Archives for April 2015


The best of Google Earth for April 2015

Probably the biggest news in April was the release of a new minor version of Google Earth, the first in nearly two years. It is a minor bug fix release, but it does indicate renewed interest by Google … [Read more...]

Different Zoom – Different Imagery

In March we looked at how Google Earth hides 3D imagery when it is far away. Today we are looking at cases where there are two distinct sets of imagery depending on the distance you are viewing it … [Read more...]

Bringing Google Earth to VR

It was recently announced that Michael Jones, one of the original founders of Google Earth, has left Google and is now CEO of a cool new VR glasses maker called Wearality. These glasses are unlike … [Read more...]

Oceans on Mars

We were recently reading this story from NASA that says Mars used to have large oceans. It includes a tantalizing picture reminiscent of Google Earth. So we decided to see if we could simulate oceans … [Read more...]

New Version of Google Earth 7.1.4.1529

Google has pushed out a new minor update to the desktop version of Google Earth. The new version is 7.1.4.1529 dated March 30th, 2015. Thank you to GEB reader AC for letting us know first (we have had … [Read more...]

News roundup: Nessie, New Islands and Finding your Way Home

Loch Ness gets Street View As part of the Catlin Seaview Survey Google have captured Street View from a boat that travelled the length of Loch Ness in Scotland and even stopped and took some photos … [Read more...]

Explore Google Earth on Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day which we traditionally celebrate by looking back at some of the environment related stories of the past year. We looked at Google Earth Outreach and how they are helping a … [Read more...]

Google Earth Elevation Profiles

An often overlooked feature of Google Earth, elevation profiles were first introduced in version 5.2. The feature is easy to use, all you need is a path selected in your 'My Places' then go to the … [Read more...]

Historical Imagery and the Ocean Floor

An interesting aspect of the 'historical imagery' feature in Google Earth is that when you turn it on Google Earth displays a different dataset for the ocean floor. Based on the copyright information, … [Read more...]

Chrome now making it harder to use the Google Earth plugin

[Update: As of Chrome version 45, released circa 1st September, 2015, Chrome no longer supports NPAPI at all. ] In June last year the Google Chrome team announced that they would be ending support … [Read more...]