Links: Another Deer, KML Power Tools, Ride the Lobster, Optimize 3D, Altered Oceans

  • Another Deer – Another deer has had a tracker attached on a collar, and you can track its position in Google Earth. They have named this deer Solomon and you can watch its track here in Google Earth , or in Google Maps. This is part of a research project to study how deer live near suburban areas. The transmitter and battery are more industrial than was realized when I first reported on this back in March. The battery in that one lasted over a month. This one has already been tracking for two weeks I think.

  • KML Power Tools – Valery Hronusov dropped me a note to let me know about a post describing their newest release of KML2KML Version 2.1. Valery has done a lot of work with KML in the past 3 years. This application could take a lot of work out of complex KML tasks for doing sophisticated KML jobs like regioning, splitting large kml files, assembling complex nested network links, importing data, creating maps image tiles, and getting terrain from GE. Price is US$ 50.

  • Ride the Lobster – Kyle DeMilner wrote me to let me know about a unicycle race which just started this morning. You can track them on Google Maps (and presumably Google Earth). Yes, I said a unicycle race! The race is called Ride The Lobster and is a relay race in Nova Scotia, Canada and involves about 100 riders and 35 teams. You can check their progress in Google Maps here – I’m still trying to find the Google Earth network link.

  • Optimize 3D – Looking over notes from the 3D Basecamp at Google last week, I saw a useful link to a Google video tutorial on how to optimize 3D models for Google Earth. This one is definitely worth looking at if you like building 3D models and having them selected for the 3D Buildings layer.

  • Altered Oceans – About 1.5 years ago GEB mentioned some placemarks developed by GEC member ‘Hill’ which showed some of the locations in a series of interesting articles posted by the LA Times called Altered Oceans. This very interesting series did an excellent job of raising awareness about some of the challenges facing Earth’s oceans. I didn’t realize until recently that the series had received a Pulitzer Prize last year. I recommend you read the story, and read Hill’s posts with a couple of placemark collections for reference.

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. Love the animal tracking “applications” but I’m still hoping some industrious soul out there is planning to do some real-time tracks for the upcoming RAGBRAI cycling event in Iowa.

  2. I’m blogging about a similar topic and found this to be really interesting. It would be really awesome if they attached a live satellite web cam to see what the deer is doing. Just a thought, but nevertheless this is cool study, thanks for sharing it.

  3. Does anyone know if there are any similar animal tracking projects being carried out in the UK?

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