Archives for January 2017


The best of Google Earth for January 2017

The big Google Earth news this month was a relatively minor update to the client. But its release does indicate continued interest by Google in the Google Earth product. After several years of very … [Read more...]

Chinese nuclear submarine in Karachi, Pakistan port

A recent story in the news was about a Chinese nuclear submarine being spotted in Google Earth imagery showing it docked in port at Karachi, Pakistan. The image in question was from May, … [Read more...]

“The Floating Piers” in Google Earth

"The Floating Piers" was an artwork by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on Lake Iseo, Italy, from June 18 to July 3, 2016. It is now visible in Google Earth. The imagery on the left is older and … [Read more...]

Splitting Google Earth Polygons and Paths

We maintain a map of the 3D areas in Google Earth. This is achieved with the help of GEB readers who send in KML outlines of new areas. However, we often receive outlines that are not ideal and need … [Read more...]

Radar layer dropped from Google Earth

Thank you to GEB reader Jonah for letting us know that Google appears to have quietly dropped the 'radar' layer from the weather layers. This is in addition to the "Conditions and Forecast" and "Ocean … [Read more...]

Let Google Earth notify you of KML errors

This post is a tip for people who work with KML a lot and generate KML from sources other than Google Earth. This could be programmers generating KML through code, people manually creating KML files … [Read more...]

Google Earth Easter Egg

The latest version of Google Earth that was released last week contains a nice Easter Egg hidden in the 'about' window. To see this easter egg, open the 'about' window and right click the Google … [Read more...]

New Google Earth Version 7.1.8.3036

Thank you to GEB reader AndrĂ© for letting us know that Google has just updated Google Earth to version 7.1.8.3036. It is a minor bugfix update but does indicate Google's continued dedication to Google … [Read more...]

Google Earth placemarks to Excel

It is often useful to be able to get Google Earth placemarks into Excel (or other spreadsheet application or even a database). One way to do this is to save your placemarks as a .KML file (do not use … [Read more...]

Draco 3D compression library

Google recently open sourced a new 3D compression library called Draco. The new library promises high compression rates for 3D graphics and promises much faster page loads for web pages with 3D … [Read more...]