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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<h2>Your City in 3D</h2>

Not content with photographing, filming, or otherwise recording every nook and cranny of our planet, some people choose to spend their spare time creating virtual 3D models of real-life buildings to further enhance the immersive nature of Google Earth. Google encourages local governments and colleges to produce 3D models of their cities, towns, and campuses--and for those of us who don't have the resources available to institutions, it provides <a href="http://sketchup.google.com/" target="_blank">SketchUp</a>, software with which anyone can fairly easily create a 3D model of a house, school, office, shed, or treehouse. The <a href="http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/" target="_blank">Google Earth 3D Warehouse</a> displays the models, and your models may be selected to become part of the 3D Warehouse layer within Google Earth.

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