I have geolocated imagery which I would like to plot in Google Earth. I have the 4 corner points of each image, and I am currently laying the images down using GroundOverlay and gx:LatLonQuad.

My problem is that I have a lot of images (they are in sets of 20-25, and I have 10 or 20 of these sets to lay down), and these KMLs will be ingested into another program. I would like to have all the images in each set of 20-25 in a single KML file.

The images in a set are close together (in fact, they are contiguous) and about 200 yards wide. Although the individual images in a set are contiguous and quadrilaterals, the overall shape (of all the contiguous images in a set) does not form a rectangle or quadrilateral, but more of a zigzag path.

Is there a feature that works like MultiGeometry for shapes which I can use with GroundOverlay and gx:LatLonQuad to put multiple ground overlaid images in one KML?

My individual KMLs look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2"
       ...image 1 coordinates here...

I would like to have a single KML file with multiple ground overlays, with all the images in the same "files" folder. Is there a way to do this, or something equivalent?

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Absolutely, KML has a Folder tag that you can use for this. You could also just use a Document tag. The stripped-down example below shows it with Document, but you could substitute a Folder, or put multiple Folders in a Document.

    <name>my geolocated images</name>

See the KML Reference for all the details on the Document and Folder tags. Let us know if that works, or if you have more questions.

  • Worked perfectly just as indicated - thank you so much!
    – Aldo
    Jul 1, 2019 at 14:04

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