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Koli National Park – GIS-based Learning Module

Themes: Elements of Geology,
Countries: finland 
Attachments: documents(1) 

The Geological Information System (GIS)-based learning assignments are designed for for the first course of geography in upper secondary school. Geological data of the Koli National Park will be examined with Google Earth.

The tasks develop geographical thinking and learner’s processing skills, problem-solving skills and science content knowledge. Learners become acquainted to bedrock and soil and how they affect the landscape and flora of the Koli National Park. For example, learners examine the rocks and soil of Koli region by comparing the bedrock map and the quaternary deposit data. They also examine influence of erosion of different rock types on the landscape. The aero-geophysical materials help to combine physics and chemistry with the physical geography. For example learners study radiation and magnetism data of the Koli area.

Themes of the activities are:

  • Rock and soil examination
  • How do bedrock and soil influence vegetation?
  • Rock and soil gamma radiation (uranium), magnetism and soil conductivity
  • Mires and peat formation

GIS Learning Resources

- Koli National Park, GIS Assignments Handbook: Download Koli Landscape GIS Handbook

The GIS data can be viewed in Google Earth. Get Google Earth
- Access Koli National Park GIS data: download Koli.kmz

Learning material in Finnish language is available at the University of Eastern Finland website. Click here to read more and to download resources in Finnish.


Learning Environment

For more information about Koli National park  (nature, history, activities) visit our website.

Koli National Park

Map of Koli NP (www.excursionmap.fi)

For further information about the services for visitors please contact Visitor Centre Ukko
Tel int. +358 205 64 5654
Fax: +358 205 64 5771

Web: Visitor Centre Ukko


The GIS based learning module for Koli National Park was developed in the NEED-project by:

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Teacher Education
Geological Survey of Finland

Click here for more information about the NEED-project.