If rocks could talk – what could they tell us about the earth, history and maybe ourselves? Find out as collections manager Alex Hangsterfer and curator Richard Norris reveal the treasure trove of samples housed at Scripps. Hear some of the fascinating stories behind how these samples were collected and learn about the incredible variety of investigations that they enable – from plate tectonics to earthquakes to archaeology.
That’s the idea behind ChronoZoom, a zoomable, multimedia timeline conceived by UC Berkeley student Roland Saekow to help visualize history and to assist researchers in viewing large amounts of data to find new historical connections.
UC Berkeley geology professor Walter Alvarez and his students have teamed up with Microsoft Research Connections engineers to make this web-based software possible, and you can see just how far they’ve come in the latest video from UCTV Prime.
Then have some fun poking around the Beta version on the ChronoZoom website. What slice of history will you click to?