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
will reveal some of our favorite examples. Taking a walk along the
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
In many 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. Sign 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:
For more fun
& games, visit the Google Earth
- 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: