Afghanistan News Overview in Google Earth

As part of a news feature called “Crossroads Afghanistan” CBCNews.Ca has created an excellent Google Earth tour which describes the situation in Afghanistan. The GE tour is narrated by a news commentator and has nice photo overlays to illustrate points, and zooms in to the different areas of the country while describing conditions there. The tour is embedded in their web site using the Google gadget for embedding tours with the GE plugin – watch it here (you may need to scroll down the page a bit). It’s well done and well worth watching (I learned several things I didn’t know about Afghanistan). via tweet by @googleearth

Screenshot of Afghanistan news tour in Google Earth

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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’m struggling with the fade in/out effect used in this Tour for photos (looks like screen overlays). The few tours I’ve seen that use this technique are all embedded in the plug-in so I can’t see the code. Are there are tours or bits of code available to help?

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