Links: August Sightseer, Google Earth Explorer, California Fires, European Map Maker

  • August Sightseer – The latest issue of the Google Earth Sightseer newsletter is out. You can have Sightseer delivered by E-mail by subscribing here.

  • Become a GE Explorer – The Sightseer announced a new Google Earth Explorer program to teach tips and tricks on using GE. You play a game which is designed to help you learn more about what Google Earth can do. If you successfully make it to the end of the program, you can call yourself a “Google Earth Explorer”. I completed the game, and it does a good job of teaching many interesting features of GE. But, I think Google should offer some kind of prize at the end – right now it just says “Congratulations” for becoming a Google Earth Explorer.

  • California Wildfires – The annual wave of California fires has begun. Once again, you can find Google Maps to help see the location and status of fires. These maps have helped save lives, helped people with evacuations, aided firefighters and other emergency workers, and helped keep people informed.

  • European Map Maker – Google’s Map Maker program has been extended to more European countries. Map Maker enables you to make modifications to Google’s maps by using software to allow you to make edits or contribute data. Map Maker is now available in 170 countries. Once the data is verified, it eventually makes its way into Google Earth and Google Maps.

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. It would be nice if they perhaps offered a discount or a year license to Google Earth Pro if you become a Google Earth Explorer. I really wish Google would drop the annual subscription plan for GE Pro.

  2. John Wilkes says:

    On the SketchUp models video you can turn on Captions and read the location and author.
    I initially thought the same as you when you wrote
    It would be nice if the video actually labeled each location, and if you included´╗┐ a link to a “Tour”, placemarks for each location, and/or links to the 3D Warehouse versions.

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