What's New in Google Earth?
The 2012 Google Model Your Town Competition
Following the success of last year’s
Google Model Your Town competition, we're launching a new challenge for 2012. Model
Your Town is about geo-modeling – making photo-textured models of real-life
buildings that appear in Google Earth. The competition is a chance to
celebrate your town by adding it to the 3D map and to win $25,000 for a
local school or district. Visit the
Google Lat Long Blog for more information on the contest and submit
your entry before the deadline!
Connecting mapping enthusiasts
Recently, we hosted several members of the Google Earth Community, educators, bloggers
and Help Forum Top Contributors in Rome, Italy for a user summit, providing
an opportunity for passionate Google Earth users to meet in person and
discuss ideas. Creating an environment in which people from all around the
world can share their knowledge and experiences on a map is essential and
we'd love for you to learn more about this
community of cartographers.
Take a walk in the park with Street View
Over the past year, the Street View team, equipped with the
Street View trike, traveled to twenty-two different countries to
photograph some of the world’s most beautiful and unique parks. Recently,
launched these new panoramas and you can now explore a couple hundred
new special collections in Google Earth and Google Maps. A visit to our
gallery will reveal some of our favorite examples. Taking a walk along
High Line, which sits 30 feet in the air over the bustling streets of
New York City, or catching glimpses of Buckingham Palace from St. James's Park is now easier than ever!
Tours and mapping tools for veterans
countries, November is the month where members of the military, past
and present, are remembered. In honor of Veterans Day in the US, Google
launched the Google
Veterans and Families initiative. As part of this program, we are
introducing new tools that enable veterans to
tell their military story, including a new Tour Builder powered by
Google Earth. To showcase how Google Earth can be used to create a 3D
virtual tour of service history, we created several demo tours to preview.
up to be notified when the Tour Builder is available more broadly.
New and Updated Imagery
This month, our imagery team added
hundreds of new images to Google
Earth and Google Maps, including
high-resolution aerial updates for the US and high-resolution satellite
updates for Angola, China, Greenland, Libya, Spain and more. Explore
updated imagery from Seattle, WA or fly around Silicon Valley itself as
part of an update to the San Francisco Bay area by opening
this KML file directly in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the
View > Historical Imagery feature to scroll through past imagery
through a time slider.
Where in the World?
Somewhere in Google Earth is this interesting feature. Can you find it? Be
sure to click the image above for a larger view of this location. When you
think you've found it, post your answer here. Here are a few clues to lead you to the location:
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- The day with the least amount of daylight is approaching in this
- Mount Teide is the highest point in this country.
- This archipelago's name likely originates from a Latin phrase meaning
Island of the Dogs.
Useful places for more Google Earth information: