This is a wonderful overlay, posted to Google Earth Hacks: How the continents looked during the Late Cretaceous period, around 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs suddenly became extinct. Turn on borders in Google Earth, and you have an instant comparison with how the continents look now.
Apparently, this is the location in Iraq where Al Zarqawi was succesfully targeted, as shown on the video release by the US military. It looks similar, but I can’t tell for sure.
A press release by Cambridge UK company The GeoInformation Group announces the availability of its 3D buildings data as KML. London is available now, and “568 UK cities” will follow in the next year. I wonder if this will make it to the Google Earth base layer? According to the press release, the KML conversion of their data “is founded on a long established relationship between The GeoInformation Group and Google.”
TMM also jumps on the “paid placemark” bandwagon, with a network link of some businesses in Germany (it calls the network link an “Earth skin”). The only problem with this business model is that you have to convince people to download the network link before they will view the paid placemarks. So if there are businesses paying fixed sums to be included rather than on a pay-per-click basis, then they are being duped, clearly.
CNET has an article about 3D monitors shown at SID2006, and asks, “has 3D’s time arrived?” Despite wanting to say yes, it clear that the conclusion has to be, “not yet.”
Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.