Monday, October 13, 2008

Map and Data Search Using Google Earth

Google Earth provides an easy and quick way to search for existing KML´s (Google Earth files) and maps. In the upper left "search" space, type in what you are looking for.

For example, I zoomed in on Zambia and Mozambique and searched for "maps". Placemarks will appear where maps are available. Click on the place marks in order to get the link for retrieving the map. Some maps are in KML format already and can be viewed in Google Earth, like the flood maps created by the ZKI as shown in the image below.

Flood maps as kml overlays by ZKI

Also try typing in other words like "fish" or "rivers". If there is a city or town with "river" in its name, then you will only receive place name suggestions instead of available data or maps. In order to avoid this, try typing in "rivers in Zambia".


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