Links: Ocean Now, Michigan Earth Day, Goldman Prize, Convention Center, Queen Mary

Sometimes its not possible for me to do full write-ups on every piece of news. So, here’s a round-up of Google Earth-related news, tips, applications, or content.

  • Ocean Now – Google added a layer to the Ocean -> Ocean Expedition layer folder of Google Earth for National Geographic. It’s called Ocean Now and follows an expedition to the southern line islands in the Pacific. They are using Google Earth as a way to view their blog posts and show their position on the map. They’ve been sending explorer Michael Fay ashore to each island they visit and divers to check the status of reefs and the document the sea life. You can follow them at the Ocean Now web site which includes photos and videos of the amazing islands, reefs, sharks, and more.

  • Michigan Earth Day – The University of Michigan is hosting an Earth Day event on science applications of Google Earth. Via LatLong.

  • Goldman Environmental Prize – Google has helped produce a multimedia GE 5 Tour which highlights the works of the winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. One winner from each continent receives $150,000 each. The GE Tour is an excellent way to illustrate the location of the winners and the places they are working to help address environmental concerns. Check it out here directly in GE , or go to the Goldman Prize site to watch it in the GE plugin.

  • Convention Center – Concept3D, an professional 3D modeling business, writes about a project they’ve completed to visualize and market a convention center. They use Google Earth plugin to show the 3D content as seen in this video. The visualization includes interior views of exhibit floors, and symbols which show where WIFI is available in conference rooms.

  • Layer Tips – Google has posted some tips to address some FAQs for problems people have with layers. I’m glad they are doing this because these same problems are asked by GEB readers quite frequently. Especially the NASA Earth Lights one – (I think they should remove that layer or set it up to automatically turn off). What Google really needs to do is to re-design the layers user interface. There’s a wealth of useful information in the layers, but many people are unaware. And, I’ve been hoping for years now they would at least add search to the layers, but they haven’t even done that.

  • Queen Mary – GEB reader Paul van Dither wrote to share an interesting visualization technique. He stacked the floor plans for the Queen Mary cruise ship in 3D so you can view it in Google Earth. It’s a bit tricky to view each floor plan – unless you have a 3D mouse. See it here (5 Mbytes).

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. Layers – Frank you are so right, and your link seems hardly to go to a comprehensive set of tips.
    There could be an improved side bar – GE could have ‘top ten’ tick boxes based on frequency of use, plus the option of a less ‘hidden’ whole page overview, with more of the deeper hierarchy of layers on view, plus links to metadata and tips.

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