What's New in Google Earth?
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets
On May 5th, we introduced the latest member of the Google Earth family,
Earth for Android tablets. With a large display and interactive touch
screen, a tablet is a great new way to explore the world
and share the experience with your friends. And now, for the first time on
any mobile device, we have 3D buildings. Explore all the same 3D models you
have enjoyed on your desktop computer with your Android tablet.
Learn more here by visiting the Lat Long blog!
2011 National Geographic Bee Champion
National Geographic and Google share the same passion for inspiring and
encouraging our future generation of leaders. On May 25th, the top 10
geographic student masters met in Washington D.C. to compete in the
National Geographic Bee.
Congratulations to Tine
Valencic for answering the championship question; Thousands of
mountain climbers and trekkers rely on Sherpas to aid their ascent of Mount
Everest. The southern part of Mount Everest is located in which Nepalese
Do you know?
Imagery of the Mississippi Floods
As the floodwaters of the mighty Mississippi roll south to the Gulf, the
Google Crisis Response team
worked with GeoEye, American Red Cross, Army Corps of Engineers, and
others to assemble
a collection of flood data including satellite imagery for impacted
cities along the river. To view this collection of data, open Google Earth
(turn on the Places layer and fly to northwest Mississippi) or download
Sign up for the Geo Teachers Institute
This fall, we will host two Google Geo Teachers Institutes: One in
Washington DC at
National Geographic Headquarters and one at the
University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston,
Maine. Interested? Then
look no further! Even if you can’t make it to this event, we have many
online resources available for Google Earth
and SketchUp and
encourage you to check them out.
Using the power of mapping to support South Sudan
In April, the Google Map Maker team
joined efforts with the World Bank and
UNITAR/UNOSAT to create a map of what is
expected to become the world’s newest country later this year: the Republic
of South Sudan. Although this region is large in size, it's under-mapped.
By combining local knowledge with
mapping technology, this is the first geographical step to support the
physical development for South Sudan.
News from Google Earth Outreach
This month, learn how all nature lovers can take part in a project to help
the Save the
Redwoods League in a project to geographically organize and monitor the
distribution of redwood trees by combining maps and mobile technology.
Also, find out how Google Places is helping non-profit organizations to
mark on the map. Lastly, we'd like to know about non-profits using
Google My Maps to show their office or project locations. 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 Algeria, China, France, India, Spain, United
Arab Emirates and more. Take a look at these changes and many more in our
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.
- This location is surrounded by water.
- If you've ever used GPS, then this location played an important part.
- All pilots wishing to land at this location should ensure they're wide
Useful places for more Google Earth information: