Google Earth Resources

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Google Earth combines satellite imagery, geographic data and Google’s search capabilities to create a virtual globe application that you can download to your desktop. Find resources here to help you expand this geographic data viewer application.

Google Earth Home Page
Learn about and download the free version of Google Earth from this page.

Creating Google Earth KMLs from ArcGIS
PDF tutorial that takes you step by step through the process of creating a KML (Keyhold Markup Language) file that enables you to plot your ArcMap data so that it can be viewed in Google Earth.

Google Earth Outreach
Google lauched their latest mapping initiative on Tuesday, June 26th called “Google Earth Outreach.” This new program is aimed to help non-profits to use maps and imagery to promote awareness of their organizations while recruiting more volunteers and raising donations. The Google Earth Outreach page offers tutorials as well as grants for obtaining the Professional version of Google Earth.

Air Quality Index in Google Earth
Hourly updates of air quality for the United States is now available for Google Earth.  Available from the AIRNow database, information about the Air Quality Index (AQI) is pulled from different government sources including the National Park Service and NASA.

How Google Earth [Really] Works
Avi Bar-Ze’ev (co-founder of Keyhole which produced EarthViewer which then later became Google Earth), has written part I of a planned series with the aim of providing an explanation of how Google Earth works.

Creating Professional Zoom Video in Google Earth
Digital Digital Urban, a blog maintained by Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, offers step-by-step instructions for creating a smooth video of zooming in Google Earth using the free version.

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