I’ve previously written about the book called “Earth From Above” by famed French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I shared the story of a GEC member named ‘rednick’ who posted thumbnails of the photos (with permission from the photographer) and asked people to help find the locations of the photos in Google Earth. I liked the collection, and the photos, so much I went to look at the bookstore. The photos in the book (large coffee table-sized book) immediately captivated me, and I bought it on the spot.
Well, it turns out Yann actually hired ‘rednick’ to create a refined version of the KML collection, and Google has now included this new layer in the Google Earth Global Awareness layer folder. Open up the Global Awareness layer folder and look for “Earth from Above with Goodplanet”. Google also has a new web page about the Earth From Above layer. From Google:
Almost 500 photographs by French photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand have been unveiled in Google Earth today. The photographs are presented as a layer in Google Earth with striking facts and figures about the state of the globe today. Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his non-profit organization GoodPlanet.org aim to promote environmental sustainability by highlighting the beauty of the planet and the issues it faces through his photography. The layer, which is called “Earth from Above,” will be regularly updated with new photographs plus facts and figures by GoodPlanet.org,
using data from various agencies around the world.
[UPDATE: I discovered after I wrote this post that this layer was actually translated in 14 languages. The content of the layer automatically is in the language according to the setting of your GE browser. Also, when you visit the web page at the Google Earth site it is also translated (e.g. spanish). Very thorough job of preparing content for the world!]