Links: Science Uses, Compass, GM vs VE, Healthy Planet, and more

  • Science Uses – Google Earth has been embraced by scientists in the fields of Paleotology and Archeology before. But, now – according to – scientists have actually endorsed using GE for science in an academic, peer reviewed journal. Their paper appears in the Journal of Human Evolution in an article entitled: “Google Earth, GIS, and the Great Divide: A new and simple method for sharing paleontological data.

  • Compass – Barry Hunter has created a cool screen overlay to help you get a more accurate compass reading in GE 4.3.

  • GM vs VE – Sean Gorman of Fortius One has posted an interesting comparison of KML support between Google Maps and Virtual Earth. The end result? Both have some shortcomings.

  • Healthy Planet – Dr. Mark Mulligan, of Kings College in London (who has developed some great Google Earth content) has now formed a new environmental web site called: will help make people aware of areas of the Earth needing environmental attention, and will enable people to volunteer help by becoming “Land Guardians” for a plot of land. Places needing attention will appear in maps using Google Maps or Google Earth. People visiting the site can become “armchair volunteers” by donating money. Donor can also get involved by helping map the areas using tool Dr. Mulligan has developed. Read more about the announcement.

  • GPS Map Tool – Leszek has announced a really cool software tool which lets you upload maps or aerial photos to a Garmin handheld as fully viewable charts. They act just like your built-in charts. He’s calling it Moagu (Mother of all GPS utilities). Sounds like a fun application, and I plan to give it a try.

  • Mineral Resources – Valery Hronusov has been gathering and publishing another huge dataset. This time he is making available placemarks on mineral resources all over the world. You can see the many different KML files on mineral resources for different regions at his GISPlanet blog.

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.

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