GeoXplorer is an AR capable application that allows a user to explore geologically significant outcrops from around the Earth and beyond. Geologic structures can be complex and it can be difficult to understand their 3D nature, so the Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration has leveraged mobile augmented reality (AR) capabilities to aid students' exploration in a personal and intuitive way.
Earth-based models are collected and generated using a variety of techniques, from photogrammetry to airborne and satellite photography. Within our dataset we curate and allow free access to a number of sites showing off beautiful geologic formations.
Within our expanding catalog are photogrammetric models from New Zealand to the Azores; digital elevation models from Meteor Crater to Hawaii; hand samples of rare and important minerals too delicate to be handled; and a number of Martian terrains collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Users can resize, rotate and move outcrops to a convenient position and then explore outcrops as you would in the real world.
This version allows a preview access of an expanding catalog of 3D models to view in 3D using AR. Further models will be added over time, or if you have a model you'd like to see added to the app please get in contact with the Fossett Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org.