What's New in Google Earth?
Track Santa on Christmas Eve!
Tracking Santa in Google Earth and
Google Maps has become as much of a holiday
tradition as stockings and Christmas carols. Visit www.noradsanta.org on Christmas Eve to follow
Santa around the globe. Watch him fly over world wonders like the Great
Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt, as well as famous landmarks like
the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the Golden Gate Bridge - all in 3D! The
journey begins at 7 a.m. GMT on December 24th at www.noradsanta.org.
48-screen Liquid Galaxy in Paris
Galaxy is an entirely new way to explore Google Earth. We are excited
to share that the first 48 screen Liquid Galaxy is now on display in Paris.
What started as a 20% project to support the new Google
Cultural Institute resulted in a stunning display of the Earth in
almost 100M pixels. The view is even sharper due to a refresh of the entire
Paris area with higher resolution imagery. Can’t make it to France in the
near future? Preview it at home by downloading this KML file.
Exploring Ancient Ruins in 3D
From his office chair in Perth, Professor
remotely identified thousands of archaeological sites without having to
step foot on Saudi Arabian or Yemeni soil. Historically it has been
difficult to undertake ground surveys and aerial photographs of these areas
are seldom available for research. By carefully studying satellite imagery
of the Arabian peninsula in Google Earth, Professor Kennedy has unearthed an enormous record of archaeological
sites, from ancient geoglyphs to stone Wheels to
Pendant-shaped tombs and animal traps called kites that could be up to
9,000 years old.
Mapping now easier with the new Map Maker
With Google Map Maker, you
can easily help ensure that the changing world around you is accurately
reflected on the map. Add your favorite gift shop, the nearest tree farm,
or even the golf course where you once got that hole in one. With 2012
approaching, we're getting a head start on our New Year's resolution to
shed some excess weight and improve our overall appearance. Now, we’re
revealing a new version of Google Map Maker to help users map the places
they know best and make their hometowns sparkle on Google Maps. Visit the
Google Lat Long Blog to find out more about this update.
New indoor Maps
“Where am I?” and “What’s around me?” are two questions that cartographers,
and Google Maps, strive to answer. With
Google Maps’ “My
Location” feature, you can see where you are on the map to avoid
walking the wrong direction on city streets, or to get your bearings if
you’re hiking an unfamiliar trail. Google Maps also displays additional
details, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you
context about what’s nearby.
Now, Google Maps for Android enables you to figure out where you are
and see where you might want to go when you’re indoors.
News from Google Earth Outreach
In this month's News from Google Earth Outreach, we'll look in more detail
Great Migration Game”, a new project from the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire. This sea
turtle tracking project uses innovative mapping technology to let local
middle and high school students learn about and get involved in following
these endangered sea turtles’ journeys through the seas. You'll also learn
about Google Earth Outreach manager Rebecca Moore's speech at the Eye on Earth 2011 summit in Abu Dhabi,
and how technology can help to create a better awareness of the
more in this month's newsletter...
New and Updated Imagery
This month, our imagery team added
hundreds of new images to Google
Earth and Google Maps, including
high-resolution aerial updates for the US, Paris, France and Catalonia and
Zamora, Spain. Also available, are high-resolution satellite updates for
Australia, Chile, Mexico, Qatar, Swaziland and more. Zoom into the Louvre
in Paris, or explore the areas around Palm Springs, California by opening
KML file directly in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the View
> Historical Imagery feature to scroll through past imagery through
a 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 to lead you to the location:
For more fun
& games, visit the Google Earth
- The national anthem of the country this location is in is the The
- The nickname for this state is the "Sunshine State".
- Think what millions of people will be celebrating on the 25th of this
Useful places for more Google Earth information: