Google Earth Sightseer  

June 2011
What's New in Google Earth?

Philadelphia 3D trees

Experience more 3D Trees
Since we first launched 3D trees in Google Earth 6 last November, we’ve worked hard to bring this experience to more cities. We’re happy to announce that the latest group of cities with 3D trees include: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, London and multiple cities in the California Bay Area. This new 3D imagery brings a new perspective to your favorite historical buildings and parks. Explore the 3D trees in this video or turn on the 3D Trees layer to explore the new cities.

New Ocean data

Explore more ocean seafloor terrain
Only a tiny fraction of our oceans have ever been explored. As a matter of fact, we know more about the surfaces of Mars and the Moon than we do about our own ocean floor. So in honor of World Oceans Day this month, we collaborated with Columbia University to add more ocean seafloor terrain to Google Earth than has ever been available before, enabling millions of people to explore our blue planet. Please visit the Google Lat Long blog for more information about this new data.

3D Brussels

Brussels in 3D
Brussels is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Now, you can discover the riches of Brussels in a virtual 3D visit with Google Earth. Several thousands 3D buildings have been added to the city’s map. You can now visit landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Parc du Cinquantenaire, and the Atomium in 3D. Watch a video tour or view in the Google Earth Gallery to enjoy the sights of Brussels for yourself right from the comfort of your home.

Building Maker competition

More Building Maker cities and a new competition
We’ve just released new Building Maker imagery in six new cities: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Córdoba, Argentina; Mar Del Plata, Argentina; Mendoza, Argentina; Rosario, Argentina; Ottawa, Canada. To celebrate this, we’re having the first ever Building Maker Modeling Competition to help get these cities on the map! There are several prizes to help get you in the mood to model, including a GPS-enabled digital camera! Please visit the Google Lat Long blog to learn more.

Map maker competition

Map Maker workshop and competition
We recently hosted a series of Google Map Maker events in Rabat, Morocco, including a mapping workshop organized by official Map Maker advocates from Morocco. The objective of the event was to introduce Map Maker to new users and show that many Moroccans all over the world are helping to improve Google Maps through Map Maker. The event included demos and powerful mapper stories, and concluded by kicking off a week-long competition exclusively for attendees of the workshop.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
In this month's News from Google Earth Outreach, we'll explore how Google Earth has been used by the WWF to offer a tour highlighting a region in Sumatra where endangered tigers' habitat is being affected by deforestation. Then, following on from last month's look at using Google Maps to promote non-profit organizations, we'll look at an "Intro to map making". Finally, a quick rundown of events at the recent Outreach participation in International Marine Conservation Congress 2011. 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. Many countries also received high-resolution satellite updates, including Chile, Fiji, India, Nepal, Russia, Yemen and more. Take a look at these changes and many more in our update post here, or view this file 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:

  • Around one billion people live on this continent.
  • Mount Nyangani is this country’s highest mountain.
  • These features can be found on the country’s banknotes.
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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