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Old 06-20-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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How are you guys plotting distances and more importantly elevation changes in Google Earth?

I need to plot a course through my campus for us to test the bike we're building for my senior design project, and I need a plot of elevation as a function of distance.

I've downloaded the software (it's awesome) but I don't know how to use it!

I know KickflipJR has said he plotted elevation change before...

HELP!
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:30 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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DaX,

While I haven't used Google Earth much (maybe 10 min max), I have seen valuable information about elevation on Topozone.com.

Hope that helps.
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If you go to the "Tools" menu and select "Measure" you can plot lines or, even better, paths. At the bottom of your screen you may want to make certain that "Roads" is checked, but this kind of depends how hi-res the photos of your area are. The city I live in is very lo-res and it's hard to make out details.

As for elevation if you look in the lower-left corner of the display you will see the compass. Look under the compass and you will see an array of numbers. These numbers change as you move the mouse. The represent mouse pointer, longitude, latitude, and the final number is elevation.

I think you basically just need to calculate your elevation changes from point to point.
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If you go to the "Tools" menu and select "Measure" you can plot lines or, even better, paths. At the bottom of your screen you may want to make certain that "Roads" is checked, but this kind of depends how hi-res the photos of your area are. The city I live in is very lo-res and it's hard to make out details.

As for elevation if you look in the lower-left corner of the display you will see the compass. Look under the compass and you will see an array of numbers. These numbers change as you move the mouse. The represent mouse pointer, longitude, latitude, and the final number is elevation.

I think you basically just need to calculate your elevation changes from point to point.
Sounds about right. That's how I check elevations.
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Got it...thanks guys.
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