For those who travel this is an interesting app.. Ever wondered what is beneath you as fly to your destination?? This new app just does exactly this and its now on Android and iOS. This will a interesting one to try our if you fancy knowing what is beneath you and does not require you sitting at the window either..
Flyover Country is a National Science Foundation funded offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. The app exposes interactive geologic maps from Macrostrat.org, fossil localities from Neotomadb.org and Paleobiodb.org, core sample localities from LacCore.org, Wikipedia articles, offline base maps, and the user’s current GPS determined location, altitude, speed, and heading.
The app analyses a given flight path and caches relevant map data and points of interest (POI), and displays these data during the flight, without in flight wifi. By downloading only the data relevant to a particular flightpath, cache sizes remain reasonable, allowing for a robust experience without an internet connection.
How to use FC:
-Tap two or more points on the map to specify your path, then click ‘Load path’ in the top right corner to view the data associated with the path. Select ‘Save for offline’ to store the data and associated articles on your device for offline use. Access saved paths from the ‘Saved’ menu.
-Toggle ‘GPS’ to the on position in the side menu (accessed by pressing the menu button, top left). This will enable position tracking, speed, heading, and altitude information to be accessed from the map view.
-You may also select your ‘Trip mode’ from the side menu. the ‘plane’ provides a wide strip of data while ‘car/foot’ provides a narrower but more detailed geologic map with detailed unit descriptions and metadata.