Links: Walking, Havana, Eclipse, Oil, Follow the Boat

  • Walking Directions in Google Earth – Google has announced you can get walking directions in Google Maps. This new capability is in beta since they don’t have thorough enough maps on pedestrian paths and walkways to give the most optimum routes. They encourage you to use common sense especially when going to unfamiliar places. But, the routes might help you calculate distances, or get an idea of routes in unfamiliar places. You could also drag the routes to adjust them to go by a park or a particular site. You can also view walking routes in Google Earth. Assuming you may choose multiple destinations, I recommend using a tool from Nearby. First, set up your walking directions in Google Maps. Then select the “Link to this page” and copy the “Past link in E-mail”. Then visit Nearby’s Multi-destination routing in KML tool, and paste the link. Click the “Get it now” button and you will get a link to “Download Google Earth KML File“.

  • Havana Panoramas360 Cities has released a hundred high resolution geo-tagged panoramas for Havana, Cuba. You can view Havana at their web site, or you can view all their panoramas in GE – including Havana – using the PhotoOverlay tool. I recommend turning on the Geographic Web layer while sightseeing so you can compare ground photos of these sites to the panoramas from 360Cities.

  • Eclipse – Michael Kosowsky, of HeyWhatsThat wrote to let me know he has created visualizations for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 1st. The path of totality crosses in Asia and the arctic regions (see the earlier post on the path visible in Google Earth). Michael uses his excellent planisphere application to generate a KML which lets you use the time slider to watch the total eclipse as viewed from Siberia. If you live in that part of the world, you can check to see how your view will look using the same animation by generating your own planisphere (enter your location, then choose the “Animation of the August solar eclipse” option and hit Submit. OgleEarth posts the full details we got from Michael.

  • Oil – Another oil consumption visualization from ‘giasen’ at the GEC. This one shows oil consumption per state in the US where the height is the number of barrels of oil consumed per square mile (100 meters for each barrel).

  • Follow the BoatEarthNC is showing off some their excellent navigation and mapping tools for boaters by following one of their customers as they deliver a boat from Chicago to Florida via the Mississippi river. The customer is Captain Bill Foster, and he is using a 3G phone to upload position and web cam photos as he goes along. EarthNC is showing a map along with nautical chart information, live position, and web cam photos in a slick KML for Google Earth . Being able to watch a multi-day trip live in Google Earth is pretty cool. Captain Bill will probably stop for the night in places along the way, and he won’t always have good cell phone reception. By the way, yesterday he went through downtown Chicago. Here is a screenshot of the Chicago passage from within Google Earth.

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. Jacque Denise Yap says:

    well oil? it’s one of the problem that we all facing now i mean the oil crisis. . and now that the presidential candidates are setting up their tone because the US presidential election is coming i just recently watch it in and now they are talking about the war in Iraq..

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