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May 2010
What's New in Google Earth?

National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee
Since last fall, more than four million students in the U.S. competed in local geography bees. Earlier this week the 54 finalists met in Washington, D.C., where Aadith Moorthy, a 13-year-old 8th grader from Palm Harbor, FL won top honors at the National Geographic Bee. Google is proud to sponsor the GeoBee and support geographic literacy around the world. Watch our video to learn more about why geography matters. Congratulations, Aadith!

9/11 Memorial in 3D

9/11 Memorial in 3D
The 9/11 Memorial organization recently announced the availability of a 3D model of the Memorial Park in New York. Using Google Earth, people around the world can now visualize the two signature memorial pools with their 30-foot waterfalls, the proposed museum with its two seven-story steel "tridents," and the 400 oak trees. The model, along with informative KML placemarks, was incorporated into the 9/11 Memorial website using the Google Earth plugin.

Model Your Town Competition

Model Your Town Competition
In December we announced the Google Model Your Town Competition and invited towns to submit 3D models of their communities using Google SketchUp and Google Building Maker. The public reviewed the 3D models that were submitted, explored the buildings in Google Earth, and watched videos from the five finalist towns around the world. We've tallied the votes and we'd like to congratulate this year's winning town: Barranco - Lima, Peru! Learn more about the winning town and watch a fly-through video of their 3D buildings.

The Tahina Expedition

The Tahina Expedition
Last November Frank Taylor and his wife began a five-year journey to sail around the world, called the Tahina Expedition. They're using Google Earth to share where they're going and what they're learning. You can read more about their trip to San Blas and the kite aerial photos of BBQ Island that are now in Google Earth. Frank and his wife have since crossed through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos and French Polynesia, and are now on their way to the Tuamotus. We'll continue to check-in with them and share highlights from their trip.

New Cities in 3D

New Cities in 3D
Over the past month we've added new 3D cities to Google Earth. Now with Earth view in Google Maps, you can easily see these 3D buildings in your browser. Fly to Stockholm, Sweden to see rich architectural buildings, bridges, palaces, and parks. Explore Lisbon, Portugal in 3D with lots of fantastic user-generated models. We also added more cities to Building Maker (in South Africa and California). Try adding a 3D model for your favorite city!

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
This month we'll take a look at some examples of geographical annotations that use Google Earth and Google Maps to communicate the ongoing situation at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill site. Current estimates suggest that the spill covers some 2,500 square miles or more which, let's face it, is quite hard to actually picture. Enter geography. Please read more.

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
New and updated imagery was added to Google Earth this past month, including ultra fresh imagery for New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, and Norfolk. We also added new, high-quality 3D imagery for Nashville, Indianapolis, Dallas, and Charlotte in Google Earth. Take a look at these changes and many more (marked in red) from 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:

  • This country has a new Prime Minister after a recent general election.
  • This city was once known as JÓrvÍk.
  • This particular stadium temporarily had a different name from 2005-2010.
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers anywhere in the Google Earth Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.

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Other Updates

Oprah's No Phone Zone
To combat the deadly habit of distracted driving, we teamed up with The Oprah Winfrey Show to create a map that shows where in the US and Canada people have pledged not to text (and in some cases not use their phones at all) while driving. Learn more.

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