Landform Detectives

A violent explosion occurs suddenly and a landscape is altered for generations. Across the world, 7,000 years of raindrops delicately and slowly weave a haunting landscape. Thick, crushing sheets of ice melt away to give rise to great cities, and deep in our primordial past, the most awe-inspiring mountains were sludge at the bottom of a forgotten sea.

Travel the globe to unlock the secrets of Earth’s strangest and most inspiring landforms in The JASON Project’s geology game: Landform Detectives. Unlock new, challenging landforms and earn commendations to place on the leaderboard! Teachers, students, parents, and residents of Earth everywhere will love this fascinating trip through the amazing processes of geology. Look at mountains, valleys, and rivers in a whole new way as you solve the puzzle of how they got to be that way, and think about how long it took to happen. Ice, water, wind, and sand are some of the unusual suspects in the amazing story of our Earth! Discover your inner geologist today!

Students will:

  • Go back in time to see how famous landforms might have looked hundreds, thousands, millions and billions of years ago!
  • Travel the globe to unlock famous landforms around the world.
  • Analyze landforms around the world and determine the geologic processes behind these distinctive landforms
  • Distinguish geologic time scales and see how various processes change Earth over time.
  • Learn cool fast facts that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of geology!
 

This game requires Flash Player version 10 or higher. Please download the latest version of Flash Player if you experience problems loading or playing the game.  

Highlights of The Commander of the Nautilus include:
Navigating the globe to see the most amazing landforms around the world!
Navigating the globe to see the most amazing landforms around the world!
View beautiful new landforms you’ve never seen before, or see familiar landforms in a whole new light!
View beautiful new landforms you’ve never seen before, or see familiar landforms in a whole new light.
Dr. Bob Ballard’s sage advice about how an Earth scientist might approach these challenges!
Dr. Bob Ballard’s sage advice about how an Earth scientist might approach these challenges!
The JASON Mission Center has a leaderboard to showcase all our Argonaut Earth visionaries. Who will be on top this week?
The JASON Mission Center has a leaderboard to showcase all our Argonaut Earth visionaries. Who will be on top this week?

 

 

Important Words in this Resource: 
landform, geology, force, time, geologic process, Dr. Bob Ballard, Red Sea, Great Rift Valley, plate tectonics, divergent boundary, Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon, ice wedging, freeze, thaw, weathering, Thor's Hammer, hoodoo, sedimentary rock, Rainbow Bridge, erosion, Uluru, Grand Canyon, Sideling Hill, stratigraphy, mountain building, Santorini, volcano, island, karst topography, Li River, Matterhorn, Twelve Apostles, alluvial fan, Lake Louise, glacier, Giant's Causeway, Loch Ness, fault, Mount St. Helens, Badlands, White Cliffs of Dover, Kettle Lakes, Beacon Rock, Maui, Hawaiian Islands, hot spot, Yosemite Valley, Great Lakes, Cape Horn, Lost City, hydrothermal vent, river, convergent boundary, abrasion
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