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January 2011
What's New in Google Earth?

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Mission Blue: Return to the Gulf of Mexico
National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle recently lead a Mission Blue expedition to the Gulf of Mexico to take a deeper look at how the region is recovering from the five million barrels of oil released from the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill last year. Read updates from the science team, including photos taken from a Deepworker submarine, on the National Geographic News Watch blog here.

Send a Holiday Card from Google Maps

Follow Your World
We're often asked about the age of satellite imagery and when new content will be updated. While we aren't able to tell you in advance when our imagery will be updated, we can now notify you after new images are added to an area that you're interested in. With the new Follow Your World website, you can register points on the globe, and we'll send you an email whenever imagery is updated there. Learn how to submit your imagery requests here!

Explore Paris in 3D

Haiti, One Year After the Earthquake
It's been one year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, and governments and NGOs are continuing to respond, many using high-resolution images of the area. To support these efforts, we've updated our aerial imagery in Google Earth of the Port-au-Prince area to include images from before and after the earthquake, as well as updates throughout 2010. These pictures provide an evolving view of the movement of people, supplies and rubble. Read more about our efforts in Haiti.

3D Measurements in Google Earth Pro 6

The California Bay Area in 3D
This week, we released expanded 3D coverage of the California Bay Area (which also happens to be the homebase of Google's headquarters!). In addition to San Francisco and San Jose, you can now fly around and view urban centers of cities like Foster City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Sunnyvale, in 3D. See a video tour of the area or download the KML (Earth logo) and explore for yourself.

Introducing Google Earth Engine

Google Online Science Fair
To help make today's young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, we're introducing the first global online science competition: the Google Science Fair. It's open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser. Click here to read more.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
In the November and December issues of "News from Google Earth Outreach", we asked you to submit questions to us. We asked you to tell us what you know, what you don't know, what you think you know and what you'd like to know -- all about the world of Google Earth Outreach. After carefully reviewing questions submitted, we have selected five to answer. Please read more to enhance your knowledge of Google Earth Outreach.

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
This month we added new and updated imagery, including high-resolution aerial updates for the USA and Spain. Many countries also received high-resolution satellite updates, including Argentina, Canada, Haiti, Japan, Poland, and more. Take a look at these changes and many more in our update post 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?
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:

  • This country has recently elected its first female President.
  • This location is in the most populous state in the country in question.
  • If you have a fear of creepy-crawlies, this might not be a fun place for you to visit!
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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