10 amazing Google Earth add-ons

Maps from centuries past, paths of satellites whizzing by, global warming brought to life: User-created Google Earth mashups present a dizzying array of information in a new and imaginative graphical form.

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Take a Virtual Cruise

Back in the dark ages of the Internet, people were thrilled to log in to a Webcam on the other side of the world and see the trees outside someone's window, or the status of a coffee machine. Thanks to the incredible leaps in technology since then, these days you can watch the feeds from a Webcam attached to the front of a cruise ship sailing somewhere in the middle of the ocean. The Costa Cruise company has added real-time tracking, webcams and weather information for its entire fleet of ships. You can watch these vessels as they plough through the virtual waters of Google Earth; click on a ship's link to view its Webcam feed in a pop-up window.

Seeking out cruise liners that are navigating cold, rainy seas, for example, might make you feel better about being stuck at home.

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