Google Earth Blog
A few days ago we had the chance to explore Providence Canyon (also known as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”). Since it was going to be my first visit out there, I spend some time exploring the area in Google Earth. They have a few maps available on their website, so I took one of those and overlaid it on Google Earth.
If you’d like that file for yourself, you can grab this KML file.
Interestingly, while the Grand Canyon was formed over the course of millions of years, Providence Canyon only took a few hundred. The story of its creation is quite amazing:
Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” is a testament to the power of man’s influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused simply by poor farming practices during the 1800s, yet today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this quiet park.
In addition, here’s a fun 360 “photo sphere” that I took inside of the canyon:
You can learn more about Providence Canyon on the Georgia State Parks website.
Uzi Bashan, the Fire Officer with Israel’s Fire and Rescue Commission, recently wrote an article on the Google Enterprise Blog on how they use Google Earth and Google Maps to help with their fire and rescue efforts.
From the article:
After the devastating Mt. Carmel fire in December 2010, which killed 44 people, injured dozens, and wiped out nearly 40,000 acres of forest, senior officers at the Fire and Rescue Commission realized we needed a more advanced fire alert system. This prompted our decision to deploy mapping technology from Google.
Now, using Google Earth Enterprise as our main GIS mapping platform, each call center operator has two screens – one displaying information from the national system, and the other displaying maps with Google Earth. Google Earth maps, with customized data layers, are automatically updated in real-time to show exactly where fires are and which firefighters are the closest to them. What used to take minutes now takes seconds.
It’s an excellent use of the Google Earth Enterprise platform, and I’m sure we’ll continue to see new examples like this in the coming months and years as other organizes streamline their processes in a similar manner. Be sure to read the full post at the Google Enterprise Blog.
We saw some amazing new Google Earth-related stories in May, and here are some of my favorites.
We took a look at some of the tornado damage in Mayflower, Arkansas.
We showed you some ways to use Google Earth to find a dark sky near you.
We revisited ways to use Google Earth to track the weather.
We shared the story of how Google Earth was used to help discover a long-lost forest.
We took a look at the new stadium that the Atlanta Braves are planning to build.
Google brought out some fresh imagery on May 19.
We shared some tips to make Google Earth more realistic.
We looked at some amazing images of (and interesting facts about) airport runways around the world.
What was your favorite story from May?
Last year we showed you a collection of the best roller coasters in Google Earth, highlighting some amazing parks around the world. A recent article in the Huffington Post takes it the other direction and highlights seven abandoned parks that can be found in Google Earth.
A great example is Six Flags, New Orleans, shown here:
From the article:
This theme park was closed just before Hurricane Katrina struck the region in 2005. It was heavily damaged in the storm and has been essentially abandoned ever since. Numerous attempts to rebuild it have fallen flat and the only salvageable ride (a Batman attraction) was moved to San Antonio. It has since become a film set and remains there today, crumbling into the dirt.