Links: KML Research Winners, Tour Tutorial, Tour for Mountains, Mining Tour

  • KML Research Winners – Google announced the winners of their contest for the best cases of using KML for Research. Each winner will receive a prize pack including an iPod Touch, Garmin GPS, and Google swag. All entries will appear in the Google Earth Gallery. Bjorn Sandvik, who has appeared in GEB several times, was one of the winners and has shared his winning entry.

  • Narrated Tour Tutorial – The Google Earth Outreach team has created a nice tutorial on how to create a narrated tour using the new Google Earth Record Tour feature. via the March Sightseer.

  • Tour for Mountains – Appalachian Voices – the non-profit which is trying to raise awareness of the awful coal mining technique which simply blows the tops off mountains – has produced this excellent narrated GE 5 tour which very effectively makes their points.

  • Mining Tour – A long-time GEB reader, and geologist, Jiro Shirota wrote to tell me about his latest GE project to share data. This time he has created a visualization tool for mining claims data in Canada. What I like about this tool is that it has: 1) a custom search query tool using a placemark bubble; 2) you can see polygons for mining claim properties and when you put your mouse over them it tells you who has the claim; and 3) he has included a GE 5 tour to show off the data.

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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