If Google Earth has inspired a generation of amateur geographers, Earth Explorer may be just the thing to help supplement that interest. The program offers a 3D rendition of the Earth spinning in space, next to a table of information on countries, cites, and islands. Clicking on any of the entries shows its location on the globe, and scrolling over the table provides data such as population, country size, and capital city. Users can zoom in on any area of the globe, displaying high-resolution satellite images, or calculate the distances between any two points. The program can be configured to display different views, such as those outlining rivers, major cities, or recent earthquakes. As a student resource, the program could certainly be invaluable, but anyone with an interest in geography may also find this a fun way to expand her global knowledge.
What's new in version 6.1
Version 6.1 adds support for living map and several important features for self-defines map.
Earth Explorer 6 is GPS Enabled digital map software with high-resolution satellite imagery, shaded relief topographic imagery and blending imagery of the two. It also include location information of 270 countries and regions, 50000+ cities, 15000+ islands and 50000+ earthquakes from 1973; And outline information of political boundaries, rivers, lakes, coastlines of the world. All those map information was integrated together for providing a total 3D view of our beautiful planet earth. You can place your own placemarks and path routes to the map, show GPS tracks on the map and keep them with the maps if you connected with a GPS device. Beside these, it has many other interesting functions, you can regard it is a kind of educational scientific software of geography. Key Features: 1. Support realtime satellite map GPS navigation on vehicle/ship/plane; 2. Support 30m-res satellite image(Landsat7) and 90m-res SRTM picture exploring in online/offline mode; 3. Include information of 270 countries and regions, 40000+ cities, 15000+ islands, 50000+ earthquakes from 1973 and vector layers includes political boundaries, coastlines, rivers, lakes, longitude-latitude grids; 4. User can add their own Placemarks, Paths, GPS Tracks to Earth Explorer; 5. User can define and add their own map style to Earth Explorer; 6. Support NEMA-0183 compatible GPS receiver; 7. Other functions like Measure and calculate distance and bearing between any two location, find by name, show day/night shadow effect, adjust Gamma. 8. Download maps to disk cache in background (Advanced license).