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Take a field trip with a group of some 30 scientists to one of the most ancient vistas on Earth – the Pilbara area of Western Australia. It is here many scientists believe the presence of our earliest ancestors is etched into rocks nearly 3.5 billion years old as stromatolites.


You can take this journey through a set of hi-tech NASA tools:

1. Virtual Field Trip was created in a collaboration between NASA and Macquarie University. It links together other tools in the suite, including:

2. Virtual Lab

3. A comparative tool called What's the Difference?

4. A visualisation tool, World Wind, which provides a 3D interface with huge datasets relating to our planet.

5. The experience also has a television documentary associated with it and made by Passport to Knowledge. It is being shown on PBS stations in the USA and available on NASA TV.


Demonstration of Virtual Field Trip tools

These video clips were recorded at the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre in 2006 when Carol Oliver, from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, demonstrated the tools for high school students.

Contents


Introduction

Context

Early Life

Evidence

Acknowledgements

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