What's New in Google Earth? 2012
What's New in Google Earth? 2012

January 2012
What's New in Google Earth?

Earth 6.2 launch.

New Version of Google Earth is released
We're taking bird's eye view to a whole new level with the latest version of Google Earth, just released. With Google Earth 6.2, we’re bringing you the most beautiful Google Earth yet, with more seamless imagery and a new search interface. Additionally, we’ve introduced a feature that enables you to share an image from within Google Earth, so you can now simply and easily share your virtual adventures with family and friends on Google+.

Google Earth on Google+

Follow Google Earth on Google+
With the arrival of Google Earth on Google+, there’s yet another place to keep up-to-date on the latest Google Earth news. That’s not all: expect tips and tricks, user stories, Hangouts, and more. On our Google+ page, we’ll also be highlighting amazing KML content from our users, so be sure to add Google Earth to your circles and start sharing your favorite geo content with us! Learn more about Google+ here.

Biodiversity on the move

Biodiversity on the move
Follow Arctic Terns on their migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic (and back!), then learn about the unique ecosystems and life cycles of sea algae. Atlantic Public Media and Encyclopedia of Life have teamed up to produce a series of mini documentaries using Google Earth. Supported by a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant, this project is igniting a conversation around our planet’s natural biodiversity.

Sea turtle tracking

Sea Turtle Tracking
After tracking Santa's annual flight around the world on Christmas Eve, we’re now following another type of long distance traveller: Jklynn, the female Hawksbill sea turtle, on her annual migration. Jklynn’s travels are available to all -- thanks to the efforts of WIDECAST, the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, a recipient of a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant. So come on down and join the turtles in Google Earth.

Desktop campus tours

Street View Campus Tours
Finished with your college applications? As you wait for the acceptance letters to come in, jump into Google Earth and explore your dream school with Street View. We recently added imagery of more university campuses to the existing special collections already available via Street View through our Partner Program. To view other imagery collections of popular universities around the world see a complete list of the campuses or visit a few more highlights in the Street View gallery.

News from Google Earth Outreach

News from Google Earth Outreach
This month, you'll learn how you can become an armchair archaeologist by explore the many layers of Stonehenge in Google Earth with the Google Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge project. Then, find out even more about the project to tell the story of the Arctic Tern's great migration. Lastly, find out about a cool new Android app, known as iNaturalist, which lets you ecord and map your observations of plants and animals that you see. Learn more in this month's newsletter...

New and Updated Imagery

New and Updated Imagery
This month, our imagery team added hundreds of new images to Google Earth and Google Maps, including high-resolution aerial updates for the US, Austria, and Germany. Also available, are high-resolution satellite updates for Algeria, Kazakhstan, Oman, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and more. Zoom into the Mannheim Water Tower, Mannheim, Germany, or explore the Great Wall of China in Badaling by opening this KML file directly in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the View > Historical Imagery feature to scroll through past imagery through a 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 to lead you to the location:

  • Located in the world's second largest continent.
  • This continent's highest mountain can be found in this country.
  • This location can be found off the coast of the main "spice island".
For more fun & games, visit the Google Earth Community.

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