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Google's virtual globe application that allows users to view 3D buildings, imagery, terrain, any other information stored in KML files.

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Spatial resolution of Google Earth Imagery

What is the spatial resolution of imagery used in Google Earth? At various places on the web, I have been reading it varies from place to place - 60 cm, 2.5 m, 15 m and so on. I was wondering if there ...
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Comparing Google Earth Enterprise to ArcGIS for Server and GeoServer? [closed]

I'm working on a web app that includes mapping capabilities (currently just markers and KML overlays on an embedded Google Map). We're starting to outgrow the limitations of Google's free stuff, and ...
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Alternative to Google Earth to edit and organize KML files

I like the way Google Earth displays KML as a "scene graph", that is, a tree structure in the left panel. This allows you to rearrange features in folders, change layer order, etc. via drag-and-drop. ...
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Source for high-resolution satellite images free/low-cost?

I am doing a household survey in Kenya, and I need to ensure that my survey team visits every house within a given area. I've been going to google maps and right-clicking on roofs to get coordinates ...
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Where are the oil platforms in Google Earth?

From Wikipedia I found the coordinates of the Devil's Tower, which is an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The coordinates are 28°12′32″N, 88°44′15″W. When I enter these coordinates into Google ...
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Steps to creating a GeoTIFF

First off, I'd like to mention that I'm pretty new to working with GIS, so please forgive my inexperience. My situation is as follows: I'm tasked with georectifying a set of imagery and importing ...
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Google Earth plugin deprecated. Which alternatives? [closed]

I've got a costumer of mine asking for an integration of the Google Earth Plugin to his website. From Google earth Plugin site I read this: Google Earth Plugin API has been deprecated as of ...
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Extracting Google Earth elevation data to Excel?

I have a polyline in Google Earth. I am able to see the elevation profile in Google Earth when I move along the polyline but is there a way to extract the lat,long and elevation data out to Excel?
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shp2kml license expired, looking for free solution

So I work for a small African non-profit. I do all the GIS and data work. Most of the layers I create, I convert to kml layers so my boss can then use them quickly and easily in Google Earth. But now ...
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GPS Tracking by SMS

I have a GPS Tracker which sends the GPRMC string of the NMEA 0183 protocol, at fixed periodicity, to a predefined number as SMS. I am looking for a software which can port these incoming SMS to a COM ...
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How accurate are measurements in Google Earth?

Can anyone point to a resource that lists the accuracy of measurements taken in Google Earth?
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How can I generate a high resolution rendering of the globe?

I am building an ANSI E poster size map collection and would like to add a nice rendering of the globe to the maps indicating the approximate position of the region on the globe. The problem is that ...
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Add Google Basemap to ArcGIS

I am looking for a way to add Google Earth imagery to ArcMap 10. Over a year ago, a GIS.SE member mentioned Arc2Earth was the only way to accomplish this (04/2011 thread). Another somewhat ...
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From .shp to .kml to .shp Without Losing Attributes

I've converted a shapefile with attributes to a .kml for a client. The .kml and attributes were then edited within google earth. I received the updated .kml and now I need to get it back to .shp. ...
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Google Maps/Earth becoming GIS solutions yet? [closed]

I've been researching internet lately to make a comparaison between Google Geo solutions ( Google Maps, Google Earth) and other GIS solutions (Free of charge or commercial, QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.). I can ...
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What datum (reference ellipsoid) does Google Earth use?

What datum (reference ellipsoid) does Google Earth[1] use? I can't seem to find where Google Earth tells explicitly what datum they use. I need some sort of valid link. [1] The default free version ...
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How do I create an animation in google earth using png overlays with kml timestamps?

I have the following kml files, each with a different timestamp and png: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <kml xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2" xmlns:gx="http://www.google.com/...
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Turning on map view in Google Earth?

I want to toggle between map view and satellite imagery in Google Earth like I can in Google Maps. Is there an easy way to add Map View to Google Earth?
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What are the coordinates of the mysterious hole in Siberia?

I am interested in taking a Google Earth aerial view of the mysterious hole recently discovered in Siberia and perhaps doing some hydrological analysis of the area in a GIS. However, there appears to ...
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Can OpenStreetMap replace Google Earth?

I need to build a website which needs to perform the following tasks: Display a web map with topographical details On the map show a set of selected streets When a street is selected show a set of ...
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Is the use of Google Earth imagery via the OpenLayers Plugin in QGIS legal?

I understand the terms and conditions WRT use of Google Earth imagery in external applications are strict. Years ago ArcBruTile offered such service in ArcGIS the legallity of which was ...
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How to Export a Shapefile as KML Using R

All, I have exported an ESRI shapefile (polygon) to KML using R, but the resulting layer shows only the outer extent of the polygon. How can I fill in the area with a color? Any help is greatly ...
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Linking Geoserver WMS layer to Google Earth?

I tried with what was available in Geoserver Layer preview as kml. It gives the geom itself at higher zooms, not the image for that area. What to do to get only the png/jpeg images from Geoserver and ...
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Exporting 3GB ArcGIS Raster to KML without losing resolution?

I have a 3GB raster layer, and I'd like to export it to KML for use with Google Earth. When I use the "Layer to KML" conversion tool in ArcMap, I end up with a low-resolution overlay: looks like one ...
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In terms of development, what capabilities does Google Earth Plugin have over Google Earth?

