On 22 October I wrote about Geocaching.com supporting Google Earth as a powerful way to search Geocaches. At the time I had no official announcement from the company. Here’s a link to the announcement, which provides some additional details on their Google Earth suport.
The most interesting thing about this announcement is this: “…the coordinates used in Google Earth are only an approximation and can be up to 100 ft from the actual location. Do not use the coordinates in Google Earth for cache hunting” Apparently, Google Earth is so accurate in showing cache locations they felt it would take away some of the fun if the placemark showed the real coordinates. If you select “View Cache Details” from the placemark and then “edit” the placemark, select “advanced”, select “Location” and compare the coordinates they will be different. Now, given that GPS’s are already off by anywhere from 5-75 feet, the actual error in location may be even bigger. You could just enter the real coordinates from the web page if you don’t like this feature. But, its interesting they chose this approach. Or, could it be that Geocaching.com was concerned someone would start saving the Google Earth network link placemarks and create their own database of the geocache coordinates?
The announcment also…
The announcement also contained two other features: Geocaching .com is offering GE files for Bookmark lists and for showing where a Travel Bug has travelled (read the Geocaching.com site if you don’t know what these are). I’m glad Geocaching.com is taking advantage of GE to provide their customers with useful visualization tools. Geocaching and Google Earth are ideally suited for one another.