Global Digital Elevation Data

Color shaded 90 meter elevation data for Google Earth. The data can be downloaded in GeoTiff files or viewed in Google Earth.

Find block that you’d like to view, click on icon in center then click on green link in balloon called “WWW Network Link”.

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Global Forest Changes

Large collection of overlays with focus on changes to forest cover throughout the world within the last several years. Overlays include:

  • Changes to Tree Cover by Year
  • Total Tree Cover by Year
  • Global Satellite Overlays for 2001-2005
KML Content Created By: Mark Mulligan of Kings College London
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Anthropogenic Biomes

Global map of anthropogenic biomes, which describe globally-significant ecological patterns within the terrestrial biosphere caused by sustained direct human interaction with ecosystems, including agriculture, urbanization, forestry and other land uses. Zoom out if it doesn’t show up right away.

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Phoenix Arizona Aeronautical Chart, 1948

Aeronautical chart of the Phoenix, Arizona area produced by the US Air Force in 1948


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Google Earth Library

NOAA Historical Map and Chart Project


Great Salt Lake Bathymetric Map

Bathymetric maps of the Great Salt Lake in Utah produced by Robert L. Baskin and David V. Allen, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources from bathymetric data collected between 2002 and 2006.

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Google Earth Library

Source Data
Bathymetric Map of the South Part of Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2005
 Bathymetric Map of the North Part of Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2006


Geologic Map of the United States

The 1:2,500,000 scale Geologic Map for the United States produced by the USGS (King, Beikman and Edmonston) dated 1974. It does not include AK or HI.

This is based on a 77 meg JPG produced by the USGS. The Google Earth version retains the quality and resolution of the original.

Text version of the legend

GIF version of the legend

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GE Library

Original Data
United States Geologic Survey


2007 California Wildfires

The Southern California wildfires of October/November 2007 destroyed over 1,500 homes and over 500,000 acres.  More information on the fire can be found at Wikipedia October 2007 California Wildfires.

This is an archive of various GIS data sets that were created during, and shortly after the fire and have been converted to be viewable with Google Earth. The following data sets are included:

  • Daily MODIS Satellite imagery courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC
  • Time animation based on GOES West Satellite imagery collected every 30 minutes during the first several days of the fires.
  • Data showing extent of fires from various sources
  • Placemarks linking to georeferenced photographs from several sources

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Google Earth Library
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