Mini-News Roundup

This is a summary of some stories and updates from the weekend:

  • Iran Nuclear Sites on Google Earth – Stefan at OgleEarth found some new satellite photos with analysis of the sites where Iran is developing enriched uranium. He overlays the satellite photos in Google Earth so you can see how fast the sites are developing, where the underground processing facilities were built, tunnel entrances, etc. Stefan also points out some possible military strategy for dealing with the sites. See the image overlays here and use the transparency slider to compare to Google Earth’s data. I recommend you read his blog entry.
  • Avian Flu weekly update – Declan Butler announced his weekly update to his Avian Flu map at his blog and describes some new features. The main new feature is it now starts off showing the changes since the last update. Declan also provides links and commentary to related articles about Avian flu, and some comments on a panel session he shared with Tim O’Reilly on “Web 2.0 in Science”. By the way, the flu is really spreading, a lot of new cases in Germany. Check out the Avian Flu map here.
  • Phone 2 Google Earth – Noel Jenkins describes, at his blog Digital Geography, his experience with the Phone 2 Google Earth application which lets you record your GPS track with a Nokia Series 60 phone directly to a Google Earth KML file. Noel shows an example of using the application. You can read more on the application here at Real Track.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Jonathan B. says:

    Phone2GEarth is exciting. I wonder how many more months it will be until Google releases real-time GPS feeds into GE. They bought that GPS OEM last year didn’t they… was it Android out of Boston or something?…
    Like a lot of GPS developers, they’re probably somewhat reluctant to develop under current NMEA GPS standards – an industry that will be very much shaken next year when the European Union releases their own sub-foot horizontal/vertical system which can permeate man-made structures.
    Think about typing in the cell number into GE and seeing what floor of what building the owner is in (security standards to follow), or on which street at what speed. Now we’re talking about custom avatars associated with each GPS, and a rush to depict everything in 3-D.
    Any news or rumors on texture mapping Frank?… Anybody?

  2. Jonathan. Using network links it is already possible to tie your GPS into Google Earth with once-per-second update rates. Many people at the Google Earth Community have published free programs for supporting this (see the Dynamic Data Layers Forum). Also, see the example of the Bus Tracking here:

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