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      Description
    • A virtual globe is a 3D software model or representation of the Earth or another world.
    • A virtual globe provides the user with the ability to freely move around in the virtual environment by changing the viewing angle and position.
    • Compared to a conventional globe, virtual globes have the additional capability of representing many different views on the surface of the Earth.
    • These views may be of geographical features, man-made features such as roads and buildings or abstract representations of demographic quantities such as population.
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    KML & KMZ
    • KML, or Keyhole Markup Language, is the grammar and format for files displayed in Virtual Globes.
    • Learn about KML
    • A KMZ file is a compressed version of a KML file.
    • ~14,000 KML/KMZ files for individual field activities (navigation, times, and as available seismic, photos, samples), thematic collections of field activities (by platform, participant, organization, project, year), facility locations, and training are within InfoBank.

    Online Virtual Globes include:

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