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    Earth Day Guide

    by Mobile Igniter

    Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about Earth Day or its history, because Earth Day Guide should give you all the information you need. The app includes history, news, resolutions, and so much more showcased in a green nature themed interface.

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    Google Earth

    by Google, Inc.

    Any discussion of the planet should start with seeing as much of it as possible, and Google Earth is a great way to do that without leaving your couch. The app takes full advantage of Google's satellite imagery to show you nearly every place on Earth, and the touch controls let you move and manipulate the stunning, high resolution photos. Although Google Earth is a universal app. it looks especially stunning on an iPad's larger screen.

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    Living Earth - Clock & Weather

    by Radiantlabs, LLC

    Looking for something a little more current than Google Earth? Living Earth brings you a virtual 3D view of Earth from outer space, including accurate cloud rendering in close to real time. This means you can see storms as they happen from a rare vantage point. It's also a world clock with an alarm function, and a weather app with a four day forecast for over 22,000 global locations. Watch sunrise lead to sunset and the seasons change, and enjoy the well-implemented, responsive, gesture-based controls.

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    NASA Earth As Art

    by NASA

    If you still need to see more of Earth’s beauty, try NASA’s Earth As Art. The app presents images of the Earth taken by NASA’s satellites, but frames them so that they look like works of art that belong in a museum. Earth as Art is also educational, as each photo has accompanying text describing the environment depicted. The app also features several time-lapse photo series, which illustrate environmental changes that resulted from humanity’s actions.

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    Britannica Kids: Rainforests

    by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

    Once you’re done looking at Earth from space, it’s time to look at what’s on the planet Earth more closely. A good starting point is learning about the rainforest in Britannica Kids: Rainforests. Although the app is aimed at kids, adults may enjoy learning about the precious natural resources via an interactive mix of games, images, puzzles, and information all showing different aspects of the rainforest, with special emphasis on the plants and animals. It’s both an excellent study aid and an engaging way to learn about a crucial part of the Earth and why they are so important for conservation efforts.

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    50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

    by National Geographic Society

    If you prefer a more all-in-one photo app, National Geographic Images is the one to get. The editors of National Geographic chose the top fifty photos in their extensive collection and brought them to the iPad. The photos are gorgeous, but the app itself is also impressive. Each photo is accompanied by background information on the subject and photographer, as well as alternate shots, a copy of the magazine page on which it first appeared, and even some video. The app is also very well-designed and a pleasure to use, which makes its rather high cost more palatable.

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    Fotopedia Heritage

    by Fotonauts Inc.

    Fotopedia’s apps bring you the world in many wonderful ways, but none of their apps are better suited to Earth Day than Heritage. This award-winning collection of 25,000 stunning photographs from around the globe is completely free, so you have no excuse not to try it. Admire images of our beautiful planet in all its glorious colors, then save your favorites to use as a wallpaper or share via social media.

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    WWF Together

    by World Wildlife Fund

    For an example of why conservation and Earth Day are important, look at World Wild Life Fund Together. The app by the prominent animal charity uses the power of the iPad to show the importance of the work being done to protect endangered animals around the world. Information on many different animal species, including threats and conservation efforts, is presented through touches, swipes, gorgeous photography, text, and even video. WWF Together also includes recent news and information about current WWF projects.

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    GoodGuide

    by GoodGuide, Inc.

    When it comes to Mother Earth, what issues concern you the most? Animal welfare? Climate change? Energy efficiency? Use GoodGuide (and your iPhone) to scan products at the store, revealing whether the product is safe, healthy, or green. It also allows you to choose issues that you care about and see whether a product passes or fails that specific criteria.

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    Make Change, Not Waste

    by Atomic Axis

    Make Change, Not Waste is a fantastic app for the iPhone that rewards Whole Foods Market shoppers with coupons for their green living choices. Choices like using a reusable bag, recycling, and biking will earn you rewards and badges. After completing ten green living choices, you can unlock a coupon or donate a percentage of the coupon value to the Whole Planet Foundation.

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    Earth Day Carol

    by Zippy Brain Inc.

    If you're looking for an app that will help you introduce children to the importance of keeping our planet clean, Earth Day Carol is your best bet. The interactive ebook turns Charles Dickens' famous story “A Christmas Carol” into a lesson on the environment and conservation. Instead of miserly Scrooge, the protagonist is a plastic bottle who is visited by the ghosts of Plastic Past, Plastic Present, and Plastic Future. The book is packed with animations, the illustrations are engaging, and it is ideal for instilling the motto, "Reduce, reuse, and recycle," into the younger generation. One thing to note: those with young and/or sensitive children may want to peruse the app before handing it to a child, as it isn’t subtle with its message.

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    Al Gore – Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

    by Push Pop Press, Inc.

    There is no better way to learn about the importance of the environment, conservation, and Earth Day than with Al Gore’s Our Choice. The app presents an iPad-optimized version of Al Gore’s treatise on climate change and the alternatives we can implement to protect our environment. Our Choice isn’t for the faint of heart. The app is dense and full of information, but the experience should ultimately be rewarding.

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    Art Authority for iPad

    by Open Door Networks, Inc.

    Photos, fossils, and facts are traditional ways to view the world. A path less travelled is history through the lens of art. Of all the multi-artist apps in the App Store, this one offers the greatest breadth. It has everything from cave drawings to contemporary classics, taking you on a journey like no other. The app is full of hi-def images of masterworks broken into periods and displayed like an art gallery. It will take you on an odyssey through time guided by many of the most creative people to ever grace our planet.

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    ARTREE for iPad

    by Hansol Huh

    For the tree-hugger in all of us, this relaxing app lets you create beautiful trees with your finger. ARTREE’s combination of art creation and zen relaxation is the perfect way to relax after your educational, fulfilling Earth Day activities!