Skytruth.org is a web site which promotes environmental awareness and protection with digital mapping technology. They have organized geospatial information on an issue in the Upper Green Valley region of Wyoming which has resulted from the US Bureau of Land Management granting licenses to mine oil and gas in the region. Skytruth then crafted the information in a Google Earth file (5 Mbytes) which illustrates the region, illustrates the migration paths of animals, shows the locations of mining, and even has a time animation (GE 4 required) showing the explosion of new wells planted over the last 10 years. They also posted the collection at the Google Earth Community.
Skytruth also has produced an excellent 10 minute video which succinctly describes the issues and cleverly uses Google Earth to give people a 3D perspective on the lay of the land in the area:
Kudo’s to Skytruth for an excellent use of Google Earth!
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.
Google Earth has been a true eye opener for many to the real effects of land mass changes.