Celebrate Earth Day-KMZ style!

Happy Earth Day geology enthusiasts!

We are celebrating Earth Day by announcing our new WA State geology Google Earth overlays! Have you ever wished you could view the surface geology information that we offer on our portal as a Google Earth overlay? Now you can! We have generated 39 .kmz files (one per county) that allow the user to visualize simplified versions of our 1:100,000 kilometer-scale surface geology maps in the Google Earth environment. Users can take advantage of functionality native to the Google Earth program, such as terrain generation (pseudo-3D visualization), overlays, and transparency, while using place markers and other Google Earth features to which they are accustomed. The overlays provide geologic information such as age of rock units, presence of major faults, and basic lithology, giving users the ability to observe Washington geology and how it interacts with land features.

Screen shot of King County .kmz file showing 100K-scale surface geology draped on the Google Earth viewer's pseudo-3D terrain.
Screen shot of King County .kmz file showing 100K-scale surface geology draped on the Google Earth viewer’s pseudo-3D terrain.

To download our Google Earth surface geology overlays and to get further information on how to use them, please visit our GIS data webpage and scroll down to “Google Earth 1:100,000 Scale Surface Geology 3D Overlays” at the bottom of the page.