Links: Maps Terrain in GE, GPS Trip Planning, Geo Lessons, and more

  • Maps Terrain in GE – This is cool – a long time ago, someone named ‘BernardMuc’ at the GEC posted a cool network link that lets you overlay Google Maps image tiles into Google Earth. He’s now enabled the ability to add a parameter to overlay the new Terrain layer from Maps into GE! Just add the “&TERR=Y” parameter to the network link to add the feature. Nice!

  • GPS Trip Planning – Previously I’ve written about the application by EarthNC called TakitWithMe. They have now made it even easier to plan a trip in Google Earth and easily import your placemarks and routes into your GPS. Watch a video with all the details.

  • Geo Lessons – In a post by Ed Parsons yesterday, he points us to some handy geography lessons by the UK office of Google for teachers of primary school kids.

  • Nearby Update – Barry Hunter has updated the organization and look for his Nearby web site. He has a great selection of software tools and files for geospatial applications. And one section is devoted to a number of handy KML/Google Earth tools.

  • New StreetviewsGoogleOperatingSystem reports that Google has added several new cities with Streetviews: Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Boston, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Providence.

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. What?! Accessing Google Maps data outside the official API?
    That’s breaking the TOS…

  2. Interesting to see the imagery change with this new round of Street View cities. As guessed from the various PR statements in last 3 months, the Immersive Media copyright is no longer there. So this is being done by Google’s new fleet of vehicles? another contractor?
    Note the increased range of motion in the view and overall improvement in image quality. The navigation moving up and down streets is still too clumsy. Especially now that you can look upward more, it is easy to have the forward arrow disappear at the bottom of the screen and have no UI tool to move. Would be nice to have more button controls? When does all this get integrated into Google Earth?

  3. The Millennium GPS from is a very smart GPS.
    * Geo-fence – define a geographic boundary around your vehicle, which if violated, you will be alerted
    * Maximum Speed Exceeded – Alert is sent when the maximum speed is exceeded for a set period of time. Both speed and time variables are defined by the owner.
    * Vehicle Location Request – Receive current location, speed and heading.
    * Vehicle Location History Request – Access historical location and event history.
    * Top Speed of the Day – The fastest speed of the current day. Fastest speed resets after midnight.
    * Mileage notification – alerts you every 3,000 miles traveled (for oil changes), or any mileage you define)
    * Continuous on/off reporting – (great for fleet managers)
    * Archived history is available on the Millennium Plus GPS website for up to three months.

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