Links: Santa Tracker Popular, Volvo Ocean Race, Lost World Discovered, Cold War KML

  • Santa Tracker Popular – The Google/NORAD Santa Tracker was yet again a huge hit. On Christmas Eve, GEB had about 50 thousand visitors searching for Santa and overall about 4X the normal amount of traffic. We had the tracker running for a few hours where I was visiting 4 of my younger nephews. I had a great time showing different types of GE content to them. But, the boys enjoyed playing with the Google Earth flight simulator the most.

  • Volvo Ocean Race – The official site of the Volvo Ocean Race (a round-the-world sailboat race with multi-person crews in 70 mono-hulls capable of 30 knot speeds), has released a Google Earth file that lets you track the boats as they complete their journey. The GE Volvo Race tracker includes placemarks with links to pictures, stories, and videos.

  • Lost World Discovered – In 2005, some scientists looked at aerial photography in Google Earth of a region of Mozambique in Africa which appeared to have undocumented forests. The scientists conducted some expeditions and discovered some pristine primeval forests with previously undiscovered wildlife and vegetation. Read more at the Guardian.

  • Cold War KML – Stefan Geens discovers some really interesting cold war perspective Google Earth content. First there’s a detailed analysis of current Russian air defense installations, and then there’s a file which highlights the current condition of the former Berlin wall locations.

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. I love the volvo oceans sailing race it what got me first into sailing and now I try to go on a sailing holiday each year if possible.

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