Are your Global Volcanism Project placemarks up-to-date?

Hiding from the Search Party is not easy, so when I have been on the run for six days, even over a holiday weekend, I start to worry.  Have I hidden too well?   Have I given some really bad clues?   Have I finally made one bad volcano pun too many and they have decided to let me stay lost for a few weeks?

So I took a look at my clues and discovered two interesting problems. One is that sometimes in the case of volcanic provinces, the GVP placemark is placed in the middle of the province and not anywhere near the feature or features in my clues.  The other is that sometimes GVP adds new placemarks to their database.

In the case of this week’s volcanic hideaway, BOTH of those might be causing confusion.  In my most recent clue I have given a bit wider view of the area, and will try to be more mindful of where the placemarks are located in the future.

Also, here are instructions for how to make certain that you are seeing the absolute most recent GVP placemarks in Google Earth.

The Google Earth program comes already programmed with a “Gallery” of useful markers such as National Geographic Magazine,  European Space Agency, Webcams-Travel and of course volcanoes,  but those lists do not always link to live online databases.  If you are looking for me underneath  one of the little orange and yellow volcanoes in Gallery, you might not always find me.

What you want are the new hollow red triangle placemarks.

Placemark difference

(Left) The old GVP placemark with tooltip volcano data. Sometimes the older links no longer work. (Right) New GVP placemark with improved tooltip including photo

To get this, go to GVP and navigate to Learn > Products > Google Earth Placemarks.

Placemark navigate.jpg

On the Placemarks page, you will see two download options. The top one gets you a link to the holocene volcanoes network, and the bottom one ets you a link to the weekly activity reports network.  The top link is the placemarks you need. When you click the download link,you get a prompt to open now or download.

Placemark download.jpg

If you choose Open, you may have to tell your computer what program to open the download with. Google Earth will likely appear at the top of the list of choices. You may also check a box that tells your computer to always open these kinds of files with Google Earth.  If you choose Save, just be sure to remember where you save the file at on your computer, because you will need to navigate to that folder and open the file from there.

Either way, once you open your donwload, it will likely appear in the Google Earth sidebar as a blue link in the Places menu…probably at the bottom under Temporary Places.  To save it as one of your custom Places, just use your mouse to drag the link up into the main My Places folder so that it will be there whenever you run Google Earth.  As you can see, the new placemarks appear with the volcano names already visible. In a crowded volcanic area. This makes it MUCH easier to look over a volcanic zone without having to hover on each placemark to see what volcano it belongs to.

Placemark installed

I also recommend getting the weekly activity link. It displays placemarks of all active volcanoes as well as tooltips with a brief summary of the current activity.




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