What's New in Google Earth?
Discover Your World in 3D, again
We recently unveiled a redesigned Your World in 3D
website. If you’re new to geo-modeling -- the term given to creating 3D
buildings for Google Earth and
Google Maps -- the Your World in 3D
website has all the tools and info you’ll need to get up and running
quickly. The new website showcases several examples of what fellow modelers
are building and will help connect with other geo-modelers around the
world. You can also visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn more.
Celebrate Marine Day by exploring the shinkai
The ocean covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and yet
remains one of the most mysterious places on the planet. In Japan, bodies
of water with depths over 200m (656 feet) are referred to as shinkai, or
deep sea. We've teamed up with the manned Shinkai
6500 submarine to share this hidden world through Google Earth. Dive
beneath the surface to explore the shinkai, as well as shipwrecks,
South Sudanese map their way to independence
On July 9, South Sudan officially became independent, becoming Africa’s
54th state. In anticipation of this significant development, the World Bank, UNOSAT, RCMRD, Satellite Sentinel Project and Google
organized a South Sudan Community Mapping event in Nairobi on June 30. This
was the second in a series of mapping
events intended to encourage local people to create accurate and
detailed maps of South Sudan. Visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn how songs became maps!
Street View digitally archives Japan’s disaster zones
Here at Google we try to find ways to use our technology to support relief activities
around natural disasters. On July 8, we
announced that Street View cars will drive across major cities and
coastal areas of the Tohoku region in Japan to capture current street-level
imagery. We hope these images will help communicate the current state of
the disaster-affected area and also serve as a digital archive for future
generations. Visit the Japan Crisis
Response site to learn more.
Keeping an ‘eye’ on the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons
With current forecasts suggesting this year's hurricane activity will be
above average, we've added the ability to track current tropical storms on
Google Earth (make sure “Places” is
checked in the left "Layers" panel). Information such as a storm's
intensity, heading, along with the latest advisories is available to keep
you up to date. Visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn about new storm tracking tools on both
Google Earth and Google Search.
News from Google Earth Outreach
month's News from Google Earth
Outreach, find out about our upcoming trip to Canada to take part in a
three-day mapping workshop extravaganza. Next, learn how our friends over
at MAPA used their
knowledge of Google Earth and
Google Maps to hold a Geo workshop for
160 conservationists in Arusha, Tanzania. Finally, read about our
participation at the Community Forest
Monitoring Workshop in Washington DC where we demonstrate Google
Earth's data visualization capabilities. Please read more.
New and Updated Imagery
This month we added new and updated imagery, including high-resolution
aerial updates for the USA. Many countries also received high-resolution
satellite updates, including Australia, Canada, Estonia, Somalia, United
Arab Emirates and more. Take a look at these changes and many more in our
here, or view this file directly in Google Earth. Don't
forget you can use the View > Historical Imagery option to see
imagery choices through the time slider.
Where in the World?
Somewhere in Google Earth is this interesting feature. Can you find it? Be
sure to click the image above for a larger view of this location. When you
think you've found it, post your answer here. Here are a few clues:
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers on the Google Earth
Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.
- This image is located in the world's second largest country.
- AB is the abbreviation for the province this place can be found in.
- This site became the focal point for many Jamaicans during 1988.
Useful places for more Google Earth information: