Alphabet Soup – GEC member ‘thomasdebruin’ did some painstaking work identifying an entire alphabet (plus punctuation) in the aerial/satellite photos in the Netherlands. You can download the placemarks in GE here . This is just one of several similar efforts out there. My favorite trick with satellite “alphabets” is GeoGreeting.com which lets you send a message with an aerial/satellite imagery alphabet using Google Maps. Maybe they could do a localized version for the Netherlands now.
3D Models Movie – The Google SketchUp team has put together a nice movie touring many of the better Google Earth 3D models out there. Watch it here (I recommend hitting the “HD” button and going to “fullscreen”:
Fire Tracking – Discovered this collection of Google Earth files showing up-to-date fire information on a global basis based on data from NASA’s Modis satellite system. The work is done by the University of Maryland’s FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management). The link shows a page where you can select different regions around the Earth. You can choose 24 hour, 48 hour, and a time series for 48 hours (a time animation). They also have a network link for the whole world. Very handy way to find out where the fires are. Watch out for the Africa fire files though…there are LOTS of fires there!