netgeek06 over at digg writes, “As we stand waiting at the starter tree of the 2009 motorsports season, we’ve let our minds wander across the infinite expanses of Google Earth, finding these shots of the world’s top 15 race courses.”
Number 7 is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, near my house.
The second annual Amgen Tour of California started in San Francisco yesterday with the prologue running from the Ferry Building to Coit Tower.
Unfortunately, last year’s winner and 2006 Tour de France champion, Floyd Landis, will not be riding in this year’s Tour (both), but you can follow the teams in the peloton virtually, in real time, thanks to CSC’s Omnilocation and Google Earth.
Seven riders, plus the lead vehicle and broom wagon will carry a small GPS tracker. Using dynamic mapping developed by CSC, cycling fans to track racers and the peloton using Google Earth. This is a link to the Google Earth tracker and this is a link at CSC’s web site using Google maps.
ZDNet.com has an article on Google Earth‘s historical map overlays:
“Google skipped right past the third dimension and landed directly into the fourth (time) by offering historical maps on Google Earth. Now you can travel back in time.”
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See where your house ends up after the big one.
Take a virtual (that’s how I do everything now anyway) helicopter flight over the Hayward fault in California, courtesy of Google Earth and the United States Geological Survey’s Geologist Jim Lienkaemper.