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March 2010
What's New in Google Earth?

College Basketball Tournament 2010

U.S. College Basketball Tournament 2010
In the U.S., March is synonymous with college basketball and Google has made it easy to follow the action with our special webpage to get the latest results and see the arenas in 3D. You can also download this tour (Earth logo) to explore the arenas further in Google Earth. And we created a My Map where you can learn more about all of the teams participating in the tournament. Read more.

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
New and updated imagery was added to Google Earth in March, including refreshed imagery for several cities impacted by the earthquake in Chile. Take a look at these changes and many more (marked in red) from our update posts here, or view this file (Earth logo) directly in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the View -> Historical Imagery option to see imagery choices through the time slider.

Athens and Barcelona in 3D

Athens and Barcelona in 3D
We're adding 3D cities to Google Earth faster than ever. This month, be sure to fly over to Athens, Greece and Barcelona, Spain. Travel to the Parthenon and, while you're on the Acropolis, visit the Herodeion Theater, where performances have been held for nearly two thousand years. Next, travel to Barcelona and visit the Sagrada Familia. Then, head over to the Barcelona Cathedral in the city center. Have fun exploring in 3D!

Track U.S. Census Form Return Rates

Track U.S. Census Form Return Rates
Google and the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced the "Take 10" layer for Google Earth. With daily data updates through mid-April, you can track the percentage of mailed census forms returned by state, county, and census tract. The layer is available for download (Earth logo) for use in Google Earth, and it can also be embedded in any website with a customized initial zoom using this handy gadget.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
This month, Google Earth Outreach takes a look at two stories. First, we'll dive into the ocean and become virtual scuba divers on a tour created by the Pew Environment Group. Next, we'll look at some of the geographical annotations created to support disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Chile. Please read more.

Earth for Android Now Available

Earth for Android Now Available
The same 3D imagery and terrain available in the desktop version of Google Earth is now available for Android 2.1. This fastest version of Earth for mobile also includes the "Roads" layer and integrates Google Search by voice with Google Local Search to make it easier than ever to explore the world from the palm of your hand. Download it today by searching for Google Earth in the Android Market.

Changes to the Layers Panel

Changes to the Layers Panel
Last week we made changes to the Layers panel to try and simplify the browsing experience, but we know many users weren't happy with them. We've listened to the feedback and recently released more changes to make the separate layers available again in Google Earth. The "Labels" folder is still expandable, and you can now find "Parks and Recreation Areas" under "More". You can also use the "Place Categories" folder to browse specific place types, like schools or lodging. Lastly, we're working to restore the "Transportation" layers soon. We welcome your feedback as we continue to make changes to improve the experience for all of our users.

Where in the World?

Where in the World?
Can you find where this feature is in Google Earth? Click the image above for a larger view. See if you can be the first person with the correct answer here. Here are a few clues:

  • This location can now be "viewed" from the "street" as part of a recent update.
  • It is in the half of the world now experiencing increasingly longer days and shorter nights.
  • The location was once home to a very important figure of WWII.
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers anywhere in the Google Earth Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.

Top Content

Other Updates

Tip for Exploring 3D Buildings
Did you know you can click on any user-created building to open a balloon with information about the model? Next time you're exploring a city with 3D buildings, watch for the glow as you hover over a building, then click it to learn more. Balloons now include extras like photos and information about nearby places. Learn more.

Google Earth Pro
Wetlands Bank Group has used Google Earth Pro to streamline their business operations while saving precious wetlands in Florida. Learn more by reading this case study.

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