Thursday, June 24, 2010

2nd Draft Google Earth Tour of Potential Dam Sites on Boise river

This newly revised version of the Google Earth tour of potential dam sites on the Boise River includes elevation level lines depicting water levels of each dam. The tour also includes one photo representative of the dam site area. In a next draft version of this tour we may also try to add narration and music.

Idaho Rivers United Boise River Web site is providing more information related to these potential dams and public meetings that are being held.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Rough Draft Tour of Potential Dam Sites on Boise River in Idaho

Six sites for a new water storage dam are being studied by the Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Water Resources Board.  We helped Idaho Rivers United create a 2D Google Map showing these sites.  They are initiating a campaign to prevent any of these dams being built.  Here is a link to the IRU web page where information is available about this project.

This is just a first concept draft of this Google Earth Tour to demonstrate the 3D Guided tour possibilities to IRU and the ability to embed the tour to run on a Blog site.

Please note the "Controller Bar" in the bottom left of the tour window.  You can pause, the tour at any time.  Also note the Google Earth navigation tools in the upper right corner of the window.  When paused you can zoom in and out and move around the  map at your leisure.  When you start to play the tour again it will return to the place where it was paused.  (You can also move the controller bar slider back and forward when paused)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Salmon migration from Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho to Pacific Ocean

Anadromous Salmon smolts born in the Salmon River high in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho have to navigate the warm slack water and several Hydroelectric Dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. This tour travels the route they have to travel to the mouth of the Columbia and the Pacific Ocean, an elevation loss of 7000 feet and more than 900 river miles.

Note! Using the controller bar in the left bottom of the tour window you can pause the Tour at any time and explore photos and text related to each of the dams (Click once on any Dam Icon). You can click twice on a Dam Icon to fly down to a close 3D view of the Dam site &/or use the Google Earth navigation tools to zoom in, move around or tilt the view. When you want to return to the programmed tour click the play button in the controller bar again.

Google Earth Tour Mouth of Columbia River to Sawtooth Mountains

This is an experimental demonstration of a Google Earth Tour embedded in my Video Blog.  This is the long route that some anadromous salmon swim from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia, Snake and Salmon Rivers to the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho.  The elevation gain is about 7000 feet and the river distance is over 900 miles.