Some good new KML tutorials from Google

The Google Earth Blog points us to a few new tutorials about using KML.

The first is all about time animations, including the London Eye and Frank Taylor’s Blue Marble.

The second deals with using KML in the Google Mashup Editor.

The full story in the Google Earth Blog goes into more detail explaining each of those KML articles.

Answers to the latest imagery quiz

The Google Lat Long Blog has posted its answers to the most recent quiz.  All in all, we did pretty well.  The complete list of answers:

1. U.S. Route 91 turns into a much more famous stretch of road when it crosses into this town.
– Las Vegas (The Las Vegas Strip)

2. Every year, this city plays host to the U.K.’s largest outdoor (temporary) ice rink.
– Leeds, England (The Ice Cube)

3. Paradise: In this town you can surf or visit the world’s most delicious book store, located in
an old Twinkie factory (with plenty of aging filling still in the pipes).
– Cleveland (Anyone who watches “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” should have gotten that one right!)

4. The original name of this city was Terminus.
– Atlanta, Georgia

5. The world’s northernmost opera house is located in this town.
– Umeå, Sweden

6. This major U.S. city is actually north of Canada.
– Detroit, Michigan

7. A popular children’s game show that promoted geographic knowledge was produced out of
this city.
– Pittsburgh (Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?)

8. Don’t let the name fool you — this lake actually fills a 4,000ft deep caldera.
– Crater Lake, Oregon

9. You can tour the Royal Navy’s first iron-hulled, armor-plated warship in this town.
– Portsmouth, England (HMS Warrior)

10. The historic fort in this city was restored based on an 1847 map published in Darmstadt,
Germany.
– Sacramento (Sutter’s Fort)

11. As Halloween approaches, one might be interested in viewing the ‘Ghost Capital of Britain.’
– Derby, England

12. Now part of Germany, this city was once the capital of the Hanseatic League.
– Luebeck, Germany

13. President Lincoln attended the dedication ceremony of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in
this town.
– Gettysburg, PA (President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address at this dedication ceremony.)

And here is the complete list of new imagery/terrain in this update:

New high resolution:
Americas: State of Oregon, State of Nebraska, State of North Carolina, Western Mississippi, Much of Pennsylvania, Yakima County (WA), Benton County (WA), Whistler (BC), San Jose (CA), Imperial County (CA), Steamboat Springs (CO), Calhoun County (FL), Adams County (IL), Washtenaw County (MI), Chemung County (NY), Cortland County (NY),
Castilla (Colombia)

Europe, Middle East & Africa:
- France: French Riviera, Avignon
- UK: Exeter, Brighton, Crawley, Essex, Colchester, Chelmsford, Swindon, Cheltenham, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Leicester, Chesterfield
- Germany: Freiburg, Stuttgart, Waiblingen, Remseck, Kornwestheim, Ludwigsburg, Saarbruecken, Chemnitz, Erfurt, Ratigen, Munster, Hamburg, Luebeck
Umea (Sweden)
Borger-Odoorn (The Netherlands)

2.5m imagery for the entire countries of: Tunisia, UAE, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.

Updated Imagery:
Americas: Las Vegas (NV), San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay & North Bay), Sacramento (CA), Victoria (BC), Salt Lake City (UT), Provo (UT), Edmonton (Alberta), Atlanta (GA), Northern St Louis (MO), Detroit (MI), Cleveland (OH), Pittsburgh (PA), Boston (MA), Montreal (Quebec), Guadalajara (MX), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay)

Europe, Middle East & Africa:
- UK: Plymouth, Torquay, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Gillingham Southend, Basildon, Berkshire, Reading, Milton Keynes, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Cambridge, Norfolk, Derby, Halifax, Leeds, Darlington, Dundee, Belfast
Warsaw (Poland), Stockholm (Sweden), Lippstadt (Germany), Magdeburg (Germany), Paderborn (Germany), Rostock (Germany), Boeblingen (Germany), Casablanca (Morocco), Bamako (Mali), Windhoek (Namibia), Ankara (Turkey), Kano (Nigeria)

Asia & Oceania: Novosibirsk (Russia), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Ahmendabad (India), Pune (India), Bangalore (India), Hyderabad (India), Perth (Australia), Brisbane (Australia)
Ulan Bator (Mongolia),

Updated Terrain:
Canada (20m and 90m) and Niagara Falls

Georgia Drought

Gerogia DroughtI’ve just created a KMZ (and posted it on Google Earth Hacks) that highlights some of the newsworthy locations related to the Georgia Drought.

It includes placemarks for things like Buford Dam on Lake Lanier and the Farley Nuclear power plant in Alabama. It also includes an overlay showing the watershed areas for the area basins and a few other bits and pieces.

For more information about the drought itself, you can visit the Atlanta Water Shortage blog.

A bunch of new imagery for Google Earth/Maps

(note: This data is only live in Google Earth, but will likely appear in Google Maps within a few days)

As has been the case lately, it comes in the form of a quiz. If you know an answer, post it in the comments below and we’ll see if we can figure them all out.

