Using the Google Earth Overlay tool

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A few months ago we took a look at some of Eric Stitt's work on genealogy on his blog, and he continues to produce very useful tips. His latest post goes into detail about Overlays, which can be … [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...]

Did Google Earth help save a woman on a deserted island?

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It's an amazing story -- a woman is trapped on a deserted island for years, until a kid in Minnesota notices her "SOS" on the beach and she is later saved. It's amazing, but it's also completely … [Read more...]

Amphitheatres around the world

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We enjoy the work of the folks over at Google Sightseeing, as they post some excellent stories. We've shown you things such as fake buildings, roller coasters, hockey and many other interesting posts … [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...]

Designing carpets based on Google Earth imagery

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We've seen Google Earth imagery used to create artwork in the form of items such as "Every Basketball Court in Manhattan" and Bill Guffey's Street View-based art, but today's story from the … [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...]

Mapping Flight MH370 in Google Earth

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As the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues to baffle those searching for it, tools such as this crowdsourced effort to scour satellite imagery are helping in the effort. Along … [Read more...]