North Korea – The news about another atomic test in North Korea has prompted some to use Google Earth to help analyze and provide maps on where the testing occurred. See an excellent summary of the recent test and Google Earth maps by Stefan Geens at OgleEarth. Another KML file for Google Earth made big news last week. This one posted by Curtis Melvin is called “North Korea Uncovered ” on the Google Earth Community and was featured in a Wall Street Journal article. The file has been downloaded over 45,000 times – and contains a vast amount of placemarks resulting from painstaking analysis of satellite imagery and other information to understand North Korea’s infrastructure. I recommend reading the WSJ article to understand the background on what has been accomplished.
Network Links Explained – Matt Fox at the Google Earth Library site has written this nice explanation of how Google Earth network links work. This serves as a nice compliment to the more basic overview of GE Network Links written in 2007 here on the GEB. For other basic information about Google Earth – read the “Basics” page here at GEB.
National Geographic – Last week I visited the headquarters of the National Geographic Society. National Geographic has long been one of my favorite publishers – and possibly one of the main reasons why I love geography and Google Earth so much. While there, I spoke to Ford Cochran who writes National Gegraphic’s “BlogWILD”. Ford wrote about one of the Google Earth files I thought he would be interested in seeing: the collection of placemarks which categorizes animals found in the National Geographic Megaflyover images found in Google Earth. Definitely worth checking out… a lot of people don’t realize you can see so many animals in the Google Earth aerial imagery.