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September 2010
What's New in Google Earth?

A whol new Website for Google Earth

A New Website for Google Earth
Earlier this month, we launched a brand new website for Google Earth. The new site is loaded with lots of great content including images, videos, tours, maps and tutorials on how to get started with Google Earth. We invite you to explore the new site, starting with these areas: Showcase, Learn, Products, Community and Gallery. Currently it's only available in English but we'll be adding more languages soon. Check out what's new at earth.google.com.

Track Real-time Flights over the US

Track Real-time Flights over the US
We teamed up with Flightwise.com and published a new, dynamically-updating KML file of commercial flights over the U.S. You can see the current location and altitude of thousands of flights in near real-time. Zoom into particular flights, see flight info (flight number, estimated arrival time and up-to-date flight path) and play back animations of flights in 3D. Visit the Earth Gallery to download the KML file and start tracking.

See the Ocean on your iPhone

See the Ocean on your iPhone
With the latest release of Google Earth 3.1 for iOS, you can now explore underwater landscapes and terrain on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Dive below the ocean's surface to explore underwater canyons, or travel to the ocean's deepest point: the Mariana Trench. Once your underwater, just swipe the screen with two fingers to "look around." Google Earth 3.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available now in the App Store, or navigate to http://m.google.com/earth in your mobile browser.

New Features for Geo-modeling

New Features for Geo-modeling
We recently released Google SketchUp 8 – a free product you can use to model 3D buildings for Google Earth. In version 8, we've added loads of new features including better integration with Google Building Maker to make it easier to model directly from Google's massive collection of satellite imagery, Street View photography and terrain data. With Google SketchUp 8 and Building Maker, you can collaborate with a community of geo-modelers to construct a 3D model of the world.

Update from the Tahina Expedition

Update from the Tahina Expedition
Since May, Tahina has traveled through French Polynesia (Marquesas, the Tuamotus atolls, Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora). It sailed 500 nautical miles upwind to watch the total eclipse of the sun on July 11th (see the GPS track). In August they sailed to the Cook Islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga, the island nation of Niue, American Samoa, and are now in the Kingdom of Tonga. See useful tips for using Google Earth for sailors and other travelers. 'Til next time...

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
Do you think you're creative? Do you think of yourself as the next Steven Spielberg? If so, click "please read more" to see how you can demonstrate your story-telling creativity. After that, learn about how you can be (virtually) whisked away to the Amazon to join Sigourney Weaver in exploring the potential impacts of the massive Belo Monte Dam Complex. 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, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. Many countries also received high-resolution satellite updates, including Angola, Fiji, Libya, Guatemala, Hungary, South Africa, Philippines, Tanzania, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, and more. Take a look at these changes and many more (marked in red) in our update posts here and 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.

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:

  • As summer comes to a close in the northern hemisphere, this country will soon have spring.
  • This country is often referred to as "Oz".
  • This location was featured in a film in which the line "That's not a knife, That's a knife" is said.
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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