Pacific eruption turns two islands into one

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Back in 1973, a volcanic eruption in the western Pacific ocean caused the formation of a new island named Nishino-shima. Four months ago, a nearby eruption caused the formation of a new island named … [Read more...]

Google Maps of recent Ebola and MERS Outbreaks

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We've shown you many of the great stories from George at MyReadingMapped over the past year or so. He creates excellent maps to help explain global issues. His latest is regarding the recent news … [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 building of the Siam-Burma Railway

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Frank McVey recently shared the fascinating story of the Siam-Burma Railway over in the Google Earth Community. The railway was built during World War II, as an effort to help connect the railway … [Read more...]

Viewing the GEBCO Global Ocean Map in Google Earth

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The bathymetry in Google Earth (the topography of the ocean floor) is something that has been gradually improving for years. Not counting the 3D ocean released in 2009, the bathymetry imagery has … [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...]

Amazing extratropical cyclone over the United Kingdom

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The NASA Earth Observatory site is constantly releasing amazing images from space, including items such as this awesome image of Mount Everest, lava flow shapes, Laguna Verde, and many others. Their … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth to display bar charts from FileMaker

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John Wallrodt at Paperless Archaeology recently shared an interesting story about taking a FileMaker Pro database and working with it to talk directly to Google Earth. The results are impressive and … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth to predict light conditions

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Google Earth can be a great tool to help plan outdoor photography sessions, but Ben Wilmore takes it a step further and uses some of the tools in Google earth to plan outdoor photography based on the … [Read more...]