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Cool Things on Google Earth

Updated on July 11, 2017

I admit it. I'm hooked.

I'm hooked on virtual traveling with Google Earth. This week's Hub Mob Topic gave me just the opportunity to share my hobby with you again by giving you more cool things to see or experience for yourself on Google Earth.

I could spend hours picking out places to visit and zooming in to see all the intricacies of each city. My first hub about Google Earth has been very popular here at HubPages. Another hub about Crop Circles seen on Google Earth is popular as well. I have since written at least a half dozen Google Earth hubs that you can find in the links below. If you like this one, you'll love them as well.

I was first introduced to Google Earth by my husband while he was still living in England before we were married. We would talk on Skype and each look up the same location on Google Earth. It was like we were experiencing and visiting the same place at the same time even though we were miles apart. It was a magical experience visiting the pyramids and Niagara Falls together.

Now, I sit and look up places I've never seen, zoom in, and wander around. It is such a great way to visit places without leaving the comfort of your chair. It's easy to download and is very user-friendly. You simply type in the location you want to see and the globe spins and zooms right to the location you've chosen. You can then easily maneuver around zooming in further. There are 3d options and millions of photographs to click on.


How amazing is this? You can see this, and more, on Google Earth!
How amazing is this? You can see this, and more, on Google Earth!

Just a Few of the Places You Must See

"Places" and "Ships"-Online Games Utilizing Google Earth

PlanetInAction.com has developed a couple games that utilize Google Earth.

"Places" is a next generation 3D postcard that you create and send to friends. It has other applications as well. Click on the link above to learn more about this new cool tool.

"Ships" is a free simulation game which leverages the browser-based Google Earth plugin as the primary graphics engine. This game lets you steer the ship's helm ships of all types such as cargo and containers ships, barges and even cruise ships like the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The game is in 3D and the entire planet is your playground. There are sound effects, physical modeling, and realistic visual effects.

Other Uses for Google Earth Besides Traveling

Although my hobby is virtual traveling on Google Earth, you can utilize it for other things such as:

  • Getting a feel for the layout of somewhere you have to go for a job interview
  • Locating houses or apartments that you'd like to rent
  • Determining areas you'd like to work or live
  • Visiting places you used to live (old girlfriends/boyfriends' houses)
  • Seeing how things have changed since you left your hometown
  • See the proximity of lakes, rivers, etc. to where you want to live
  • Locate boat ramps to your favorite lakes, rivers, etc.
  • Locate beaches and pools
  • Determine best routes to tricky locations such as ballgames, large stadium venues.
  • Learn more about world geography
  • Locate towns you're not familiar with
  • Use it as a study aid for history lessons

 

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      michael 5 years ago

      i like google earth

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      Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for this! Now I need to spend more time on Google Earth. Loved the elephant pic!

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      This is great for having tour. Great hub!

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Hi, Noemi, I could spend an afternoon going all over the place. It's a great wintertime activity.

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      Noemi Beres 6 years ago from Cyprus

      I agree, it's pretty addictive. You have to be really careful because you might end up sitting in front of your computer and watching these beautiful pictures. However I love doing it:D

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      I love Google Earth! Its very addicting. Thanks for the list of places to look at. The first time I found Google Earth I think I looked up the Grand Canyon too! Great Hub!

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      TNk leathers 6 years ago from UK

      hey that's amazing just looks like we are 10 meters above the animals it's cool =D

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Ann and Bill!

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      ANN L. 6 years ago

      outstanding service.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Me toooooooo Better Yourself!

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      Better Yourself 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub.I like using google earth to visit places I haven't been to.

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      tritrain 6 years ago from United States

      I like to spy on my neighbors from above.

      In fact, I'm probably watching you right now. Muauhauahahaha!

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Going to the top of the Empire State building is number one on my list.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much PCDriverUpdate. I have about 10 similar, but different, Google Earth-related hubs if you'd like to see more.

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      pcdriverupdate 7 years ago from VA

      This is really cool and great info :)

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you've enjoyed your virtual travel tours!

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      Mike Withrow 7 years ago from Tyler, Texas

      Thanks for the great links, like planetinaction.com.

      Google Earth really is awesome; I love to fly over the Hawaiian Islands with all of it's varied geography.

      It's really a great way to virtually travel the world.

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      Jorge Vamos 7 years ago

      I love google earth. I used to do the same thing all the time, and with google street view. I'd visit all the places I wish I could be in person. Haha.

