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May 2011
What's New in Google Earth?

Android available on tablets

Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets
On May 5th, we introduced the latest member of the Google Earth family, Google 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!

National Geographic Bee

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 national park?" Do you know?

Post flooding imagery of Mississippi

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 this kml.

Geo teachers institute

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.

Mapping South Sudan

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

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 make their 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

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 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?

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:

  • 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 awake.
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers on the Google Earth Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.

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