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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Terraphone?
Terraphone is an iPhone application that provides geology information, particularly geologic and paleo occurrence data to you wherever your iPhone has service. Using this data you can explore the earth, search for fossils, learn geology, view mineral images, search a dictionary of more than 58,000 geology and mining terms, and much, much more.
How do I use Terraphone?

When you open the application, you are brought to Terraphone's "Location" screen:

The purpose of this screen is to help you select a geographical coordinate. You can do this by:

  • Scrolling and zooming the map until the map is centered on the spot you want to study
  • Turning on the "Track Location" switch at the bottom of the screen. This will center the map on your location and disable map scrolling. When "Track Location" is turned "ON", the data within Terraphone will update to show you what has been found near your current location.

Once the map is centered on the coordinate you want to study, simply click on one of the tabs at the bottom of the screen:

  • Strata - Explores the major layers of rock that have been discovered nearby
  • Occurrences - Explores the rock and mineral occurrences that have been found nearby
  • Fossils - Shows you detailed information about fossil finds that have been reported in the area
  • More - A list of additional features that come with Terraphone, including a list of terrain features nearby, a dictionary with tens of thousands of mining and geology terms, and a beautiful gallery of mineral images

What countries and areas have data available?
Terraphone supports the continental United States, as well as Alaska. Occurrence, Fossil, and Terrain data is available for Hawaii, but strata data is not. Locations outside the United States have varying amounts of data available and, although you may find data by studying those locations in the application, Terraphone does not officially support those locations.
Why can't I center the map on Hawaii or parts of Alaska?
You have scrolled the map to the edge of the earth...according to Google maps...but don't worry, if you simply zoom in a little, you will be able to reach anywhere in Alaska or Hawaii.
How much does Terraphone cost?
Terraphone is on sale at an introductory price of $12.99. Don't wait, our prices are subject to change at any time.
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