11 Mar

Flyover Country: Explore the Earth Below You from Your Airplane Seat

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Nowadays most airlines will provide passengers with multiple forms of entertainment while in the air. You can watch movies and TV shows on the monitor in front of you, flip through the in-flight magazine, listen to an assortment of music, or simply sit and spectate at your fellow passengers.unnamed

Assuming you are lucky enough to have a window seat, staring out at the clouds might also get you through the long flight.  But what if there were a way to know what was beneath those clouds?  Wouldn’t the experience of flying be completely altered if you actually knew what it was you were flying over?

Flyover Country is a new mobile application, and it works without WIFI.  Created by Shane Loeffler and funded by the National Science Foundation, this app is free for anyone to download.

The app shows users what’s on the earth below them.  It highlights geographical features, points of interest, and even locations of fossils!

“Learn about the world along the path of your flight, hike, or road trip with GPS tracking. Offline geologic maps and interactive points of interest reveal the locations of fossils and georeferenced Wikipedia articles visible from your airplane window seat, road trip, or hiking trail vista,” a passage from their site reads, pointing out that the app is for more than just air travel.

Flyover Country is the perfect choice for anyone who wishes to spend that next long flight, road trip, or hike learning a whole lot more about the geography around them!

– Emma Hayward, (03.11.16)

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