Last year, when the Google Earth Outreach program was announced, I predicted there would be a wave of new content once Google began working closely with all the non-profit organizations to develop Google Earth content. Well, during the last week, we have definitely see the first wave of new content. There are another two new layers added to the Global Awareness layer folder (read about the new process when layers are added):
ARKive – ARKive is a “unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world’s species.” Clever name! They have chosen to share a subset of their collection in Google Earth focused on endangered species. You can find the layer under the Global Awareness folder at: ARKive: Endangered Species. Each placemark contains a photo of the species, description of the species, and what is threatinging them. There are also links to the ARKive site for images and movies of the species.
WaterAid – WaterAid is an international charity whose mission is “to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.” This layer shows water drop placemarks in places where the organization is working to help with these water problems. Each placemark has a photo, description of the project, and link back to the main site for more details. This layer can be found under the Global Awareness layer folder under WaterAid
Stefan Geens at OgleEarth points out that the Tracks4Africa layer, which shows GPS tracks and points of interest for areas not well mapped in Africa, has been substantially updated and now also includes photos from people contributing. This layer can be found under the Gallery layer folder under Tracks4Africa.
[UPDATE 1310 ET: Richard Treves blogs that he attended the Outreach event at the Google London offices where these new layers were announced.]
Other layers introduced in the last week: