Using Google Earth on Earth Day

Earth Day in Google EarthThis Sunday is Earth Day, a time to sit back and think about our wonderful planet, and some of us will be out picking up some trash, or just enjoying nature.
For those of you stuck inside due to weather, work, or other reasons – perhaps you might want to spend the day exploring our wonderful planet through the power of Google Earth. Here are a few links of stories from Google Earth Blog (GEB) in the past year describing environmental related content available for viewing in Google Earth:
Saving the tigers of Sumatra — Saving the Indonesian Tiger.
The Living Oceans Society — An interactive map focusing on oil risks to Canada’s Pacific coast.
Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund — The areas around the world that Disney is helping to protect via their fund.
The Tallest Mountain to the Deepest Ocean Trench — A journey from Mount Everest to the Mariana Trench
Mapping the world’s sea turtles — A massive database of sea turtle nesting sites around the globe.
The Japanese Tsunami created some massive icebergs — Imagery showing icebergs created in Antarctica as a result of the Japanese tsunami.
Tracking Bluefin Tuna across the Pacific — Interesting ways to view their migration patterns.
Sea Ice Extent Animation updated for 2011 — An update to the annual sea ice extent animation from the NSIDC.
Increasingly high-resolution imagery in Antarctica — The quality of imagery in Antarctica continues to improve.
Tracking wave-powered robotic gliders across the Pacific — Small wave gliders that can track ocean data without requiring a ship to collect them.
Track Sea Turtle migrations — Tracking Jklynn, a female Hawksbill sea turtle.
100 years since the Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica — Exploring the 1912 expeditions to Antarctica.
The tales of the Arctic Tern and the Sea Grapes — Tracking the annual migration of Arctic Tern.
Using maps to help protect coral reefs — View coral reef threat levels around the globe.
Google Street View now covers the Amazon — View Street View-type imagery in the Amazon.
The Perpetual Ocean — A neat way to view ocean surface currents.
For more, you can check out our posts from 2011, 2010 or 2009 and read stories that go back even further.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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