New Volcano Layer in Google Earth

A month ago I wrote about an excellent placemark collection on global volcanoes from the Smithsonian Institution. Well, Google thought it was good enough that they have now included this collection as a default layer in Google Earth (this was part of the new layers which were updated on June 11). In your “Layers“, open the “Geographic Features” folder and turn on “Volcanoes“. You will get red volcano placemarks. When you click on the placemark you get excellent descriptions and photos for each volcano. You can also use the pan/tilt option in Google Earth and look at the satellite/aerial photos on top of the 3D mountain terrain (assuming you have the “Terrain” layer turned on).
My friends at have declared today their second annual Volcano Day. They have several interesting places to look.

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. G.R.Satish says:

    its very good

  2. Sharon McKenzie says:

    I just downloaded Google Earth(April 2015) and my Layers folder does not have a “Geographic Features” folder in it. How can I find this?

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