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Google Earth For Dummies

David A. Crowder

ISBN: 978-1-118-05111-5 February 2011 360 Pages


  • This interesting guide covers all aspects of Google Earth, the freely downloadable application from Google that allows users to view satellite images from all points of the globe
  • Aimed at a diverse audience, including casual users who enjoy air shots of locales as well as geographers, real estate professionals, and GPS developers
  • Includes valuable tips on various customizations that users can add, advice on setting up scavenger hunts, and guidance on using Google Earth to benefit a business
  • Explains modifying general options, managing the layer and placemark systems, and tackling some of the more technical aspects, such as interfacing with GPS
  • There are more than 400,000 registered users of Google Earth and the number is still growing

Part I: Getting to Know Google Earth.

Chapter 1: The Earth According to Google.

Chapter 2: Finding Businesses, Places, and Things.

Chapter 3: Adjusting Your View on the World.

Part II: Personalizing Google Earth.

Chapter 4: Fine-Tuning the Program.

Chapter 5: Adding Layers and Points of Interest (POIs).

Chapter 6: Pinning Down Placemarks.

Part III: Becoming a Cybertourist.

Chapter 7: Going on Tour.

Chapter 8: Mingling with the Community.

Chapter 9: Importing Data and Images.

Chapter 10: KML: It’s Sorta Like HTML.

Part IV: Advanced Features.

Chapter 11: Designing with Google SketchUp.

Chapter 12: Designing with Google SketchUp, Part 2.

Chapter 13: Creating Polygons and Other Complex Structures.

Chapter 14: Digging Deeper with Google SketchUp.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Great Places to Get Coordinates.

Chapter 16: Ten Reliable Sources for Data Files.

Chapter 17: Ten Cool Tools.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Default Content of the All Layers Pane.

Appendix C: Latitudes and Longitudes of Major Landmarks.