Eldfjallanördást Exovolcano Excursion – Volcanoes of Mars in a free KMZ file download

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I have often contemplated hiding on Mars, and probably would, except for the fact that there are not very many volcanoes and they tend to all be reddish and rocky.  But that never stopped me from exploring them in Google Earth… well..Google Mars actually.

The trouble with Google Mars though is that the popup text with the placemarks isn’t quite as thorough as what Global Volcanism Program has spoiled us with. So I’ve taken it upon myself to produce a little add-on to suppliment Google Mars.

The following .KMZ file can be downloaded and opened with Google Earth.  The popup text is from Wikipedia including a Wikimedia image and a link to the Wikipedia article.

KMZ file at Google Drive

Also, if you want a little more, this site has additional .KMZ files you can run with maps and placemarks for Titan, Mars, Venus and Moon.  It is my observation that the Mars-Combined file causes Google Earth to sometimes freeze up due to the high-resolution overlays, especially if you zoom in/out or spin the globe too quickly.

Below is a sample of my placemarks over the Mars photo map from the other site.

Image from Google Earth plus overlay from planetologia.elte.hu plus my own KMZ placemarkers

Image from Google Earth plus overlay from planetologia.elte.hu plus my own KMZ placemarkers

As you can see I have also downloaded Venus..which will be a bit more of an ambitious undertaking than Mars. After that, I anxiously await Io.

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