Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Google Earth

You can download Google Earth free here:

This is how the screen will look when you open up Google Earth app or plugin.

Perform searches from the search box at the top left side of the program.
You can type a place name, zipcode or postcode, a town/city name, an airport or you can even try to type in a latitude-longitude location (in decimal format). Once you press the  Enter key, you'll be "flown" to that destination.  You can take a virtual holiday!
You can also drag the little yellow man icon to the map and you will get to see street view. I do this before I visit a place so that I can navigate the place easily when I am there!

Use the zoom out and zoom in options from the buttons on the right hand side of the screen.
Turn the wheel in the top right corner to spin the item to a better understood angle. 

Click on Exit Street view to go back to the map.

Look for the date the picture was taken from the bottom left hand corner of the screen.
Scroll through the dates to see all the satellite images from different days of the year. 
Zoom to a place on the map where the satellite image has a date, click the "View" menu from the menu bar and click the "Historical Imagery" button to enable the feature. 
Drag the location of the toggle slider switch in the top left corner to a different date and see what the area was like. e.g. you can see what New Orleans was like after Hurricane Katrina, or one of the many famous historical times that date back to 1990! 

Use the Layers button from the bottom left hand side of the screen.
  • Turn on Weather view from the Layers button in the bottom left corner. Click the drop-down negative sign and next to Weather and click both the "Radar" and "Clouds" options. You'll be able to see rain and snow and clouds and sleet on this map, just like you were looking at a weather radar on a TV screen weather broadcasting channel.  (Temperature data has been dropped in 2017
  • Turn on other buttons for additional items to view about the location. You can turn on Panoramio photos from exact locations where others have taken pictures of landmarks worldwide, or even turn on YouTube videos when these videos have been placemarked. Look through that list, and see if you can turn on other very useful features that show the world from the eyes of other viewers.
  • Look at the locations of epicenters to recorded earthquakes by turning on the Earthquake feature in the Gallery drop-down.

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