The best of Google Earth for November 2016

The biggest Google Earth news this month was the release of new global mosaics of Landsat/Sentinel 2 data from 1985 to date, and the release of Google Earth VR edition.


The growth of Lusaka, Zambia, over 30 years (1985-2016) using the new Google Earth global mosaics.

The land art of Dario Gambarin We had a look at the artwork of Italian artist Dario Gambarin in the fields near the Italian town of Castagnaro.
Tesla powers an islandWe had a look at the island of Ta’u that has recently installed a solar system from Tesla, including solar panels and large batteries. We also had a look at a number of other islands using renewable energy.
The story of Saroo Brierley now featured in Google EarthGoogle released Edition 3 of the Voyager layers featuring the story of Saroo Brierley, who found his way home with the help of Google Earth. We have received number of complaints from GEB readers that it is not obvious how to get rid of the popup that is enabled by default. The solution is to deselect the Voyager layer.
3D Buildings in Flight Simulator in Google Earth ProWe had a look at how to enable 3D buildings in the flight simulator in Google Earth Pro, where, unlike the standard version, the 3D buildings are turned off by default.
The Kaikoura Earthquake LandslidesWe used Sentinel 2 imagery to have a look at the large number of landslides near Kaikoura, New Zealand following a large earthquake in the region.
A Google Earth Photo toolWe had a look at a tool created by GEB reader Michael Lee for putting photos in Google Earth. It differs from a similar tool we created in that ours creates photo overlays, whereas Micheal’s creates icons with the image in the popup.
The Dolores, Uruguay TornadoWe had a look at Dolores, Uruguay and the damage caused by a tornado that struck it in April 2016.
Lightning strikes map in Google EarthWe had a look at several lightning strikes maps available for Google Earth.
Various new sights in Google Earth imageryWe had a look at various sights in Google Earth imagery, including an explosion at the Puma Energy plant in Nicaragua, the North Korean floods of August, 2016, a folk village that has been removed in North Korea, and the June 2016 Gay Pride Parade in New York.
Street View comes to Albania and MontenegroThe countries of Albania and Montenegro got Street View.
Google Map Maker merging with Google MapsGoogle announced that it is merging Google Map Maker into Google Maps. We have noticed recently that they have stopped showing postcode boundaries in Google Maps. We don’t know if this is related to the change.

Animating in Google Earth Part 2 – Importing ModelsWe started a series on animating in Google Earth. So far we have covered:
The pros and cons of different types of animation
How to import models
The time toolbar
Stay tuned for more posts in the series.

Tornado tracks in Google Earth imageryWe had a look at tornado tracks that we have been able to identify in Google Earth imagery.
More Italian earthquakes and the Google Earth earthquake layer not updatingWe had a look at the Google Earth built-in ‘Earthquakes’ layer and noted that it is not updating. We recommend using the USGS provided KML files instead.
Residents of Mars part 2We had a look at some residents of Mars as part of a series we started in October.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.