • frozen river
  • avalanche

You want to visit the residence of the president of the United States. Type: White House After finding the White House, scroll south and stop at the Washington Monument. Look to your left and right.  What is the approximate distance from the dome of the Capitol to the top of the Lincoln Memorial? (Hint: Use Tools, Measure, and Line.  Use the crosshair to measure the distance. You also need to adjust your zoom area.)

  • 1.4 miles
  • 2.3 miles
  • 3.8 miles
  • 5 miles

Whenever you fly across the country in an airplane and assuming you have a window seat, you will see these circles dotting the landscape. (Remember to zoom out to approximately 4,000 feet.) What are these circles? Type: 39 06 13.34 N, 100 55 04.88 W

  • center-pivot irrigation circles
  • hay fields
  • crop circles
  • storage bins

This is the only four corners in the United States where four states come together at one point. Which are the four states? Type: 36 59 56 N, 109 02 42 W

  • Utah
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada

If you visit this Canadian province, you will find local residents using a specific language. What is the predominant language spoken by the local residents? Type: 46 48 07.47 N, 71 14 41.75 W

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

You are looking at a Canadian section of Niagara Falls. How is the Canadian side of the falls often described? Type: 43 04 34.65 N, 79 04, 25.53 W

  • Horseshoe
  • The Big One
  • Arm and Elbow
  • The Mantle

What is the feature here in this remote region of Utah? Type: 38 44 36 N, 109 29 57 W

  • Death Valley
  • Delicate Arch
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Balancing Rock


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World Regional Geography Lab Manual by R. Adam Dastrup, MA, GISP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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