Sunday, March 18, 2012

Topo overlays for Google Earth

Following a sideband comment, I had resolved to review the differences between Google Earth and MSN Virtual Earth.  I misread the email though. It wasn’t saying that Virtual Earth shows topos, merely that it will show both road maps and aerial photos, something Google Earth and Google Maps already manage to do quite well.

I thought it was worth a comparison of the programs though, but in researching the topic I stumbled across people using topo maps in Google Earth.  A search for "contour" and/or "topo" on the Google Earth Community message board should turn up some examples. Find a likely looking message and then click "Open this Placement" in the messsage header. You’ll have to have Google Earth installed to see the results of course.

Unfortunately, I have no time right now to check out how this is done. Maybe a reader already knows and will share?…

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