Part 2—Download and Install Software and Data

Step 1 Download Google Earth

  1. Access the Google Earth download page to download and install the free version of Google Earth for your operating system.
    1. Click on the to access the Google Earth Site. You will see the window shown below. On this page, click the Download Google Earth 6 button.
      Google e site
    2. A Downloads page will open. On this page click the Agree and Download button. Note: you may want to uncheck the "Include Google Chrome" check box.
      download page
    3. The download will begin. While the download is taking place, a Thank You page will appear.
    4. The program installer will download to your Downloads folder. The Downloads window will show the progress of your download.
      downloads progress
    5. Depending on your browser settings, the installer may start automatically; if not, follow the instructions in Step 2.
    6. At the end of the download, an alert box will tell you that the .dmg (Mac) or .exe (PC) file contains an application. Click the Continue (Mac) or Save (PC) button to finish the download.
    7. Depending on your system, the following alert may or may not display.ge_mac_dmg_contains_app

Step 2 Install Google Earth

  1. When the download is complete, locate the downloaded (.dmg or .exe) file in your Downloads folder and double-click it to initiate the installation. In some systems the installer will start automatically.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Typically, Google Earth is installed in the Applications (Mac) or Programs (PC) folder.
  3. On a Windows OS, open the GoogleEarthSetup.exe file and click Run. When installed, Google Earth launches automatically.
  4. Create a shortcut or alias to the program for easy access.

Step 3 Launch Google Earth and Explore the Program

Note: You must have a live Internet connection while using Google Earth. As you move around and zoom in and out, new images are downloaded to your computer on the fly from Google's servers. This step confirms that you have properly installed Google Earth.

  1. Launch Google Earth by double-clicking its icon in the Dock (Mac) or choosing it from the Programs list under the Start menu (PC). You will be asked if you want to open the program, Click OK.
  2. Because Google Earth is streaming images and data from the Internet, it takes a moment to launch. When it is running, you will see the main Google Earth window.

  3. If this is your first time using Google Earth, allow time to explore the features of the program. Practice turning layers on and off, zooming in and out, tilting and panning.
  4. Additional Google Earth instructions are available on the Internet in the Google Earth online tutorials . For the purposes of this chapter, you just need to focus on the navigation tools.

    Alternatively, this Google Earth Online Student Users Guide is a very complete and helpful tutorial.

Step 4 Download and Open the Permafrost Google Earth File

Before beginning to download the files and data for this chapter, set up a folder to store all of your work. Name it "Permafrost EET" and place it in a location that you can locate easily, such as on your Desktop or Documents folder.

  1. Click on the link below to download the Permafrost_EET.kmz file to your computer. To accomplish this, right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) the link below. Choose the option that will download the file to your computer. "Download Linked File..." "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." are common browser commands to accomplish this task. This is a large data file, so it may take several minutes to download. Permafrost_EET.kmz (KMZ File 3kB Feb24 11)
  2. When the file has downloaded, locate it and place it in the folder that you set up for this chapter.
  3. Double-click the file to launch Google Earth and open the file. If you have Google Earth running, choose File > Open from the drop-down menu and navigate to the Permafrost_EET.kmz file.
    1. Choose File > Open from the drop-down menu and navigate to the Permafrost_EET.kmz file.
      file open GE
    2. Single click to select the file, and click Open.
      select file
  4. Google Earth will open the file and zoom to the Arctic. In the Places panel, to the left of the map, look under Temporary Places and you will see the How Permanent is Permafrost? folder. If necessary, check the check box next to the label to make the project active. You may need to expand the folder and turn on (or off), some of the layers to get your map to match the one pictured below.
  5. When the project launches, a world map displays. It shows Elevation and Bathymetry. Also displayed on the map, in the center of the Arctic Ocean, is a Snowflake icon, indicating a link to the Introduction to this project.

  6. Turn layers on and off, zoom, and explore the map. You can always return to a location by double-clicking on the Introduction label in the Places panel or on the Snowflake icon on the map.
  7. Choose Google Earth > Preferences, click the General tab, and set the display option to allow files to "show web results in an external browser."

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