Google Earth Exercise #1
Objective: To explore some of the capabilities involved with satellite coverage
available through the free Google Earth program.
Process: Double click on the Google Earth icon on your desktop, or click on the
Start button, go into the Programs folder, then select Google Earth. x
Notice the "Layers" that can be selected. Be certain that Geographic Web,
roads, borders and labels, and terrain are checked.
Under the Search tab, type Texas A&M University, then press the Enter
key. This should zoom in to show the main campus.
To measure distances, click on Tools on the command line (or bar) then
select Measure. Note that you can measure distance along a line or a path
and that the units of measurement can be changed. On this edition of
Google Earth, you cannot directly measure area, but you can estimate of
compute it from measurements that you make.
Notice that you can move the map by grabbing (left clicking) and dragging
it over. With the controls at the upper right you can zoom in or zoom out,
rotate, and tilt the view. There is a compass indicator on the map and
North is normally at the top of the image.
Under View on the command line you can also add a grid displaying
latitude and longitude. On the Google Earth Plus you can key in
waypoints, tracks and routes from your GPS devices. With Google Earth
Pro ($300 license) you can compute areas automatically.
Note that you can also identify the latitude and longitude by the pointer
location at the bottom of the image.
Assignment: Use the Google Earth program to answer the following questions.
What is the distance, in feet, from the center of the Systems Administration Building of
the Texas A&M University campus to the corner of the property at Texas Avenue and
George Bush Drive?
What is the distance, in feet, from the center of the intersection of Texas Avenue and
George Bush Drive to the center of the intersection of Texas Avenue and Southwest
Parkway in College Station?
If you were to walk the perimeter of the main campus of Texas A&M University along
University Drive, Texas Avenue, George Bush Drive and the Welborn road, how many
miles would you walk (to the nearest quarter of a mile)?
What is the difference between the straight line distance from the intersection of
Southwest Parkway and Texas Avenue to the intersection of Southwest Parkway and the
Welborn Road and the distance if you follow the road (to the nearest 1/100 of a mile)?
What is the closest Interstate Highway to the town of Ozark, Illinois?
What is the straight-line distance between the Eifel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in
Paris, France, in kilometers?
Using Google Earth, what are the latitude and longitude of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris,
What is the approximate area, in acres, of the golf course property bounded by Texas
Avenue, George Bush Drive, Bizzell Street, and New Main Drive?
What structure is at 37°25’19”N 122°05’06.3”W ?
What is the structure at 30 39’23.32” N and 96 20’01W?
What business is located at the junction of Sulphur Springs Road and Holick Lane in
Find the Aral Sea and record its latitude and longitude. View its historical coverage and
record the years for the first and the most recent coverage. What is the trend for this
body of water?
First year of coverage:
Most recent coverage:
Use the street view feature of Google Earth to find a view of your home (or college
apartment, etc.) and use the screen capture (Print Screen) feature to place a copy of the
image below. If there is no street view available (if you live in a rural area, for example),
then do a screen capture of the best aerial view of your home and place a copy of it
below. Alternatively, you may do a street view of your favorite local restaurant.