What's New in Google Earth?
Explore Rome in 3D
Rome is an eternal city. With a history spanning over 2,500 years and
regimes from the early kingdom, through the republic, the empire, and later
as the heart of the Catholic faith in the Vatican city, each has made their
mark on the current urban architectural landscape of Rome. Now, with the
release of thousands of new 3D buildings for the city, you can
explore the blending of the ages in layered construction of Rome from
within Google Earth.
Mapping towards crisis relief in the Horn of Africa
In the wake of intense drought, the Horn of Africa is gripped by its worst
famine in more
than 60 years. Up-to-date geospatial information is a critical factor in
assessing the situation. With recent updates from our imagery partner
GeoEye, we now have
high resolution imagery available in Google Earth. Along with
community mapping efforts in Google Map Maker, improved geographical
information is helping to facilitate the emergency response. Visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn more.
Introducing Panoramio Groups
This month we launched Panoramio
Groups, a new feature that lets you create a sub-community within
Panoramio around a topic you’re
passionate about, so you can easily engage with like-minded photographers
and hobbyists. To share your own interests and passions through photos, hop
over to Panoramio and create your own group or join an existing one from
Directory. Visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn more!
Explore new large geographic features
Our planet has some truly amazing geographic features; the Himalayas, the Rub' al Khali desert and the Sierra Nevadas to name just a few. We’ve added
the availability of mountain ranges, deserts, plains and more under the
“Borders and Labels” layer, which you can view by making sure the layer is
checked in the left Layers panel in Google Earth and look for the green
labels. To learn more about this new feature, visit the
Google Lat Long blog.
Street View visits The Iraq Museum
The National Museum of Iraq in
Baghdad hosts a staggering wealth of artifacts from the earliest human
settlements. Now you can explore this museum and its 6,000 year-old
treasures even if you can’t make the trip to Baghdad. When you see an
exhibit you like, take a closer look with 360-degree views of individual
antiquities. Read more on the
Google Lat Long blog or if this has whet your appetite for more, you
can visit other museums with the Google Art Project.
News from Google Earth Outreach
month's News from Google Earth
Outreach, you'll learn about an
exciting project we're doing with the Google Street View team in the
Amazon rainforest. We will use Street View technology to capture views from
the river, forest and communities, bringing the Amazon to your computer.
Next up, read about a
training workshop we did in Ecuador for journalists who report on environmental
issues in the Amazon region. Finally, an innovative tour to
"explore land art" in Google Earth. Please read more.
New and Updated Imagery
This month we added new and updated imagery, including high-resolution
aerial updates for the USA. Many countries also received high-resolution
satellite updates, including Antarctica, Canada, Papua New Guinea,
Turkmenistan, United Kingdom and more. Take a look at these changes and
many more in our update post
here, or view this file directly in Google Earth. Don't
forget you can use the View > Historical Imagery option to see
imagery choices through the 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:
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers on the Google Earth
Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.
- Situated in the world’s third largest ocean.
- In the half of the world where the amount of daylight is increasing.
- The dodo was once endemic to this country.
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