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15 de Mayo 2006

Mount Merapi Volcano in Google Earth

"Mount Merapi is a conical volcano in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted 68 times since 1548. Its name means Mountain of Fire." from Wikipedia. Mount Merapi is currently spewing ash and rock and is at the highest level of alert prompting evacutations in the area. You can see this angry mountain in the satellite photos and 3D views in Google Earth with a little help from Volcano World. Volcano World keeps track of volcanoes all over the world. One of the Google Earth Community (GEC) members, who calls himself 'Herminator', created some network links, and wrote some code, to process Volcano World's data which allows you to check on all the volcanoes of the world from Google Earth. His network links include:

If you load "Current eruptions" for example, and open the folder in the Places pane, you will find "Merapi, Java, Indonesia" listed. Double click on it to fly to Merapi and see this colorful satellite photo in 3D. Open the placemark and you will get details and links to perform a Google Search or a Wikipedia search for more information. Very nice interface! Herminator was also the creator of the World Heritage sites which are now part of the GE Community Showcase.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 15 de Mayo 2006 a las 06:25 PM

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    It's called a strato-volcano, as opposed to a shield volcano such as Mauna Loa on Hawai'i. BTW, Mauna Loa is th largest mountain in the world. Notice I did not say highest above sea-level; that distinction still goes to Mt. Everest. However, Mauna Loa extends from the sea floor to almost 14,000 feet above sea-level. It's total height, as measured from its base, is about 32,000 feet. It is also the most massive mountain on the planet. Mauna Kea comes in at second place for those distinctions.

    Enviado por: GPH at 18 de Mayo 2006 a las 04:58 PM

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