Science, Tech, Math › Science 8 Best Geology Apps for iPhones, iPads and Androids Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61 / Getty Images Science Geology Types Of Rocks Landforms and Geologic Features Geologic Processes Plate Tectonics Chemistry Biology Physics Astronomy Weather & Climate By Brooks Mitchell Science Expert B.A., Geology, University of Alabama Brooks Mitchell is an earth science educator and geologist who is currently the Education Coordinator for the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. our editorial process Brooks Mitchell Updated January 10, 2020 There are numerous apps available for geology enthusiasts on mobile devices, but not all of them are worth your time. The ones that are, however, can save you a decent amount of work while studying for an exam or doing research in the field. Google Earth iTunes Store Google Earth is a multi-purpose tool that, much like others on this list, is excellent for both geology lovers as well as the less fortunate. Although it doesn't have all of the functionality of its desktop version, you can still view the entire globe with a swipe of a finger and zoom in on terrain with stunning clarity. Google Earth has endless applications, whether you are passing the time at home or finding the best route to a remote site. The Maps Gallery is a great feature, adding markers and overlays for almost anything, from "Highest Peaks in Each State" to "Gangs of Los Angeles." Using this app can be daunting at first, so don't be afraid to take a tutorial! Available For: AndroidiPhone and iPad Average Rating: Google Play - 4.4 out of 5iTunes - 4.1 out of 5 Flyover Country iTunes Store Created by a University of Minnesota geologist and funded by the National Science Foundation, Flyover Country is a must-have app for any earth science lover who travels. You input your start and end destination, and the app creates a virtual path of geologic maps, fossil localities, and core samples. Save the path for offline use (depending on the length of your journey and the map version you choose, it can take up anywhere from just a few MB to upwards of 100 MB) so you can pull it back up when the internet isn't available. The app uses your GPS tracking information, which can be used in airplane mode, to follow your speed, direction, and location. This allows you to reference large landmarks from 40,000 feet high. The app was initially designed as a window-seat companion for curious air travelers, but it also has a "road/foot" mode that can be used for a road trip, hike or long run. The functionality is great (it took me just a few minutes to figure out how to use it) and the app looks flawless as well. It is relatively new, so expect continued improvements. Available For: AndroidiPhone and iPad Average Rating: Google Play - 4.1 out of 5iTunes - 4.2 out of 5 Lambert iTunes Store Lambert turns your iPhone or iPad into a geologic compass, recording and storing the direction and angle of an outcrop's dip, its GPS location and the date and time. That data can then be projected on your device or transferred to a computer. Available For: iPhone and iPad Average Rating: iTunes - 4.3 out of 5 QuakeFeed iTunes Store QuakeFeed is the most popular of numerous earthquake-reporting apps available on iTunes, and it's not hard to see why. The app has two views, map, and list, that are easy to toggle between with a button in the top-left corner. The map view is uncluttered and easy to read, making highlighting a particular quake quick and straightforward. The map view also has plate boundaries labeled with the plate names and fault type. The earthquake data comes in 1, 7 and 30-day ranges, and each quake links to a USGS page with expanded information. QuakeFeed also offers push notifications for magnitude 6+ earthquakes. Not a bad tool to have in your arsenal if you live in an earthquake-prone area. Available For: iPhone and iPad Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Smart Geology Mineral Guide iTunes Store This neat do-it-all app features a handy mineral classification chart with groups and subgroups as well as a dictionary of common geologic terms and basic geologic time scale. It's a great study tool for any earth science student and a useful, yet limited, mobile reference guide for geologists. Available For: Android Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 Mars Globe iTunes Store This is essentially Google Earth for Mars without as many of the bells and whistles. The guided tour is excellent. You can also explore the 1500+ highlighted surface features on your own. If you have an extra 99 cents, spring for the HD version—it is well worth it. Available For: iPhone and iPad Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Moon Globe iTunes Store Moon Globe, as you may have guessed, is necessarily the lunar version of Mars Globe. You can pair it with a telescope on a clear night. It could prove to be a useful device to reference your observations. Available For: iPhone and iPad Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Geologic Maps iTunes Store If you live in Great Britain, then you're in luck: The iGeology app, created by the British Geological Survey, is free, features more than 500 British geological maps and is available on for Android, iOS, and Kindle. The United States is not quite as lucky. Your best bet is probably bookmarking the mobile version of the USGS Interactive Map to your phone's home screen. Disclaimer While these apps may be useful in the field, they are not a replacement for proper geologic equipment like local maps, GPS units, and field guides. Nor are they meant to be a replacement for proper training. Many of these apps require internet access to use and can drain your battery quickly; not exactly something you want to depend on when your research, or even your life, is on the line. Not to mention, your geologic equipment is more likely to stand up to the extremes of field work than your expensive mobile device!