We don't mean to bang the Google drum sohard, but it's tough not to when the beat sounds so sweet. They keep topping themselves with sick widgets, helpful tools, and excellent timewasting technology. Their latest piece of awesome is in partnership with the Eco Everest Expedition and the International Center For Integrated Mountain Development. Together, they've created a "Hima-layer" that enables you to zoom in and out of the Everest region, where you can discover videos, photographs, modeling and up to the date "dispatches" as Eco Everest conducts scientific experiments to study the impact of climate change on glacial features. Hey — it beats sitting around and eating power bars while acclimatizing and waiting on the Chinese.
Click on this link to download the Eco Everest Google Earth layer and Google Earth itself, if you don't already have it. Just be prepared to lose your afternoon. — Ted Alvarez