Google has a simple online GIS for Hurricane Sandy that you can use to display information from a variety of sources. (Use the checkboxes in the lower right margin to toggle data layers off and on. Data layers include information on weather, storm surge, emergency shelters, webcams locations, public alerts, traffic conditions, stream gauges and more.)
“Back in September 2010, we launched the first Street View imagery of the Antarctic, enabling people from more habitable lands to see penguins in Antarctica for the first time. Today we’re bringing you additional panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations that you can view from the comfort of your homes.” Quote from the official Google Blog.
Kelimutu is a volcano with three summit lakes on Flores Island, Indonesia. The lakes are typically different colors and often change colors. These color variations are though to be caused by fumaroles below the lakes which causes changes in water chemistry.
Every day Google celebrates a famous person or event and today they honor Nicolas Steno, one of the early pioneers of geology. The doodle features rock layers spelling GOOGLE and when they are clicked it does a google search for “Nicolas Steno”. Check it out, it will be gone tomorrow.
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