Cool Things on Google Earth
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.
Just a Few of the Places You Must See
- The Grand Canyon
- Hoover Dam
- Taj Mahal
- Niagara Falls
- The Pyramids - Egypt
- Great Wall of China
- Hillside white horse in England
- Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
- Yosemite National Park
- Hawaiian Islands
- The island where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was filmed.
- Eiffel Tower
- Empire State Building
- Statue of Liberty
"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
More Google Hubs by KCC Big Country with Lots More Links and Videos!
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