The best of Google Earth for October, 2013

October was another great month for Google Earth.  Here are a few of my favorite stories from the last 30 days:

The month began with 3DConnexion releasing their excellent “SpaceMouse” controller, a solid follow-up to the popular “SpaceNavigator”.


With Google continuing to phase out some aspects of the 3D Warehouse, we looked at our favorite 3D models of all time.

With the U.S. Government shut down, we looked at ways to explore National Parks in Google Earth, as well as ways to view all of the places affected by the shutdown.

For Biblical scholars, we showed you some tools to view geographical context to the items you’re studying.

We looked at the best roller coasters that can be seen in Google Earth.

With the leaves beginning to change color for many of our readers, we looked at some of the science behind that transformation.

We showed you five tools that can help to make Google Earth more useful for you.

We posted a touching follow-up to the story of Saroo Brierly, who used Google Earth to help find the home that he lost decades earlier.


Google released a large batch of fresh imagery on October 21.

We showed you some ways to view the upcoming solar eclipse, using Google Earth to find the best time and location for viewing.

We saw some great new 3D imagery in Salt Lake City, Detroit and a few other areas.

Lastly, we took a look at some great tools from GEB reader “Dj” to help track the Scott Expedition to the south pole.

What was your favorite Google Earth story from October?

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. Dennis Cokor says:

    I bought a new google chrome system and found that it does not run google earth… I like this system but may have to return it… i bought the new system so i can access google earth for my geology classes… Help me!

  2. Love the SpaceMouse, makes my Google Earth experience that much more intuitive.

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