Thursday, March 26, 2009

Find Custom Maps-president birth places

The results provided by Google Maps are diverse: locations, addresses, local businesses, web pages, directions. Google Maps indexes pages that contain geographical content and it sometimes includes them in the list of search results.

Until recently, Google Maps only pointed to items from custom maps and geo-feeds, but now you can find the maps in the list of results. For example, a search for [president birth places] returns a map that shows where each president of the US was born.

You can restrict your search to custom maps and GeoRSS feeds by clicking on "show search options" and selecting "related maps". The index includes the public maps created from the "My Maps" interface.

Google Maps tries to go beyond basic queries like "pizza in ny" by using the web index. Google LatLong gives some examples of complicated queries that return useful results: bridge collapse in MN, falafel carts in nyc. Unfortunately, Google Maps has a very basic understanding of queries and can't always differentiate a general query like "places to go in London" from a search that asks for directions.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Google Earth drawing game

Google Street View for UK and Netherlands

Google Maps added street view imagery for many major cities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are some of the cities added to Google Street View.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

3D Ocean Models Tour


This KML is a simple placemark tour of the models created by the SketchUp team in Boulder, Colorado for the launch of the new Ocean feature of Google Earth 5.0. The models are currently in the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth 5. They can also be viewed in the 3D Warehouse in the 'Google Earth - Ocean Layer' collection -

Open in Google Earth

Current (30 day) Arctic Sea Ice Concentrations and Extents

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Providing a near real-time examination of current sea ice concentration conditions in the Arctic, this KML allows you to view the previous 30 days sea ice concentration, gathered from satellite data up until the present day. Updated daily, this KML which is presented as a series of animated overlays, can provide useful data to those studying climate change, in particular the potential for sea levels rising. To view the animation, simply open the KML file and press the play button located in the top section of the image viewer. Note: It is likely that you will need to allow the animation to run through once or twice to enable the image overlays to load fully.

Open in Google Earth
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