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      solar.power 7 years ago from Brisbane

      Im getting on google earth now to have a play! I wanna see some elephants now. Which african country is best to see elephants?

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much Cindy! You'll be hooked too! Be sure to check out my other articles that have more videos and links to much more stuff.

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      Cindy Brayer 7 years ago

      Wow! I had no idea Google Earth could offer so many interesting features. I'll be sure to share this with my husband. Great article!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by folks! I'm glad to be able to share some of the cool stuff there is to see. Be sure to check out my other related hubs, lots more videos too!

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      googlesandroids 7 years ago from USA

      I love it!Google earth is turning into addiction for me!Thanks for sharing man!

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      blackhatworld 7 years ago from Belize

      this was amazing! thank you for the share. good luck.

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      retirementvillage 7 years ago from Philippines

      This is cool man! I like your hub its very interesting!

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      gregg 7 years ago

      hey where can u find a site with the locations of the amazing stuff on g-earth

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by Ian and Thunderltd2!

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      thunderltd2 7 years ago

      Animals and earth have always inspired me and gave me hope and peace when they smile.i dont know how earth is earth without animals.To me animals are as loyal as a person or even more like my best friend loxlee and momo.(my toodogs)

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      Ian Stinson 7 years ago

      I love Google Earth, too! And Google Maps (for the super cool street view function AND its practicality, of course). It's amazing how technology has changed our world...

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Garcilazoand! It is pretty darn cool, isn't it? I love playing on Google Earth.

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      garcilazoand 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article! I love google earth, it's perhaps one of the coolest things on the web today!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You'll have a blast, Nell Rose! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, wow I didn't realise it would be that good. i have got to go try it myself. Thanks for the info. cheers nell

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Lovelypaper, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      Wow. This is really cool! Very interesting.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      RealEstateHelper, glad you enjoyed it and learned a little bit more about what Google Earth has to offer.

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      RealEstateHelper 7 years ago

      Great hub and nice videos. I never knew that Google Earth could be so good. Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      It's a great tool, Dale. Thank you so much for including me in your blog!

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      I never really knew just how good Google Earth was. The clarity is great.

      Your hub is now part of my blog

      Cheers

      Dale

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I like the streetviews, but I like the stuff you can't see from the street better. :) Thanks for stopping by Opinion Duck!

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      the street views are great

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      Alba 7 years ago

      Google Earth is amazing - maybe we could read foreign newspapers.... Is this possible yet?

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks chafig555.

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      chafiq555 7 years ago from Gatlinburg

      I am amazed by the quality of the photos that google earth is providing now. It didn't use to be that clear. Great Hub

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      There are some places where you can see other animals and even people. It's amazing. I'm like you, if I get too involved in it, I won't get anything else done. Thanks for stopping by BookFlame.

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      BookFlame 7 years ago

      I actually deleted google earth cuz it was taking up so much memory. But the picture of those elephants has made me reconsider. Yet if I start getting serious with it, I'm afraid I won't get any work done and I'll "starve."

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you bojanglesk8!

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      bojanglesk8 7 years ago

      Great hub. Kudos.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Jimmy, I agree!

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      Jimmy 7 years ago

      Awesome list. Cheers. Some of the things you can see are hilarious

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Mistyhorizon. There is so much to see on Google Earth. It's absolutely amazing to see this big world we live in.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Great Hub KCC, I am pretty new to Google Earth, but have just introduced my Step Father to it so that he could check out a town called Grenville in Grenada as research for a book he is writing. it is pretty amazing how it works I have to say.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Peacenhim!

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      peacenhim 7 years ago

      Extremely fascinating. Great Work!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much ABTEODORO!

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      ABTEODORO 7 years ago

      Nice article!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Misstikal and Camping Toilets!

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      Camping Toilets 7 years ago from Somwhere Out There

      Need to check this one out...great info!!!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Not really....I work full-time, write full-time, cook, clean, etc.....oh wait...it's because I'm super-woman!

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      jimmyred 7 years ago from Brisbane

      Haha you must have a lot of time on your hands. I'm not going to deny it though, google earth is addictive

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Aww..thank you so much tusanee!

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      tudsanee 8 years ago

      So good.

      thank.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      You have to make sure you have the latest version and have all the right options turned on. Things like that have improved greatly. Thanks for stopping by.

