"NEW YORK -- Images and data on climate, earthquakes and much more is now available in a new mobile application that offers users simplified access to libraries that until now were tapped mainly by earth and environmental scientists.
The EarthObserver App, for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, displays natural features and forces on land, undersea and in the air.
Created at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, it works on an intuitive level with touches of the fingers, drawing on dozens of frequently updated databases from institutions throughout the world. For a limited time, it may be downloaded free at the education section of the Apple app store. The app will eventually retail for a small fee."