Removing landmines with the help of Google Earth

The HALO Trust was formed in 1998 to help clear landmines from war-torn countries. The scope of this project is unbelievable — they’ve already cleared over 13 million landmines from over 414,000 acres of land!
They first visited the Google Earth Outreach team a few years ago, and have continued to make extensive use of Google Earth to aid in their mine-clearing efforts. They’ve even received a grant from Google Earth Outreach to help create their Explore a Minefield project.


They use Google Earth’s historical imagery feature to show how these countries are rebuilding after the mine removal. You can see that in action by loading this tour in Google Earth or watching the video below:

To learn more about this project, you can read about it on the Google Lat Long Blog or visit

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Jean-Esdrace Charles says:

    This is a very informative documentary!

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