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      summerplace 8 years ago

      cool i am also interested in computers and do enjoy google earth.... though most of the time im just trying to hack it (i do that a lot) i still enjoy it very much. the graphics are descent but the only thing i noticed (and you may have noticed) is that when you zoom into a building or the ground it flattens the entire surface showing a bad picture.... when better technology comes out i hope that google will make it so that when u zoom into ground level the buildings and the things around it come out of the ground into a 3-D affect.....

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you RP Chapman! There is even more to it than I've written about. I have another hub in the works to be released this next week.

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      R P Chapman 8 years ago from England

      Fantastic hub showing that there's lots more to Google Earth than meets the eye, and certainly lots more than I ever knew about. Thanks for writing this.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Paradise7! If you have a chance, I have probably 5-6 other Google Earth hubs you can check out for more fun!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hey, KCC, great hub and right up my alley!!! Thanks!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Travelman. It is rather godlike to be cruising around seeing it all. :) I'm glad you enjoy it too! I think the only ones who aren't are the ones who haven't yet tried it.

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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      As if you're becoming godlike, just controlling your computer's mouse and you can go anywhere in the world and seeing mysterious features of the Earth! Thanks for this great hub, KCC Big Country! I really enjoy goggling the Earth, too.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much, EWealthGuide!

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      EWealthGuide 8 years ago from Vancouver

      Way more convenient too, yes you're right. Faster too, nothing like going to a city across the world in less then ten seconds! Good work KCC Big Country

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Way cheaper and way more convenient! Thanks for stopping by EWealthGuide!

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      EWealthGuide 8 years ago from Vancouver

      Great info! I have actually done 'Google Earth Traveling' before. So much fun, and a lot cheaper then traveling!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Well, I'm flattered, Yagzud. I don't know that I consider this my best hub, but it is certainly a popular hub and for that I am grateful. Google Earth is a great free product that we all can have a lot of fun with. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      yagzud 8 years ago from Casablanca, Morocco

      I actually only initially visited to see how to create and manages a successful hub, but I can understand now how one can get hooked on google earth. I never thought of it this way, quite exciting I must say.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      That's one of my favorite features, facebookchat; that ability to visit places and FEEL like you've actually been there even though you never left your desk. It's a great way to see the world. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed 'the ride'.

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      facebookchat 8 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love that white horse on Google Earth! It's amazing. Thanks for this hub - I feel like I've been on holiday after visiting half of these places!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Wnelson! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      wnelson 8 years ago

      Great idea! I will spend some time playing with it now. Thanks!!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      There are tons of things you can do with it now, Ambition! You just have to get in there and play with it! Have fun!

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      Ambition398 8 years ago

      Google Earth is pretty cool but guess there alot more to it than I thought, so I'm going to go check it out. Thanks

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Gift Experts! It comes in very handy for all sorts of things.

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      Gift Experts 8 years ago

      Google Earth is really neat. I recently used it to find a store. That was to cool. Thanks for this Hub.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you HarperSmith! We'll see you in a couple of hours then! LOL It's so much fun, you won't want to stop!

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      HarperSmith 8 years ago

      Really cool hub. I'm going to go check Google Earth out. Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much Tudsanee and Robert!

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      Robert Casterline 8 years ago from Aspen, Colorado

      Good stuff...thanks for the info

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      tudsanee 8 years ago

      Very interesting hub. Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      That's a great use for it, Olga-kay! Thanks for sharing!

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      olga-kay 8 years ago

      Google Earth is amazing! I like to use it after a walk or a hike to plot how far I went.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Awwww..thank you wangshanying! Glad I could help.

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      wangshanying 8 years ago from china

      You are a number one.

      I learned a lot of things.

      thank you

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Please do, Mikerenalds! You'll have a blast playing around with it. It is so much more than just maps nowadays! Thanks for stopping by!

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      mikerenalds 8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for sharing... I thought google earth was just google maps but now maybe I'll go download google earth and give it a try.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      You're welcome, askjanbrass! Thank you!

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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Interesting Hub.......

      Thank you!!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      There's a whole world you've been missing out on Steve! Dive in! You'll be hooked!

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      Steve R McDowell 8 years ago from Atlanta

      I've looked at Google Earth before, but never really dived into it. I had been mostly satisfied with Google Maps and the roadside view, but Google Earth obviously has much more functionality. I am intrigued ^_^

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      thelostsymbol: Rome? Wow...how fun! Where are you going next?

      Netsurfer: Thanks!

      Bobluisusa: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Vizey: It is an amazing piece of software, isn't it?

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by!