Planet Earth meet Google Earth

I hadn’t really planned on writing about Planet Earth, the series that premiered last night on Discovery and Discovery HD Theater.  This may be blasphemous, but I’m not much of a nature show kind of guy.  I don’t watch much on Animal Planet at all, I’m more of a Dirty Jobs/Mythbusters/Future Weapons kinda person.  Since the company was making such a big deal out of it, I figured I’d watch an episode and see what all the fuss was about.

I had no idea that it was going to completely blow me out of my seat.  The footage that they have on there is nothing short of astonishing.  I didn’t know at the time, but apperantly there was an entire online aspect of the program too.  I learned about it through Jannita’s blog post.  The first link that I followed was the Google Earth link, and I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much time I’ve spent exploring!

I was never very good at geography, which is why I’m such a huge fan of Google Earth. It’s one thing for Sigourney Weaver to describe where a mountain range is, but quite another to see it on the globe embedded into the satellite imagery.  And then to be able to fly around the map and watch videos related to each location just by clicking on them, is nothing short of amazing. 

Got ten minutes free at the end of class?  Add the Planet Earth pushpins to Google Earth and check out some of the most amazing nature footage you will ever see.

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