The geoscientist and recent graduate Shane Loeffler and Dr. Amy Myrbo from the University of Minnesota have created a new app which may become a must-have for geoscientists around the world. At least if they embark a plane every once in a while and wonder what interesting geoscience they may have 35000 feet below them.
The app is called “Flyover Country” and provides offline access to maps, points of interest, fossils, and georeferenced Wikipedia articles along the GPS-tracked path of your flight.
Flyover Country’s “killer feature” is the possibility to draw any path along the world’s map on your smartphone and to download all relevant geoscience related data along this path with a tolerance of about 100 miles for offline use.
And there is quite a lot: The app provides you with access to several different relevant databases, ranging from bedrock maps which indicate rock types and their age, to several different paleontological databases with fossil locations as well as Wikipedia articles about geological features.
And if you rather stay on the ground, e.g. for hiking or road trips, you can of course use the app as well.
The team behind the app has also interesting plans for further developments: The app can serve as an excellent tool for the field work of researchers as well as for geotourism in areas with poor connectivity. (Learn more about this in this webinar)