1- U.S. Route 91 turns into a much more famous stretch of road when it crosses into this town. — Los Angeles, CA, USA
2- Every year, this city plays host to the U.K.’s largest outdoor (temporary) ice rink. — Leeds, UK
3- Paradise: In this town you can surf or visit the world’s most delicious book store, located in
an old Twinkie factory (with plenty of aging filling still in the pipes).
— Cleveland, OH, USA
4- The original name of this city was Terminus. — Atlanta, GA, USA
5- The world’s northernmost opera house is located in this town. — Tromsø, Norway
6- This major U.S. city is actually north of Canada. — Detroit, MI, USA
7- A popular children’s game show that promoted geographic knowledge was produced out of
this city.
— Pittsburg, PA, USA ??
8- Don’t let the name fool you — this lake actually fills a 4,000ft deep caldera. — Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
9- You can tour the Royal Navy’s first iron-hulled, armor-plated warship in this town. — Portsmouth, UK
10- The historic fort in this city was restored based on an 1847 map published in Darmstadt,
Germany.
— Sutter’s Fort State History Park, California
11- As Halloween approaches, one might be interested in viewing the ‘Ghost Capital of Britain.’ — Derby, UK
12- Now part of Germany, this city was once the capital of the Hanseatic League. — Lübeck, Germany
13- President Lincoln attended the dedication ceremony of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in
this town.
— Gettysburg, PA, USA

California wildfires in Google Earth

California WildfiresFrank Taylor at the Google Earth Blog points us to an image overlay made using NOAA imagery of the fires in San Diego, California.

It really shows a significant amount of smoke coming from the fires. You can download the file here, or you can visit the Google Earth Blog for more information.

Steve Irwin easter egg in Google Earth

Steve Irwin in Google EarthFrank at the Google Earth Blog points us to a fun little easter egg in Google Earth – Steve Irwin (the late “Crocodile Hunter”) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

To find him, simply turn on the 3D buildings layer, search for “Sydney Opera House” and look near the water on the north side of the building.

GEB has more info and short video on how to find him.

Google Maps with KML NetworkLink support!

Maps KMLI’ve been waiting for this.  You can now supply a KML to Google Maps that contains a network link based on a view boundbox and it will work similar to how it does in Google Earth – with no editing needed!

They supply the examples of Panaramio, Placeopedia, Wikimapia and some others.  I’ve whipped up some for Google Earth Hacks — our GEboards (view-only) network link, our full list of files (focused on the center of your view), our newest submitted files and our most popular files.  Here’s another one I did that shows 100 golf courses nearest your center of view (United States only), courtesy of GolfNation.

These are amazingly easy to create, because they all use the exact name NetworkLink that is used in Google Earth.  Very slick!

More updates to Virtual Earth

Microsoft has just released a new version of Live Search Maps (named Gemini), as well as revealed a few more places that were updated in the past few days.

The new version has a lot of cool stuff:

  • 1-Click Directions – Also known as “party maps”, this is a single permalink that you can send out, and each person can get directions to it from their house with a single click.
  • Route Around Traffic – It’s a check box option to have it automatically route around traffic jams, based on the live traffic data.
  • Data Import – Import GeoRSS, GPX and even some KML.
  • Birds Eye View in 3D – A way to view Birds Eye imagery while in 3D mode.  It’s kinda weird, but very cool.
  • 3D Tours and Videos of Collections – You can build a “tour” (fly around, look at stuff, etc), then share it with others by sending them a simple URL.  They can control the tour using DVD-style controls.
  • 3D Modelling – Using Dassault, you can create 3D buildings in VE.
  • Collection Search and Explore – A search engine for more content.
  • Enhanced Detail Pages – More info about each business listed in VE

You really need to read their full post to get details about all of those enhancements.

Also, there was more to their latest imagery update than we posted a few days ago.  In addition to all of that Birds Eye data, the following was also added:

Birds Eye Imagery

  • Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dopenhagen, Denmark

Ortho Imagery

  • Imperial County, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • North Kentucky
  • Kern County, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Merced, CA
  • Blythe, CA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Willow Springs, AZ
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Placer County, CA
  • St. George, UT
  • Ft. Pierce/Stuart, FL
  • Northeast Ohio
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Catalina Island, CA
  • Ft. Myers, FL
  • Panama/Tallahassee, FL
  • Florida Keys, FL
  • Gainesville/Ocala, FL
  • US 19, WV

Satellite Imagery

  • Banff, Canada
  • Everglades, FL, United States
  • Freeport, Bahamas
  • Grand Teton/Yellowstone, CA, United States
  • Pusan, South Korea
  • Malta
  • Marsh Harbor, Bahamas
  • North Bimini, Bahamas
  • Whistler, Canada
  • Helsinki, Finland

All in all, it amounts to an astounding amount of new stuff for VE.  Very impressive!

Another 10TB of new imagery in Virtual Earth

Prado Museum, MadridMicrosoft continues their rapid, massive updates to Virtual Earth. This one totals 10TB (28TB worth of refreshed street map tiles) and it includes a ton of new Birds Eye View imagery.

The full list of areas updated:

UK

  • Aldershot
  • Newbury
  • Ayre
  • Warwick/Leamington
  • Telford
  • Mansfield
  • Blackburn/Darwen
  • Basingstoke/Basing
  • Burnley/Nelson
  • Cannock/Great Wyrley
  • Craigavon
  • Nuneaton
  • Redditch/Astwood
  • Abergele/Rhyl/Prestatyn
  • Weymouth

US

  • Worcester, MD
  • Orange, CT. (plus more CT)
  • Warren, NJ
  • Hunterdon, NJ
  • Cape May, NJ
  • Jackson, MS
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Reno, NV
  • Marion, OR
  • Fulton, NY
  • Northampton, PA
  • Albany Metro, NY
  • Henrico, VA
  • Yonkers Metro, NY
  • Fresno, CA
  • Harford, MD
  • Larimer, CO
  • Erie, NY

I continue to be impressed by the speed and depth of Microsoft’s VE updates lately.

Zoom in closer in Google Maps

Elephants in AfricaAs posted on the Google LatLong Blog, you can now zoom in one step closer on Google Maps, world-wide!

They showed some cool examples, such as a Life-size Chess Board and some Elephants in Africa.  I tried it on my house, and sure enough – it went in a bit tighter.

It doesn’t appear that there is any new imagery, but it’s nice to be able to get a closer look.