Iditarod 2008 Dog Sled Race Live in Google Earth

The Iditarod 2008 Dog Sled Race in Google EarthEarthSLOT, whose mission is “to advance earth science and earth science education through the use of on-line 3D terrain visualization and GIS tools”, has once again published a Google Earth file about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race which is an 1150 mile dog sled race through the middle of Alaska. The race just started a few days ago, and the EarthSLOT Iditarod file shows the route of the race, and the live GPS position of the teams, along with the satellite photos and 3D terrain in Google Earth.
Matt Nolan, who runs EarthSLOT, has also included in the Iditarod file a link to the International Polar Year network link which contain all kinds of information about the Arctic and Antarctic and the science missions studying our polar regions. Matt is a scientist who studies Glaciers and other polar environmental features and worked with the IPY to develop the Google Earth content.

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. Fantastic track points, it would be great to see a sub layer with historical points of the original route.
    Authorities established a relay system of sled dog teams to transport the serum from Fairbanks to Nome. For six days drivers and dogs struggled against high winds and -30deg. to -50deg.F temperatures. With driver Gunnar Kassan nearly frozen and blind from the weather, it was the lead dog, Balto, who brought the serum safely into Nome on Feb.2, 1925. (text from:
    photo of Balto & Kassan:

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