We’ve told you about Google Earth Portable before, a small server with pre-loaded Google Earth data on it that allows Google Earth access in remote areas.
While it’s often used in disaster situations, it can also be used for conducting research in areas that are far from internet connectivity. A great example of that is a project that Google and NASA conducted at Kelly Lake in British Columbia.
Discovery Channel has a great video that features Googler Sean Maday (who has shown us some cool Google Earth Plug-in tools in the past). The video isn’t embeddable, but you can watch it here on the Discovery Channel site.