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Science Collection: Google Expeditions

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Google Expeditions is the perfect tool to provide an immersive interaction with Phenomena. Some Expeditions that contain Phenomena in one or more scenes are below. To preview: Open the Expeditions App on your phone or tablet, make sure you are connected to the Internet, use the search feature in the App to download the Expedition to your device, open the Expedition as the guide to preview the scenes and the points of interest. If you are using your smartphone and have a VR Headset available you can click on Follow and Embark on your own as a Solo Explorer.

This is just a sample of Expeditions that may contain Phenomena. There are currently over 700 Expeditions available. To explore the entire list click here.

New to Google Expeditions? Visit our resource guide to learn more. 

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Expeditions

Description: The Aurora, more commonly known as “Northern Lights” or “Southern Lights,” is an incredible light show found near the earth’s polar regions. It’s caused by the interaction between charged particles from the sun and the Earth’s own atmosphere. 

Scene Titles: 1 - Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis 2 - Causes of Auroras 3 - Auroras on Other Planets 4 - Aurora’s Size and Color 5 - The Shape of the Aurora 6 - Divine Signs 7 - Auroras on Earth 

Exothermic Reaction

Exothermic Reactions

Description: An exothermic reaction is a reaction that generates heat. Heat is essential for us in so many ways, and because of this, so are exothermic reactions. A classic example of this are combustion reactions. 

Scene Titles: 1 - Combustion Reactions 2 - Heat Generation 3 - Energy Source 4 - Rocket Engines 5 - Checmical Explosions 6 - TNT 7 - Fireworks 8 - Thermite Reaction 9 - Neutralization 

Global Coral Bleaching Event

Coral Bleaching

Description: High CO2 has two impacts on the ocean: warming and ocean acidification. This virtual field trip shows the impact of warming oceans in terms of coral bleaching.

Scene Titles: 1 - Coral Bleaching 2 - Before Bleaching 3 - During Bleaching 4 - After Bleaching 5 - Healthy Coral Reef 



Description: Volcanoes are one of Earth’s great natural phenomena. In this expedition, we explore the inner and outer workings of a volcano and take a look at what makes volcanoes such a powerful force.

Scene Titles:  1 - What is a Volcano? 2 - What causes Volcanos? 3 - Different Stages of Volcanoes 4 - Volcanic Eruption 5 - Different types of volcanoes 6 - Pyroclastic flow. Lahar. Pumice. 7 - The Ring of Fire 8 - Volcanoes and the Solar System

Physics of Flight

Physics of Flight

Description: Man has dreamed of taking flight for thousands of years. It wasn’t until 1903 that man managed to take to the sky using a heavier-than-air aircraft. Since the Wright brothers invention aviation has evolved rapidly with today’s heaviest aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya able to take flight despite its 640 tonne weight. How are these aircrafts able to fly? 

Scene Titles: 1 - Lift 2 - Gravity 3 - Thrust 4 - Drag 5 - Other Flying Machines 6 - Natural flight 


Friction Expedition

Description: Friction is the force which resists movement between objects. Friction is not considered to be a fundamental force - a force that is necessary in order for the universe to function. Friction does not only occur in visible objects but also within air and water. Many human made objects need to take into account friction in their design and either mitigate its influence or use it to its advantage. 

Scene Titles: 1 - History 2 - Static Friction 3 - Rolling Friction 4 - Kinetic Friction 5 - Fluid Friction 6 - Reducing Friction 


Greenland Expedtion

Description: Put on your cold-weather gear and join this Expedition to a land of ice and snow. Greenland does have green land, but we’re going to stick close to the coast and focus our attention on fjords, glaciers, and icebergs that are the common features of the landscape here. 

Scene Titles: 1 - At the Mouth of Ilulissat Icefjord 2 - Davis Strait 3 - Icebergs of Various Sizes 4 - The Arched Iceberg 

Grand Canyon


Clouds Expedition

Description: The cloud is one of Earth’s most common displays of nature. Clouds are visible accumulations of water droplets or solid ice crystals that float in the Earth's troposphere (the lowest part of the Earth's atmosphere), and move with the wind. 

Scene Titles: 1 - What Are Clouds? 2 - Cloud Colors 3 - Cloud Cycle 4 - Clouds Formation 5 - Types of Cloud 6 - Special Clouds 7 - Inside a Cloud 

Environmental Changes in Borneo

Environmental Changes in Borneo Expedition

Description: You begin your journey in ancient rainforest that once covered all of Borneo. You start by climbing up into a canopy viewing station that overlooks the horizon of this virgin rainforest. You can see what this land would have looked like before modern human developments started to influence the landscape. Everywhere you look is an ecosystem that has evolved over millions of years, with species co-adapting into an integrated and complex web of life that provides resilience and strength. 

Scene Titles: 1 - Prisitne Rainforest 2 - Land clearance and Deforestation 3 - Palm Oil 4 - Land encroachment 5 - Sandakan Development 6 - Supermarket 

Exotic Marine Systems

Exotic Marine Systems

Description: Did you know that more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered by water? It supports an abundance of marine life. The ones we call exotic are marine ecosystems that have specific qualities and are very different from each other in origin, functions, and the life forms they sustain. 

Scene Titles: 1 - Hydrothermal Vents 2 - Kelp Forests 3 - Mangroves 4 - Tidal Pools 5 - Coral Reefs 6 - The Antarctic 7 - The Arctic