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These free downloads are standalone programs that run without other software.  Computers with less than 512 MB of free RAM will run these programs very slowly at best. 

These downloads require the internet to run. When the welcome screen appears, click “web access”.  For a CD version that does not require internet access, please email Selby Cull at cull@jyi.org.

         ° DDM-Mars Beta for Windows (Win98, 2000, XP, Vista):  24 MB (15 Aug 2005 version updated 05 Dec 2007 for Vista, sent as 16.6 MB Zip file).

         ° DDM-Mars Beta for Mac OSX:  27 MB (15 Aug 2005 version updated 05 Dec 2007 as Universal Binary for OSX, sent as 17.6 MB Zip file)

         ° DDM-Mars Beta for Macintosh Classic:  34 MB (15 August 2005 version)

Download a description of the DDM-Mars.

About the DDM-Mars:

A Dynamic Digital Map (DDM) is a fully interactive software program incorporating maps, images, movies, data, articles, interviews, animations, and class activities [1,2,3].  DDMs are designed to serve many purposes, including teaching tools and data presentation.  For a more detailed discussion on using DDMs interactively in large geology classes, see [4].  

The DDM-Mars program incorporates over 220 maps of the Martian surface, hundreds of images, and dozens of articles with interactive tours of Mars and exercises for undergraduate geology classes.  Upon opening the program, the user is given a home screen with many options.  From this home screen, the user may access any other part of the DDM, including the sections: Missions to Mars, History of Mars Exploration, Regions of Mars, Minerals & Surface Compositions, Meteorites from Mars, Volcanoes on Mars, Water on Mars, Tours, and Exercises.  A set of fast-reference lists of maps, images, and articles makes finding a specific material easy.

The DDM-Mars is designed as a teaching tool that can be used both in lectures and labs.  For lectures, the DDM includes a template that allows instructors to design and write a slide show for a class.  The instructor may choose the images, the order of the images, the length of the slide show, and may either write the captions or choose the DDM’s captions.  For labs, the DDM includes several interactive exercises designed for undergraduates.  The exercises are designed to emphasize the process of thought needed to study Mars as opposed to right and wrong answers.  For example, one of the exercises gives the students information about a fictitious mineral, then asks them to identify places where a rover might search for that mineral on Mars.  The students are given interactive maps, images, topographic profiles, and spectral data to determine where deposits of the mineral might be found.  Another exercise asks the students to design a human mission to Mars.  They must choose a schedule for launch, select their crew members, determine what science needs to be done on the surface, choose vehicles and equipment, select a landing site, balance risk against public and scientific value, and make sure the whole mission comes in under budget.  Then they must walk their crew through the mission itself, assigning them tasks and handling problems.  All of the DDM-Mars the material is written for an undergraduate science audience; however, much of it may be appropriate for high school or non-science audiences as well.

References: [1] Condit CD (1999) Computers & Geoscience 25. [2] Condit CD and TM Boundy (2002) Geol. Soc. Am. Abst. With Prog. v34 no.6. [3] Condit CD (2000) Univ. Mass. Dept. Geoscience Contribution No. 72. [4] Condit CD (2001) Geol. Soc. Am. Abst. With Prog. v.33 no. 6.

Acknowledgements: The DDM Mars software program was developed using Christopher Condit’s DDM Template, a project sponsored by an NSF Grant from the Department of Undergraduate Education and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Reporting Bugs:

The DDM-Mars is currently in development.  You are downloading a beta version.  If you find bugs, please write to Selby Cull at cull@jyi.org.  Also, please feel free to email comments or suggestions. 


Designed and written by Selby Cull, Hampshire College.  Based on the template by Chris Condit
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
National Science Foundation - Grant # DUE-CCLI-0127331 2002-2006


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Last updated 5 December 2007 by Chris Condit.

 Copyright 2005 by Selby Cull.   Cull@jyi.org.