Google Earth

The geonames database is now fully browsable with Google Earth.

Google Earth

A Google Earth link over the geonames google maps presentation will directly open Google Earth at the same lat/lng and about the same zoom level.

A myriad of cool and nice looking icons from the GE collection are used to display the geonames feature codes thanks to the hard work of Thomas.

Valery has prepared a collection of GeoRSS blogs using the geonames converter, Thomas has created a placemark with the geonames features network link and Gerardo has written a short how-to view a RSS feed in GE using geonames.

Thanks to these efforts geonames has gotten a warm reception by the GE community and a couple of threads are prominently placed on the entrance page.

Thanks to Thomas, Valery and Gerardo.

Update 11 October 2006 : The geonames features network link is dead and had to be removed. We are working on an alternative.

Update 12 October 2006 : The network link was a placemark stored on google infrastructure on the bbs.keyhole site. For some reason it got deleted by a site admin. (This can happend with google. Some weeks ago they accidentally deleted their own blog – I am glad this blog is not hosted on blogspot;-) Msn still has the page in the cache, the placemark, however, has also been removed.

Update 13 October 2006 : The geonames features network link is now stored on our own server. A backup of the msn cache is here.


12 thoughts on “Google Earth

    • Is this what I need to have rivers, streams, and other water bodies to be labeled on Google Earth Pro?

      • It does include names for water bodies and it is certainly a way to find their names on google Earth. However it is not specializing in water bodies and there might also be other solutions.


  1. The geonames features link no longer seems to work. I get ‘access denied’ from that url. Any idea what happened?

  2. […] Geonames ist eine risiege freie Datenbak für Ortsnamen, die übrigens auch von Geotwain benutzt wird. Diesmal möchte ich einen sehr coolen Service von Geonames vorstellen – nämlich die direkte Einbindung in Google-Earth mittels Kml – so erhält google Earth auch Flussnamen, Distriktnamen und viele Andere nützliche Information! Die KML gibt es hier: […]

  3. I can’t believe the oversight of streams and rivers in Google. This has been a point of frustration to me for many years. Thanks for your geonames layer. It is very helpful.

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