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Photos: Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

Visualization specialists decided they needed to do more to help students see geophysical events. Now they have the GeoWall.

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

GeoWall technology at the U.S. Geological Survey's Eros Data Center. On the first day, staff members had to use chairs to support the large screen.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

GeoWall technology at the Eros Data Center

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

Paul Morin, a visualization specialist affiliated with the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. Morin's concerns about developing better visualization technology for geophysics classrooms led to the GeoWall--an inexpensive system that uses a PC with an advanced graphics card and digital projectors to display images of such events as the interactions of tectonic plates.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

Paul Morin

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago with their GeoWall technology.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

Researchers at the University of Chicago

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

GeoWall technology at the University of Wisconson's eMedia Center.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

GeoWall technology at the University of Wisconson

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

Gear that powers the GeoWall system at Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park, Ill.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

GeoWall technology at the Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park, Ill.

Bringing geophysics to life in 3D

GeoWall technology at the University of Minnesota.

Credit: The GeoWall Consortium, from its online gallery.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota