Google Earth Sightseer  

July 2011
What's New in Google Earth?

Your World in 3D

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

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, research discoveries, surf spots and more.

South Sudan

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 Japan

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.

Hurricane tracking

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

News from Google Earth Outreach
In this 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

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 update post 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?

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:

  • 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.
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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