The hidden farms of Chicago

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NPR's The Salt recently took a look at Chicago and the many "hidden farms" that can be found on rooftops around the city. Researcher John Taylor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign … [Read more...]

Overlays of affected areas from Oso landslide

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Last week we showed you some imagery from the landslide in Oso, Washington and this week we're back with a few overlays from James Baker that help explain things a bit more. James has created two … [Read more...]

The landslide near Oso, Washington

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Last weekend, rainfall triggered a massive landslide near Oso, Washington that killed at least 24 people. There have been many news reports about the event, but I believe NASA is the first to provide … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth to prove a case of illegal waste dumping

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For a few years now, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice had suspected that Louisville Gas & Electric had been illegally dumping chemicals into the Ohio river. They've been capturing ground-level … [Read more...]

Giving a “pulse” to the Colorado River

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In the past 100 years, the Colorado River delta has gone from a very green area to quite brown and dead, thanks to huge demand on the water by the United States and Mexico. However, a plan is in … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth to predict sea level rise

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A new study released recently by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Innsbruck includes some impactful visualizations of what sea level rise could mean to various … [Read more...]

Explore the Colorado River in Google Earth

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Over the years Google has taken Street View to some interesting places, including locations such as Venice and under the surface of the ocean. They've now added a trip down the Colorado River, and it … [Read more...]

28 years makes a river look like a snake

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Google's "Earth Engine", which we first told you about back in 2010, can allow for some pretty amazing visualizations. One of the neatest that I've seen is this simple visualization of the path of … [Read more...]

The Topography of Plate Tectonics in Google Earth

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It's somewhat surprising to me that after all the years that Google Earth Blog has been around, we've never seen a file that focuses on the plate tectonics of earth. We've discussed various … [Read more...]

Adopt a shark and track it in Google Earth

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David Shiffman at Southern Fried Science has come up with a very innovative way to attract donations to shark feeding ecology project. If you make a donation of over $3,000, you will be able to name … [Read more...]