Google at the Pump – This rarely happens any more, but a couple of days ago I actually heard some Google news on our local TV station before reading about it on the Internet. Google is working with Greensboro, North Carolina-based Gilbarco Veeder-Root to include an Internet display in gasoline pumps across the US where drivers can search Google Maps to get directions and print them out before they leave the pump. I was amazed to hear my neighbors talking about how they had heard about the gas pump maps and were suddenly more fascinated about Google Earth and the work I do with this blog. via WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
Sigdoarjo Mud Flow – GoogleSightseeing wrote an interesting story about the Sigdoarjo mud flow in East Java, Indonesia. This mud flow was initiated by drilling for gas which accidentally reached a high-pressured volcanic mud flow in the summer of 2006. A huge amount of mud has been oozing out ever since (read more at Wikipedia). The DigitalGlobe satellite photo in Google Earth (taken on the 17th of November 2006) shows how a large portion of the town already appeared to have a new lake of mud – several houses and structures can be seen buried in it. Despite efforts to contain the flow (retaining walls, dams, etc.) the mud has more than doubled in size in the last year. The National University of Singapore highlighted a Ikonos satellite image taken on October 20th (just over two weeks ago). If you load this KML file they created you can see the image overlayed in Google Earth. After loading, use the slider beneath the Places pane to add transparency so you can compare the November 2006 shot to two weeks ago.
Boxing Champs – The Google blog posted a story of how some Googlers helped work an event seeking to boost Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics by creating an innovative application of Google Earth. They created a Google Earth collection of world-wide boxing champions and made it available through a huge interactive touch screen on a wall at the event. The application apparently was a big hit…
California Fire Costs – Google Earth Community member ‘giasen’ has created some more 3D bar charts in Google Earth. This time he illustrates the damage caused by the fires in California – the colors show the number of houses effected in each region (red is the most with 100+ houses damaged). And the height is equal to 100 meters per house effected. See giasen’s world oil consumption graphs from earlier this year.
New Trees – NEWtrees is a joint initiative by WWF Indonesia, Nokia and Equinox Publishing to replant trees in Sebangau National Forest in Central Kalimantan. They have announced they are using Nokia N95 phones (with built-in GPS) to mark the location, and take pictures, of new trees being planted where trees have been either illegally cut down or burned. The first location was marked in a ceremony on November 7th. Nokia is sponsoring the first 100,000 tree plantings. See the map here.
Links: Google at the Pump, Sigdoarjo Mud Flow, Boxing Champs, California Fire Costs, New Trees
November 9, 2007