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Google Starts Including User-Generated Maps in Search Results
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Google has now made it easier to find maps created by others using My Maps. They are starting to show links to completed user-generated maps when they deem it relevant to a query.

View Ice Shelf Break Up In Google Earth

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) released images earlier this week showing a large portion of the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica, 13,680 sq. km in size (5,282 sq. miles) began to break up at the end of the Antarctic summer.

Google Earth May Be Banned In China
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The Chinese government says it plans to crack down on "illegal mapping Web sites." Min Yiren, Deputy Director of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM), said there were around 10,000 online map Web sites in China, most displaying unapproved maps.

Google Earth Leads Geologist To Meteor Crater

Australian Geologist Arthur Hickman accidentally discovered a meteorite crater while using Google Earth looking for iron ore.

Dr. Hickman, from the Geological Survey of Western Australia sent the Google Earth picture to a colleague who was able to confirm that it was an undiscovered meteorite crater. The crater is now named Hickman crater.

The crater is believed to be between 10,000 and 100,000 years old and is 885 feet across.

Extreme Places On Google Earth
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Frank Taylor points out on his Google Earth Blog that a member of the Google Earth Community has put together an interesting collection of extreme places on Earth.

Watch The Lunar Eclipse with Google Earth
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A total eclipse of the moon occurs tonight and will be visible from South America and most of North America and you can use Google Earth Sky to find out when and where for your location.

Google Earth Adds New Images In Spain
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Google Earth has added some new imagery in Spain according to the Google Earth Blog.

Frank Taylor writes," There’s a noticeable new area of imagery on the eastern edge of Spain covering Barcelona, which is copyrighted "Institut Cartogrfic de Catalunya". This imagery is not particularly high resolution – I would estimate about 1 meter/pixel. Not as good as Digital Globe, which is 60 cm/pixel."