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Google Earth: Impact Structures Goodness

Impact IconA few of you noticed that I’ve released some more impact structures/craters for your enjoyment in Google Earth. For those who don’t… I’ve released all 172 impact structures on earth, nicely categorised by continent or, if you want, just the top 25. Take your pick from the box on the right.

So what do you get? An overview of all the confirmed impact structures on this planet’s surface, including a description (with link to Wikipedia) and an indicator of the estimated size.

How to enjoy?

  1. Download Google Earth and install.
  2. Click on a ‘view’ of your choice. (box on the right)
  3. Wait a little for GE to show the craters and then select details from the newfound impact structures folder.

Feedback is welcome and be sure to keep an eye on the Google Earth page here.

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13 Responses to “Google Earth: Impact Structures Goodness”

  1. ThinkLemon » Blog Archive » Google Earth for Mac, alternatives Says:
    October 14th, 2005 at 3:38 am

    [...] This alternative isn’t a reality already. But it could be done. If someone, other than me, would implement a KML/KMZ parser combined with the Google Maps Api, you’d have a killer-app. (I’m looking at you, GEH) Although I must say Google Maps is no match for Google Earth as for the 3D experience. But the only thing you’ll need is a browser (Safari, Camino or Firefox), drop in your placemarks and enjoy the view. My experiments so far have led to implementing the top 25 impact structures in GMaps. You can view the alpha version in the lab (alpha meaning it’s severely broken). [...]

  2. Frank Taylor Says:
    October 18th, 2005 at 3:38 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve written about your collection in a story at the Google Earth Blog (www.gearthblog.com). Great job!

  3. Caspar Says:
    October 18th, 2005 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Frank, Thank You! :-)

  4. CW Massey Says:
    October 22nd, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    I fly over a crater just south of Atlanta, GA. It is located just southeast of Woodbury, Ga. Do you have any information on its formation? The center coordinates are N32 56 w084 32.5. Georgia Tech has an radio telescope near those coordinates. From the air, a very round ring of hills is very evident, especially with low sun angles.

  5. Caspar Says:
    October 23rd, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Hello CW Massey,

    From what I can see you’ve flown over the Woodbury Structure. You can find it in the SEIS collection for Google Earth, because it isn’t a confirmed structure, yet.

  6. Hans Nienhuis Says:
    December 20th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    So, that’s well done, Frank!
    The volcanoes and the earthquakes are already implemented in Google Earth, but not the impact craters.
    Thank you very much for doing this, now is the geological view complete! I’ve spent hours and hours watching it, flying over the craters and enjoying the amazed faces of other people watching me using this application.

    Only one question: the Size Indicators. Some of the structures marked into the SEIS March 2006 index have been researched the last two and an half years. Some are confirmed, others rejected, ans an few ones turned out to have an other size than showed with the Size Indicator.

    Ik would like it to hold the application up to date (at least at my own computer), so can you tell me how I can change the size of some of the Size Indicators?

  7. Caspar Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Hello Hans,

    I’m afraid the collection isn’t as up to date as I’d like it to be. Maybe if I can find some time in the near future.

    The size indicators are generated according to geographic coordinates. There probably isn’t an easy way to change these. Maybe in the ‘pro’ version of Google Earth?

  8. Hans Nienhuis Says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Thank you very much for your answer, Caspar.
    (I’m sorry for calling you Frank.)

    I have tried to adapt the size indicators and nothing seems to work. Probably you’re right and Google Earth Pro is needed for that. But paying 400 euros (~$500) for a possible chance to fix only a few size indicators… Hmm, not done with my student income of €230 a month. ;-)

    But the application for the confirmed craters is working very well.
    Thanks to this application I ‘discovered’ the two craters in shouth Germany (less than 400 miles from my home in Holland), for a meteorology student a interesting and affordable place to visit in the next summer. The application self is actually just like a camp fire: it’s hard to stop looking at it.

  9. mihai stanciulescu Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    hi hans!
    are you still in deventer?!

  10. Hans Nienhuis Says:
    January 5th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Actually not, mihai. Since a few years i’m now at Wageningen, some 40 kilometres south of Deventer. Still pretty close by.

    Ontopic about the craterapplication: it’s still in thankful use here. @Caspar: here is at least one persistant and frequent user of it.

  11. Bob Riccardo Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 3:05 am

    To anyone. What is the structure at the southeastern end of Madagascar? It’s circular and and about 40 miles wide. Thanks Much!

  12. Bob Riccardo Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 3:06 am

    To anyone. What is the structure at the southeastern end of Madagascar? It’s circular and about 40 miles wide. Thanks Much!

  13. Bob Riccardo Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Their are also 2 structures just west of Antsely Madagascar.

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