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July 2010
What's New in Google Earth?

Draggable Driving Directions in Earth view

Click and Drag Driving Directions in Earth View
This week we launched a new feature in Earth view on Google Maps. After getting driving directions, you can now click and drag points along your path to take a different route. Simply click on the Earth button in the top right corner, then click on the blue route line, and drag it to an alternate route.

Geo Teachers Institute and Geo Bee

Geo Teachers Institute & Geo Bee
Last week, Google hosted its first Geo Teachers Institute, a two-day workshop where 150 educators received hands-on training. At the event, we announced that Google Earth Pro is now available to educators for free through the Google Earth for Educators site. We also held the company’s first ever Google Geo Bee hosted by Alex Trebek.

New Chilean Cities in Building Maker

New Chilean Cities in Building Maker
Two Chilean cities, Santiago and Valparaiso, are the first South American cities to become available to model in Google Building Maker, an online 3D modeling tool for Google Earth. The coverage in Building Maker has now increased to 6 continents and 94 cities total. Start modeling in one of these cities (or pick from the city dropdown) and get on the 3D map!

Rain and Snow in Google Earth

Rain and Snow Now in Google Earth
Now you can track weather patterns ranging from light drizzle and snow to hurricanes and blizzards in Google Earth 5.2. First, enable the clouds layer, then zoom into a particular location where it may be raining or snowing. Currently, our precipitation data cover some areas in North America and Europe. You can see if it’s available in a particular place by enabling the radar layer.

Improving the Quality of Borders

Improving the Quality of Borders
This month we announced significant improvements to the borders of over 60 countries and regions. With these improvements, many borders will now more closely follow natural boundaries such as mountains and rivers. The picture above shows a portion of the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The new data follows the mountain ridgeline quite closely, even when zoomed in, which is a great improvement in positional accuracy.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
This month we take a look at two stories. First, we look at the creation of a Google Earth layer by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) showing the potential impacts of a global temperature rise of four degrees Celsius. Then, we'll look at how one pioneering film maker has used Google Earth to communicate stories of children living in remote areas of the Amazon basin. Please read more.

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
New and updated imagery was added to Google Earth in July, including high-resolution aerial updates for the USA and New Zealand. Many countries also received high-resolution satellite updates, including China, Egypt, Mexico, Cuba, Australia, Jamaica, India and more. Take a look at these changes and many more (marked in red) in our update posts here and here, or view this file (Earth logo) 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?

Where in the World?
Can you find where this feature is in Google Earth? Click the image above for a larger view. When you think you've found it, post your answer here. Here are a few clues:

  • This country is the second most populous country in the world.
  • Gandhinagar is this state's capital city.
  • If you were to travel through the nearest airport to this site, your luggage would have the tags "IXY" on them.
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers on the Google Earth Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.

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