In terms of development, what capabilities does Google Earth Plugin have over Google Earth?
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View data of a particular year in Google Earth

For my region in India, Google Earth tiles belong to different years, 2003 - 2010. I don't mean GE's historical view feature but the imagery updates for different areas my region. I classify Landsat ...
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Can I sell maps to third parties if I have Google Earth Pro License? [closed]

Not sure if this question is suitable for SE but I can't find answers anywhere else. I work as a GIS Analyst for a mining company that has its own GEPro license. As part of my job, I make PDF maps, ...
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Examples of Animated maps

I am currently looking examples of animated maps. Creating animated maps with the help of this post and similar post checking Animaps site also I am presenting this map in local school so those ...
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GeoTIFF file creation from .Tiff file

I'm working on some software that displays a map, like this: ![enter image description here][1] I also have some export functions which exports the about image as .bmp/.Tiff/.Jpg/.PNG/.Wmf/.SVG ...
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Why do some maps show Sandy Island?

I need to ask you guys after reading this article. Any speculations on why some maps showed it? What can be the cause of inaccuracies in (web)Maps?
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Seeking xyz basemap catalog? [closed]

I've been using cartodb odyssey.js for a couple of months and the https://khms1.googleapis.com/kh?v=152&hl=es-ES&x={x}&y={y}&z={z} XYZ basemap has sufficed so far. However, I'm working ...
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How can I view a KMZ on an iPad?

My work is finally catching up to the present and buying my group iPads. My group does extensive field work and currently uses giant laptops to run our GIS software, Google Earth being one of the ...
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How to measure length of line accurately?

In postgis 1.5 for the below given query the answer is 1540651.62674101 meters , SELECT ST_Length(ST_GeomFromText('LINESTRING(77.83042478941326 9.98463896136159,78.03469506809812 23.90398909552571 )'...
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Can ArcGIS layer be shown on Google Earth?

If we have a table in SQL Server which was used as layer in ArcGIS. Can the same thing be done in Google Earth? I mean does Google Earth support adding custom layers? If so how?
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How do I combine layers in Google Maps?

Though there are many answers to this question on the Web, I've found none that are recent or correct. The prevailing view seems to be that one exports a KMZ from Google Maps which one then edits in ...
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Labels missing after conversion from *.mxd to *.kml?

I've been trying to convert a map from .mxd to .kml for google earth. The map has municipalities labeled as well as train stations. When I save it and open it in Google Earth, only the train station ...
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Create a ground overlay kml from georeferenced raster

I have a world georeferenced raster (5m resolution, ~4000 x 4000 pixels) that I would like to display in google earth. I am looking for a simple and effective way to generate this kml file. Using ...
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Is there a way to syncronize the current view extent in QGIS with Google Earth?

I already have the openlayers plugin but it's not working has I need it and I wanted to have the same view on both QGIS and Google Earth. Any ideas? Update: I'm using the openlayers plugin which ...
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Establishing Default Query layer for Google Earth in “Map to KML” export from ArcMap?

I export a lot of maps for customers who request them from our office. Recently I have seen more and more requests for us to export our GIS into the .KML or .KMZ file type so they can be viewed on ...
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Google earth balloon not fully visible

When i load my KML on google earth, the balloon appears whole but when I embed on a webpage using the embedKML tool, the data in the balloon (In this case a table) appears to be cut. The close button ...
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regionating vector data for use in Google Earth

Does anybody know of free/open source tools to regionate vector (kml) data, like the regionate tool in Google Earth Pro (see http://support.google.com/earth/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=175007)? I ...
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Why do zones differ for WGS84 UTM in Google Earth Pro vs. in QGIS 3.4?

For example, zone UTM zone 12S in Google Earth Pro contains southern UT and AZ... while in QGIS, zone 12S appears to be in the southern hemisphere. Probably a ridiculous question, but not quite sure ...
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Live KML from PostGIS to Google Earth

Is there a way to bring data from a postGIS database into Google Earth to view live? I know of the asKml function in PostGIS, but I'm interested to know if anyone had managed to hook up a kml so that ...
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Accuracy of ruler in Google Earth Pro?

I use Google Earth Pro (7.1) on a daily basis to assess the acreage of US agricultural fields using the GE ruler. What is the accuracy we can expect from Google Earth Pro for surface calculation? (...
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Changing coordinate system of QGIS layer to projection of Google Earth?

How do I change the coordinate value of a vector layer (13293061,-572595) to 119.413,-5.13677 (vector data & Google Earth do not match)? If I output my data using Google Earth as background, the ...
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Where can I find information concerning rivers?

I'm looking for information I can visualize in Google Earth concerning rivers, such as rapids, put-in points, take-out points, campsites, etc. Any idea how I can look for this kind of information?
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Extracting desired values from KML file using QGIS?

I have a kml file of roads that I would like to convert into a shapefile using QGIS, I understand that this should be a straightforward task however I am running into the issue of extracting necessary ...
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Slight translation with coordinate-transformation from Gauss-Kruger to WGS 84. Possible Reasons?

I have a number of points in Gauss-Kruger, Zone 3 that I want to convert to display them within Google-Earth. Assuming WGS84 for Google-Earth the transformed coordinated differ from the original ones ...
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Modifying straight line segments to follow geodesic / great circle paths using QGIS?

I have a kml file showing a dodecahedron stretched across the surfce of a globe, which I downloaded here: http://montalk.net/cgi-bin/coordinates.py I would like to re-project this dodecahedron so I ...
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What are alternatives to ArcGIS for Desktop and Google Earth for these requirements?

I currently have a python script that will take in data and output it as a KMZ file, which I then open in Google Earth on my desktop. The data has two views; a 3D polygon tower (clustered data) and ...

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