Using Google Earth (Free program) you can see a new way to view our world by adding ‘layers’ to Google Earth.
Instructions of use
- You need to have Google Earth installed on your machine first.
- Then go to the link of interest below by clicking on the heading
(eg. Global Tree Cover Map)
- Then click on the icon.
- Save the file onto your computer.
- Then open the file you just saved.
- Now under “My Places” (normally on the left hand side) expand the folder by ticking on the folder name.
Overlay showing the percentage of tree cover for North America, Europe, Oceania and Africa at a scale of 1 km.
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
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.
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.