NOAA Charts on Google Earth

Take a Google Earth image, lay a NOAA chart over it, and you get the latest weapon in the arsenal of computer-aided navigation. French company Magic Instinct Software has created a "mash-up" of more than 1,000 NOAA raster charts for the entire coastline of the U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska) and Google Earth satellite images available to view at

Users can pan left and right, zoom in and out, and even control the opacity of the overlay so the satellite image is still visible. We have no clue how it all works — and we really don’t care — but this made everyone in the office say "Way cool!"

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