|Review of Google Earth for Android Version 8|
As mentioned in my previous post, Google recently announced a new version of Google Earth for Android. This version (220.127.116.115) is a complete re-write of the underlying Google Earth 3D model, and now has access to unified mapping data used by Google Maps and this new version of Google Earth. This means the most current […]
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|Partial Solar Eclipse October 23rd 2014|
There will be a partial solar eclipse later today October 23rd 2014. It will be visible over much of North America. We have looked at eclipses many time in the past, including: 2006, 2008 1,2, 2009, 2010,2012 and 2013. Several of the sites or KMLs that we have pointed to in the past either no-longer […]
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|Google Rewrites Google Earth for Android|
Google has announced a new version of Google Earth for Android that promises “an enhanced 3D experience, quicker updates to the map, and an easier way to view your KML files in Earth”. It has some interesting new rendering technology, and the ability more easily load KML files is an important step. I will be […]
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|Jimmy John?s non-compete zones in Google Earth|
SigActs.com has an interesting blog post about U.S. sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John?s, which requires their deli employees to sign non-compete agreements. There is an online map provided, but it is best viewed in Google Earth by downloading this KML file. Jimmy John’s non-compete zones. We asked blog writer Sean Maday how the map and […]
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|Google Solar System|
We have in the past shown you how to turn Google Earth into various other planets including Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Several of the models come from the Barnabu blog by James Stafford, who also created a comparison of the solar system’s moons, which we covered in 2007. Now you can explore a number of […]
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|Using KML to change your field of view in Google Earth|
Thank you to GEB reader Sebastien for letting us know that the Field of View can be adjusted in Google Earth by means of a tour. There are other techniques mentioned here such as a KML with transparent photo overlay, or changing an ini file, but the tour technique seems to be the easiest. It […]
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|Google Earth plugin gradually fading away|
Due to the uncertain future of the Google Earth plugin, many prominent sites that used to use it have started to transition to other alternatives. Here are three examples: Ships 2 Career from PlanetInAction.com Back in 2009 PlanetInAction.com released a fantastic free ship simulator using the Google Earth plugin. In 2011 it was upgraded to […]
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|USGS 3D Elevation Program|
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has a program called the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). From the USGS website: The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features. The primary goal […]
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|Magnetic North and True North|
A magnetic compass, including the compasses on most smart phones, does not point to the North Pole, or even to the North Magnetic Pole. Instead, it points away from True North by an angle known as the Magnetic Declination, which varies considerably, depending on where you are on the earths surface. It also varies slowly […]
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|News Roundup: Polar ice caps, poachers and space detectives|
Polar ice caps The US National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has recently updated their KML files of Arctic and Antarctic ice to include 2014 data. We have looked at their work many times in the past, as you can see here. Also of note is this press release from them explaining that the […]
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