Google Earth KML files of famous explorations such as Marco Polo and Lewis & Clark.
MyReadingMapped has over 65 interactive Google Maps of the following that have Google Earth KML files already for you to use. Each map has as many as 200 locations in a single map. I refer you to my blog for two reasons: 1) in some cases the Google Map is better to use than its Google Earth KML file, 2) because I am constantly upgrading and improving the maps when I find something new, and in order for you to access the most recent version of the map, I need to be able to edit and update the list of KML files in my Google Docs account. If you check back every once and a while, you will always have the latest version of the map.
In many cases, what I have done is taken a list of Wikipedia provided coordinates that you had to tediously look up one-by-one, and I combined them into maps that make it easier for you to find them all in a single map. And, I sorted them based on specific areas of interest in separate maps.
I provided some samples below:
- Famous explorations such as Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark, Henry Morton Stanley, Ernest Shackleton, William Barentsz, Mungo Parks, Xuanzang, Benjamin of Tudela, Captain Bligh, Alexander the Great and more. Each location is determined based on a book by the explorer, or historian, and contains a quote from the book acknowledging the location and a page reference so that you can follow the book in the map and see the actual forts, palaces, ruins, villages described in the eBook link I provide.
Try Marco Polo:
- Environmental disasters including the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean Garbage Patches, based on Wikipedia's list of environmental disasters.
- Sunken ships of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, North Sea, and Great Lakes, based on Wikipedia's list of sunken ships.
Try the Sunken Ships of the Pacfic:
- Ship grave yards that contains hundreds of ships that can be seen in and above water
- Oceanic trenches and other undersea phenomena, based on Wikipedia's list of oceanic topography
- Hundreds of ancient ruins in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the United States, based on various Wikipedia list of ruins.
The anicent and other ruins of Asia: