Non-Profit Resources – Google has posted links to a number of geo-resources for non-profits (or anyone) to help create cool Google Earth content (or with other geo-tools). Google also highlights some content developed by MapAction on Humanitarian mapping tips.
Featured Modelers – The Official Google SketchUp blog has started a series of featured 3D modelers. The first lucky modeler is ‘IntoTheWest” who has created a ton of buildings for the city of Calgary.
Poet Recognized – The poet well-known (at least in Latin America) poet Raúl Zurita created a huge 3km tall “poem” in the desert of Chile (so tall its quite clear in Google Earth). He recently helped open the new UCLA Center for Argentina, Chile and the Southern Cone. Zurita also received the 2000 Chile’s National Prize for Literature for his works.
3D/4D Quake Analysis – Received an E-mail from Luca Postpischl, of Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia, about his work visualizing data from the recent Abruzzo Earthquake in Italy. He has created a KML file with lots of interesting data about the earthquake. Of particular note is a time animation showing a 3D presentation of the earthquake seismic events. (NOTE: you have to spread open the time slider handles to see the data properly and move your view to a higher point to see the data projected miles above the surface). This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a 3D presentation of seismic data though. A similar 3D representation was done by Duncan Agnew of Scripps Institution of Oceanography – seen here.