Google Earth Sightseer  

March 2012
What's New in Google Earth?

Google Earth content on your mobile device

Custom Google Earth content on your mobile
One of the most powerful features of Google Earth is the ability to view custom maps or overlays, which are also commonly known as KML files. Ever since we introduced the Google Earth mobile app, users have requested support for custom content. The new Google Earth 6.2 for Android and iOS not only supports custom content, it also includes gallery integration, improved navigation and sharing from Android devices. Happy mobile exploring!

New Satellite Imagery of Japan’s Disaster Areas

New satellite imagery of Japan's disaster areas
Last March, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. At the time, satellite imagery proved to be a useful tool in visualizing the affected areas. Updated imagery taken by GeoEye in February and March has now been added to Google Earth and Google Maps, providing a telling view of what the affected areas look like a year into recovery. Visit the Google Lat Long Blog to read more about this new imagery.

Google Map Maker for France and Monaco

Google Map Maker for France and Monaco
Google Map Maker has now launched in France and Monaco, allowing you to add your favorite places to the map. Start with your local bakeries, cinemas, parks, and museums. Once approved your contributions will appear on Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Maps for mobile for all the world to see. Visit the Google Lat Long Blog to learn more about how you can contribute your local knowledge.

Visit the Amazon with Street View

Visit the Amazon with Street View
Last August, a few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve. We’ve now made these images available on Google Earth and Google Maps making it easy for millions of people to take a virtual trip to the beauty of the Amazon! Check out this tour of the imagery on the Google Earth Gallery.

Exploring San Francisco in 1938

Exploring 1938 San Francisco
The historical imagery feature in Google Earth allows you to explore decades worth of high resolution imagery. We’ve been working with the David Rumsey Map Collection to offer imagery of San Francisco in 1938 by cataloging and geo-referencing over 100 images. This mosaic lets you travel back in time and see how the city has changed over the years. Learn more over at the Google Lat Long Blog.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
This month, in news from Google Earth Outreach, learn even more about the new Amazon Street View imagery. Then, an exciting Google Earth project brought to you by the World Resources Institute to protect the world’s coral reefs through mapping. Lastly, learn about a workshop hosted by the Institute at the Golden Gate where we helped them to train 50 conservation leaders on Google mapping tools. Learn more in this month's newsletter...

New and Updated Imagery

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, Canada, France, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Zambia and more. Zoom into Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, or explore the Philae Temple Complex in Aswan, Egypt by opening this 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?

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:

  • Located on one of the southern points on the Earth.
  • Located in a national park that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1981.
  • This glacier is still growing.

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