experience, I'm glimpsing a possible
forthcoming chronic disorder
interactive tool has become a time sink
in a productive and educational
way. High resolution image updates are
providing surprising details.
Anyone almost everywhere can now count
Avebury, hike the Inca Trail,
Picchu, and fly between monuments
exploring the landscape.
And the whole
is under control of our fingertips.
The extreme desert of Peru is
even more prehistoric geodesy than the green Salisbury landscape.
Faint wall marks appear
in fields around Avebury. From the huacas in Peru
to the Southwest desert, and in deserts elsewhere, one can
count circles, walls,
kivas, or sunken plazas with ease. The rooms and mounds at
Casas Grandes are
great to see from aloft, especially in stark
contast to the immediately
adjacent, old grainy view (top of following
Today (2006), dusty outline maps from
archaeology articles are coming to life in full
color. Tilting the view
and spinning around to appreciate the
surrounding horizon provides the
geographic context of previously vague, remote
ruins. And the
placemarks often provide useful contextual
information plus photography links.
I've had a ton of new fun
several placemark files. More links will follow,
and I'll update
existing files. Keeping up with the new wave of
educational IT advances
may detract from incomplete projects, but it is
also proving rather
irresistable. Enjoy the files, send along your
feedback, and watch for
early signs of Google Earth™ addiction.
is a free download.
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