The entire Death Valley NP and the surrounding areas. It's been about a month of work. My wife is glad it's over. Most of the info was culled from park service and other maps, and visually - going over every inch over and over again.
- Over 400 miles of trails
- Every known land feature
- 179 mines and adits
- Springs, canyons, valleys and regions
- Clickable photos
- Many new trails you won't see in the books
You'll have a lot of fun with it but only if you do the couple items mentioned below. Specifically you'll love tilting the view so that you are seeing it from an oblique angle - not looking straight down.
Download the Google Earth File Here
Here are some important things to do after you open it:
The first is disabling some of the Google Earth Layers in the bottom left of the application. Please check or uncheck the layers as shown below. The reason to do this is to eliminate a lot of crud that clutters up the map view.
Next, here is how the Death Valley data is organized. You can select individual features. Unfortunately Google Earth does not alphabetize them.
OK you're all ready to go. Please use the tilt control, and if you don't know how, read the short GE tutorial below:
Viewing the Globe
Each time you start Google Earth, the Earth appears in the main window. The area that shows the Earth is called the 3D viewer. The 3D viewer always appears in Google Earth and shows you imagery, terrain and information about places around the globe.
Zoom in Using a Placemark
In Google Earth, a placemark is a visual notation that marks a location. Each placemark appears as a pushpin with a label. To zoom to the Grand Canyon using an existing placemark:
-In the Places Panel (see diagram below), locate the Sightseeing folder. You may need to scroll down to view this folder.
-Expand the Sightseeing folder by clicking +.
-Double-click the Grand Canyon place entry. Google Earth zooms to the Grand Canyon.
Zoom In and Out Using the Mouse
Once you have zoomed in using a placemark, you are ready to zoom in and out using your computer's mouse. To do this:
Zoom out from the Grand Canyon by doing one of the following:
- Scroll the mouse wheel down (toward you) a number of times.
- Hold down the alternate mouse button, drag the mouse up. Do this a number of times.
Zoom in to the Grand Canyon again by doing the opposite. In other words, do one of the following:
- Scroll the mouse wheel up (away from you) a number of times.
- Hold down the alternate mouse button, drag the mouse down. Do this a number of times.
Note - If you zoom in far enough, you view point tilts.
Zoom In and Out Using the Navigation Controls
The navigation controls appear in the top right corner of the 3D viewer. They offer the same type of navigation action that you can achieve with mouse navigation, plus some additional features.
To view and use the navigation controls, move the cursor over the top right corner of the 3D viewer. The navigation controls automatically appear whenever you do this; they fade from sight when you move the cursor elsewhere.
For now, just practice zooming in and out with the navigation controls. To do this:
If the navigation controls do not appear in the right, mouse over the area. The navigation controls appear.
- Zoom out by clicking the zoom out button .
- Zoom in by clicking the zoom in button .
You can also click and hold these buttons to zoom continuously.
Note - You can also use the zoom slider to zoom in or out (see diagram above).
Tilting the View
Now that you know how to zoom in and out, you are ready to look at the Earth in three dimensions. To do this, you tilt your viewpoint so that you can see elevation changes on the Earth's surface. This feature is an extremely fun aspect of Google Earth, particularly when you are viewing hilly and mountainous terrain.
Steep terrain of the Grand Canyon as it appears in Google Earth.
As with zooming, there are multiple ways to tilt the view. Try both:
- Tilt using the mouse
- Tilt using the navigation controls
Tilting Using the Mouse
To tilt the viewpoint using your mouse:
In the Layers panel, be sure the Terrain box is checked.
Zoom to the Grand Canyon. This exercise works best if you zoom to a viewpoint of about 35,000 feet (see Eye alt figure in the bottom right corner of the screen).
If your mouse has either a middle button or a depressible scroll wheel, tilt the view by depressing the button and moving the mouse up or down. Notice that you are looking at the sides of the Grand Canyon walls and the Colorado River appears at the bottom of the canyon.
If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can tilt the view by pressing the SHIFT key and scrolling DOWN to tilt the Earth to "top down" view, or scrolling UP to tilt the Earth for horizon view.
Note - The Eye Alt figure at the bottom of the 3D viewer refers to eye altitude (the elevation of your viewpoint).
Tilting Using the Navigation Controls
You can tilt simply by zooming in (see above). Once you zoom in far enough, Google Earth tilts your view.
Moving and Looking
In Google Earth, you can look around and move around. These are different and it is useful to know the difference. Looking around involves gazing from a single vantage point, as if you were turning your head. Moving around involves shifting your location from one place to another. Both actions change your perspective.
Looking with the Navigation Controls
To look around:
Move the cursor over right corner of the 3D viewer. The navigation controls appear. The Look joystick is at the top of the controls; it has an eye icon at its center (see above).
- Click an arrow to look in that direction.
- Click an arrow and continue to press down on the mouse button and drag outside the Look joystick to quickly turn your viewing angle.
- Click and drag the outer ring of the Look joystick. This rotates the view. To return to a north-up perspective, click or press N on your keyboard.
Moving with the Navigation Controls
To move around:
Move the cursor over right corner of the 3D viewer. The navigation controls appear. The Move joystick is in the middle of the controls; it has a hand icon at its center (see above).
- Click an arrow to move in that direction.
- Click an arrow and continue to press down on the mouse button and drag to move quicker.
Note - You can also move using the arrows on your keyboard.