How to Create a Radius Ring in Google Earth

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Google Earth is a powerful online map-making application. It merges satellite data with map images and, in some areas, even street views for a realistic and informative tour of the globe. With Google Earth, you can explore your neighbourhood or the world from your computer and plan trips; however, it lacks the ability to draw a circle with a specified radius around a point. To do this, you must use a third-party program or website to create a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file for use within Google Earth. KML files involve an implementation of Extensible Markup Language, or XML, to import geographic data into Google Earth.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Google Earth
  • Radius drawing utility

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  1. 1

    Enter the latitude and longitude of the centre point of your radius in a drawing utility. Some utilities are free stand-alone programs, while others are websites that will generate the radius ring for you.

  2. 2

    Enter the length of the radius you wish to have extending from your centre point.

  3. 3

    Generate the KML file. If you're using a website, download the KML file to your computer.

  4. 4

    Open Google Earth.

  5. 5

    Open the KML file. Your radius ring has been drawn around the specified centre point.

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