MountainQuest
Possible Site Descriptions

An international committee has narrowed a long list of observatory construction sites to five.  Your goal is to determine which is the best place to build a large, international astronomical observatory for NASA.  You will evaluate scientific and cultural data for five potential sites, in Antarctica, Japan, Chile, and the United States, and make presentations to a formal review panel. 

Site #1:  Amundsen-Scott station in Antarctica (Latitude: -89.997  Longitude: -102.0) 
cartoon map of South Pole station
Some On-Line Resources (in addition to your school library) 

Site #2:  Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA

Some On-Line Resources (in addition to your school library)

Site #3:  Aucanquilcha in the mountains of Chile (20,250 ft. elevation)
map of Chile showing Aucanquilcha Volcano

Some On-Line Resources (in addition to your school library) 

Site #4:  Greenbank in West Virgina, USA

Some On-Line Resources (in addition to your school library) 

Site #5:  Summit of Mt. Fuji in Japan (latitude 35.3 N, longitude 138.7 E)

Some On-Line Resources (in addition to your school library)



Other Possibly Useful Resources
 
Research Tools  World Map Viewers
US Map Viewers  Airline Resources