Jabal al-Lughat is a linguist blog written by Lameen Souag, who has recently discovered Google Earth. He blogs how easy it is to creates collections of placemarks to create linguistic maps of places where obscure and minority languages are spoken. And indeed it is. Here’s one he’s made of where Tunisian Berber is spoken. Tip to Lameen: Use Tagzania‘s place tagging and commenting tools to create fully searchable linguistic indices. Or even just upload your KMZ file to Google Earth Community to have it show up automatically on other people’s Google Earths.
Snowfall info is not just for skiing anymore — it’s an important leading indicator for drought. jfleck at inkstainlinks to the KML versions of data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Snotel automated snowpack measurement stations in the western US.