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Modified on 02/05/2009 09:44 AM by sara Categorized as Share
Google Earth is a free map viewer (public noncommercial use or commercial version) distributed by Google.


Install Google Earth

If you have not yet downloaded Google Earth, please visit http://earth.google.com/ to download and install the required software. Once this has been completed, you should automatically be able to open the software and begin using Google Earth.

For further information on the minimum system requirements needed to run Google Earth please visit http://earth.google.com/support/.

Install Cleanup Site Map Service onto Google Earth

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Once Google Earth has been installed on your computer, download the Cleanup Site Map Service For Google Earth. Google Earth should start, and begin to display the map service. If you do not see the Map Service, it may be because you have not "clicked" the radio button next to the content within the Google Earth window.

By default, Google Earth loads any new information to "Temporary Places". You may wish to save this information by choosing to "Save to My Places" when exiting Google Earth.



Using the Cleanup Site Map Service on Google Earth

There are numerous features to using the Cleanup Site Map Service that can be introduced here.
Google Earth with Cleanup Site Map Service

Google Earth with Cleanup Site Map Service


  • Site Status View and State View: Expanding the Cleanup Site Map Service by clicking the '+' will reveal two choices: 'View by Cleanup Status' or 'View by State'. The first choice allows selecting sites based on their cleanup status: complete (green), complete with use restrictions (yellow), or cleanup not complete (red). The second choice organizes datasets by state (as well as the federal data sets). A user may click one to many of the data sets to view them in this mode.

  • Site Information Balloon: This is the same information balloon shown through Google Maps, ESRI and this Google Earth. When the View by Cleanup Status mode is used, then facilities with multiple agency oversight will show dual agency listings within the balloon. Within the View by State only the selected agency is listed.

  • View-based Refresh: The content shares a maximum of 50 features per dataset viewed. These 50 datasets are refreshed when the map window is panned or zoomed. A benefit is to limit the clutter, and to allow for a robust experience. A final benefit is that the map content is always fresh from the server, and comfort is offered that a user will not be using old data. A disadvantage is that the user must ultimately zoom to see all the content. As this service develops, a mechanism will be introduced to allow a user to gain feedback when additional zooming is required.

All content developed and maintained for USEPA by Terradex, Inc.