The Powers of Ten, centered on your house

We’ve discussed the groundbreaking “Powers of Ten” video on GEB a few times (the last being in December), as Google Earth is amazing platform to explore some of the concepts in the film.  If you’ve not yet seen it, you can view the video here:

A while back, Rich Treves at Google Earth Design posted a KMZ file that allowed you to explore the video in Google Earth.  He’s now taken it a step further and (with the help of his friend Michael) created a script that allows you to enter a location and have the blue squares generated with your location in the center.  Here’s what mine looks like:


You can read about this new script on his blog, or visit this page to have your custom file created.  He’s hoping to add a tour feature to it in the future, but for now you can zoom in and out manually to see the various squares.

Great work, Rich!

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. László Nagy says:

    OMG, something’s wrong with this calculation: 10mx10m= 100quaremeter, NOT 10 qm ;-)))

  2. xremoh says:


    that’s not a 1000km2 square, but a million 😉

  3. LOL. That was quite a mistake!

    Apparently when I changed the formatting of the square label from the squares dimensions to their area I failed to actually update the value displayed to the square of the length.

    Thanks for pointing it out.

    I’ve updated the version that’s hosted on my blog and I’ve passed on the info for Richard to update his as well.

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