This collection of earthquake data displays large magnitude (6.5 and above) earthquakes dating back to 1900. Each earthquake is represented by a colored circle located at the approximate location of the epicenter. The color of the circle represents the number of fatalities and the size of the circle represents the the magnitude of the earthquake. In addition, the depth of the earthquake is represented by the height of the circle above the earth. In other words, the deeper the earthquake, the higher the circle is above the ground.
The information balloons also contain detailed information about the earthquake and links to webpages with more information. You can also filter the data by different magnitude ranges and use the time slider feature of Google Earth to view the data over time.
Note, when the file first loads you will need to expand the time slider to see some data.
The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program has compiled a database of earthquake faults in the United States which are believed to be the sources of earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 6 during the past 1,600,000 years. Detailed descriptions of many of the faults is provided via an online database linked to the fault lines in Google Earth.
The original data and KML files were created by the USGS and their partners. I reorganized the original files to make this dataset a little more user friendly. This is about a 7 megabyte download and might take a minute to process.
This map shows the exchange rate of different currencies throughout the world as compared against the US dollar in near real time. Just click on a country to view the current exchange rate.
The countries are also color coded to show how the exchange rate has changed over the last 30-days. Red countries have dropped against the dollar. Green countries have gone up against the dollar.
Highly detailed digital geologic maps of the US states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) with consistent descriptions (lithology, age, etc) from state to state. The original geologic data was from various sources and compiled by the USGS into KML format.
Click on a polygon to bring up information about that geologic unit. From there you can also access a more detailed description provided online by the USGS.
Each state is covered by a separate map and the size of the maps vary (Texas is 26 megabytes!!!) so give them time to load when you select a state. It may also take a minute or two for Google Earth to process the state map after it downloads. Google Earth may appear to have locked up as it’s crunching the data. You might also want to turn off the Terrain layer if the terrain bleeds through the map.
A huge database that shows the details of aircraft in flight visible in Google Earth. The database is constantly updated as new imagery is added and new aircraft are located. As of the date of this post, there are over 3,000 aircraft identified.
Graphical representation of Earth’s magnetic field on Google Earth. The data dates back to 1590 and you can use the time animations to watch how the magnetic field changes over time. Three overlays are included:
- Magnetic field direction
- Compass Needles
The time animations require a lot of data to process and might take a while to load all the images.
The Mineral Resources Data System was compiled by the USGS and describes metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world. Included are deposit name, location, commodity, deposit description, geologic characteristics, production, reserves, resources, and references for each location. The dataset includes information on over 300,000 locations throughout the Earth.
These are large files and may take a minute or two to load. Do not try to view more than one region/state at a time.
AWEKAS (Automated Weather Maps) is a network of weather stations located throughout the world. Click on a placemark to see weather conditions (temperature, pressure, etc.) at that location. Some locations also have live webcams.
The data is provided in several different languages.