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Google Earth impacts science

3 August 2006: The world’s scientists are increasingly using Google Earth’s digital globe, which has also attracted millions of non-scientists around the world. “Google Earth offers globally available data in a very straightforward manner,” Klaus Greve of the Geographic Institute at the University of Bonn said. “It’s also very appealing to researchers who were previously intimidated by GIS software.”

The Google search engine has now become useful for such widely differing functions as tracking diminishing ice sheets, locating crime scenes and monitoring volcanoes, etc.

The free Google Earth basic program consists of hundreds of thousands of satellite and aerial photos that are updated periodically. The increasing popular program allows users to view their homes or any other area of interest around the world in a matter of seconds.