World Oil Consumption

Per-capita oil consumption for countries of the world based on data from the 2007 CIA World Factbook.  The data is formatted to show a ranking of about 170 countries.

There are two versions of the data.  One version is flat and shows the actual ranking on the country itself.  The second version shows a 3D outline of each country that represents their relative ranking.

World Oil Consumption

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CIA World Factbook

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CARMA Power Plant Emissions

The Carbons Monitoring for Action (CARMA) database contains detailed information about carbon emissions from 1,000′s of power plants throughout the world. The information includes generation capacity, tons of CO2 emissions, and owner from 1990 to 2007.

The data was compiled for Google Earth by www.thedaysarenumbered.com blog.  As you zoom in, more and more detail becomes available.

CO2 Emissions Database

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Carbon Monitoring for Action

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Tropical Atlantic Weather Data

An enormous  number of other weather-related overlays, including dozens (if not 100′s) of near real-time satellite overlays and loops, including everything from infrared images to sea surface temperatures to precipitation data to ocean wave graphs compiled by Tropical Atlantic.  There are too many to list, but if you’re interested in weather related satellite data, odds are you’ll find it included in this collection.  A detailed list of the data included is at their website.

In addition,  the collection includes real-time data (air pressure, wind speed, rain rate, wind direction, etc.) from the hurricane hunter aircraft while they fly missions in the Atlantic Ocean. The Tropical Atlantic website also has an archive of mission data dating back to 2007 and a detailed tutorial to help interpret the data.

Atlantic Weather

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Tropical Atlantic

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3Dsolar Addons

3D Solar is a great collection of several useful sets of data created by 3D Solar.  The layers include:

  •  Rapid Response System consists of near real time imagery captured by NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites.  New satellite images are released daily and they typically show something of interest, such as tropical storms, wildfires, volcanic ash plumes, and other large scale events that are visible from space.  The interface to load the images is a bit confusing.  You have to be careful not to try and load all of them at the same time.
  • MODIS Terra & Aqua - These layers do not appear to work.
  • USGS Ortho 1 meter - This layer will load black & white aerial photographs for the lower 48 United States.  These aerial photographs typically date from the mid to late 1990s.
  • USGS Topo Maps -  This layer will load the USGS Topographic maps for all 50 United States.  The scale of the map decreases automatically as you zoom in.
  • Landsat 7 IR1 - This appears to be a global mosaic of historical infrared satellite imagery from the Landsat7 satellite.
  • US Navy Cloud Top - Global overlay of cloud imagery updated every three hours.
More information about this addon can be found in the Google Earth BBS Forums.
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USGS Topographic Map

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World Fires in Real Time from FIRMS

This collection of placemarks shows near real time locations of active fires as identified by NASA’s MODIS satellite and the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) .  The data covers the entire globe and is updated every 2 hours.  Several other subsets of the data in KML format are available from the FIRMS website.

MODIS Fires

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NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)

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Historical Natural Hazards Database

Global database created by the National Geophysical Data Center which shows the locations of historic natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.  The database includes socioeconomic information (i.e. number of fatalities, injuries, and damage information) and scientific data (i.e. earthquake magnitudes, tsunami intensity) for hazard events dating back to before 2000 BC.  The data points are color coded to show the number of fatalities and each placemark contains a link to the NGDC’s online database, which contains additional details for each event.

Historical Natural Hazards Database

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NGDC Natural Hazards

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British Isles Radio & TV Transmitters

Large collection of placemarks identifying the locations of TV and radio transmitter sites in the British Isles.

The placemarks are color coded based on the accuracy of its location.  Yellow push pins have been positively identified. Red push pins are approximate locations.

british-isles-transmitters

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nigelww at the GE BBS

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Rumsey Map Collection

You may have already seen the Rumsey Historical Maps Layer that is included under the Gallery Layer with Google Earth.  But, you may not know that David Rumsey has also created dozens of other maps for Google Earth that are not included in the default layer in Google Earth.  These can be accessed by the KML link below.

These maps typically date before the 1850s and cover many areas of the world.   The collection will automatically update as new maps are added.

1000′s of other historical maps are available at the David Rumsey Map Collection website.

rumsey-map-collection

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David Rumsey Map Collection

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