Search the Earth for KML Files

Is this one of those duh huh moments for Google? They have finally given us the ability to search the Google Earth program itself for KML files. KML is a file format used to display geographic data in the Google Earth browser. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard. This is great new feature. After you search, it displays the results in the left panel and you can click away until your hearts content, or you can search for something else. Click the following link to grab Google Earth and many other free programs from Google.

Search is at the heart of everything we do here at Google. That’s why I’m excited to announce a new innovation in search available today in Google Earth. Users can now search through all of the world’s Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files, making the millions of Google Earth layers on the Web instantly accessible for geobrowsing and exploration. Last month, we encouraged you, our Maps API users, to create KML site maps for your mashups. Today’s launch is the next step towards making those sitemaps – and all of the world’s geographic information – discoverable by users worldwide.

To try it out, just start up Google Earth, zoom to a location of interest, and type in a search query. For example, go to New Zealand, and search for “Lord of the Rings.” You’ll see the KML results below the local results in the search panel on the left hand side. Source: Search for KML in Google Earth

You can even type a location and then search for something special around that area, such as Hawaii and Volcano, or Rome and Coliseum, and then scroll down to the KML results, then click a green sphere and the link from the bubble that opens, to see the KML file, if there is one available.