Improved International Polar Year Content for Google Earth

International Polar Year (IPY) in Google EarthStefan Geens of OgleEarth has been working with the folks at the International Polar Year organization to help them organize Google Earth content to enable scientists to share the results of their research on the conditions at both the North and South polar regions. The result is a network link which provides you with not only an overview of the IPY and its history, but also links to many of this IPY’s projects. He has also provided links to many other polar-related GE content sources. You can read more about what Stefan has done in his post, or visit the IPY site for further details. Also, see my post about the start of the IPY.

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. I have a GE question you may have been asked before:
    I’m trying to compile a high res image of an area in northern Chile. Ostensibly, GE is easiest and cheapest way to do this. This requires zooming in, taking a screen shot, moving the image over to the next appropriate area, and take another picture, repeat. The problem I’m finding is that the images don’t line up when I’m trying to stitch them together. Sometimes, it’s fairly horribly off, while other times it’s just slightly off.
    Here’s the problem. If you zoom in and find an object that is a straight line (North-south), it doesn’t stay straight N-S when scrolling east and west. As I scroll across the screen, the N-S oriented object begins to tilt slightly in one direction (NW-SE) when it’s on one side of the screen, and tilts slightly the other direction (NE-SW) when it’s on the other side of the screen.
    Is there a way to correct for this, or can you turn some function OFF in GE which will disable this problem?
    Thanks a lot,
    Barry Walker
    Oregon State University

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