Top 25 Stories from Google Earth Blog for 2006

As the year closes, here is a look back at some of my favorite stories from Google Earth Blog (out of nearly 600 blog entries) from 2006. Some of these stories were pivotal points in the development of Google Earth, others were significant illustrations of some important event or place, and still others were just fun things someone found or did in Google Earth. Even if you are a regular, you may find looking at some of these a refreshing look at significant points in the history of Google Earth of 2006.
The list is in approximate chronological order:

  1. French Watercolors
  2. Google Releases Very High Resolution Imagery for Las Vegas
  3. Google makes Sketchup Free!
  4. Helicopter Shortly Before Crash
  5. USGS Releases Awesome 1906 Earthquake Documentary
  6. Ski Snowbird
  7. Tour de France 2006
  8. Huge Aerial Database Update for Google Earth on June 9th!
  9. KC-135 Caught Refueling C-5 Galaxy in Mid-Air in Google Earth!
  10. Huge Scale Model of Disputed Border Region of China
  11. Earth From Above
  12. Moon Trees
  13. Firefox Crop Circle
  14. Educational Uses with Google Earth
  15. Categorized African Animals in High Resolution
  16. Visible Shipwrecks Around Google Earth
  17. Google Earth 4 Time Feature Released
  18. Capsized Cruise Ship
  19. Wikimapia Does Google Earth!
  20. Same Day Aerial Photo
  21. Amazon Indians Using GPS and GE to Protect Rain Forests
  22. Blue Marble Time Animation
  23. End Mountain Top Removal Campaign
  24. YouTube Demo of SpaceNavigator
  25. Blue Marble Add-on Version 2.0

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. Those 25 were memorable. In number 26 I would put that little program that that japanese programmer did that allowed us to drive a car anywhere in the world in the “Google Announces a Programmable Interface to Google Earth” October story, that was one of the most fun applications made for Google Earth jeje 🙂

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