Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

H1N1 Swine Flu Timeline

Using the Google Earth plugin I've created a timeline of the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak. The data comes from the H1N1 Swine Flu My Map.

Due to the inaccuracy of the data this map should be seen purely as an experiment. For example, the timestamps on the data seems to suggest that the outbreak spread from the USA to Mexico rather than the other way around. However the timeline does give a rough idea of how the outbreak seems to be spreading.

View the H1N1 Swine Flu Timeline.

Google Earth Tours Gallery

I'm completely enamoured with the new touring feature for the Google Earth plugin. I was working on a gallery of tours created for Google Earth but Google pipped me to the post with their own gallery. The only problem is that Google missed out a few of my favourite tours. I therefore decided to do a quick clone of the Google gallery with a few extra tours added.

Google Earth Tours Gallery

To view the tours you will need the Google Earth plugin. On some of the tours the sound may take a while to load, so if you have problems with the sound simply pause the tour for a while and give it some time to load. It is well worth the wait!

The Minack Theatre, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea (minack in Cornish means a stony or rocky place). The theatre is located near Porthcurno, 4 miles from Land's End in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

The theatre was the brainchild of Miss Rowena Cade, who lived at Minack House overlooking Porthcurno Bay. In 1929 a local village group of players had staged Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a nearby meadow, repeating the production the next year. They decided that their next production would be The Tempest and Miss Cade offered the garden of her house as a suitable location, as it was beside the sea. Miss Cade and her gardener made a terrace and rough seating, hauling materials down from the house or up via the winding path from the beach below.

View a video of the Minack Theatre on Google Maps

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Google Earth Plugin 5

This week Google released an update for the Google Earth Plugin that added many of the new features that were recently introduced in version 5 of Google Earth. These features include bathymetry (mapping of the sea floor), the ability to create tours and Google Mars.

I think my favourite feature is the ability to create narrated tours. Here are three I created this week:

Re-enactment of the Crash of Flight 1549

This tour follows the flight path of the flight of 1549, from take-off until it crashed in the Hudson River. Whilst following the flight you can listen to the actual conversation between the pilot and the control tower. The recording is created from the eight audio tapes released by the FAA.

Mars' Victoria Crater

This tour of the Victoria Crater on Mars uses a podcast from NASA for the narration. I think the tour demonstrates the educational potential of the latest version of the Google Earth plugin. I think it looks pretty stunning as well.

Mount Redoubt

To demonstrate how the Google Earth plugin can also be used to illustrate the news I created this narrated tour of Mount Redoubt. The narration is from a press briefing by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The briefing was held after the eruption of Mount Redoubt on Sunday March 22.