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GeoDome Globe

Top layer data

There are 3 top layers of data on the globe:

GeoDome Globe podium

Science on a Sphere -- NASA's Eyes on the Earth -- Mines on a Sphere

Mines on the Globe

  • Earth
    • Laboratories
      • Automated Mineralogy (TIMA) -- Mineral characterization and application development.  Berthoud Hall 118 -- Katharina Pfaff (kpfaff@mines)
      • Thin Sections -- Sample preparations.  Berthoud Hall 147 -- Kelsey Livingston (
      • Stable Isotopes -- Analysis of samples.  Berthoud Hall 404 -- Susann Stolze (
  • Energy (coming soon)
  • Environment
  • Materials
    • Supramolecular Chemistry
      • Crystals 1 & 2 & 3 & 4  Leveraging supramolecular chemistry in functional materials.  Learn more at the McCurik Group -- Mike McGuirk (
    • Hill Hall labs (coming soon)
    • CoorsTek labs (coming soon)
  • Space
  • Humans of Mines
    • Students
      • Class of 2021
      • Class of 2022
      • Class of 2023
      • Class of 2024
    • Alumni -- learn where current Mines alums live
    • Faculty -- learn where Mines professor got their undergraduate degree, graduate degree, and phd.
    • Virtual Campus Tour -- visit 18 places on campus including Kafadar Commons, the Library, a physics studio, Brown Hall, the Bookstore (

Science on a Sphere

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) data was designed by researchers at National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

Science On a Sphere® extends NOAA's educational program goals, which are designed to increase public understanding of the environment. Using NOAA's collective experience and knowledge of the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere, NOAA uses Science On a Sphere® as an instrument to enhance informal educational programs in science centers, universities, and museums across the country. Science On a Sphere® has been installed in 177 exhibits in 23 countries and 33 states at some of the largest public-serving science centers and museums, including Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in the Ocean Hall. 

  • Air
  • Space
  • Solar System
  • Land
  • Water
  • Extras
  • Custom

Eyes on the Earth

“Eyes on the Earth” is a dataset made and updated by NASA.   

It displays the location of all of NASA's operating Earth-observing missions in real time.  

The “Latest Events” shows recent Earth events that are captured by geo-located satellites.  These images show such large events such as algal blooms, super storms, and wildfires.

For more information:

  • Latest Events
  • Earth's Selfie
  • Earth's Vital Signs
    • Global Temperature (Average Surface Temperature) (daily --previous 7 days)
    • Sea Level Variation (monthly -- previous 8 months)
    • Carbon Dioxide (daily -- previous 3.5 months -- data 2 months old)
    • Carbon Monoxide (daily -- previous 7 days)
    • Water Vapor (daily -- previous 7 days)
    • Water and Ice (monthly -- previous 8 months)
  • Ride Along with Satellites

Historic Colorado

  • Bird's-eye-views
    • See historic maps of Colorado cities & towns:
      • Blackhawk 1882
      • Buena Vista 1882
      • Canon City 1882
      • Colorado Springs 1882
      • Golden 1882
      • Greeley 1882
      • Gunnison 1882
      • Maysville 1882
      • Pikes Peak (area) 1890
      • Salida 1882
      • Trinidad 1882
  • Ski maps (coming soon)