Earth Survey Mobile (ESMobile)

This page briefly describes free applications that run in the Google Earth mobile client. Please install Google Earth on your Android or iDevice and return to this page to learn more. Additional documentation is provided by the ESMobile white paper.

ESMobile tools do not work in Google Earth 8.0. This currently affects only Android devices with OS 3.0+. See this forum post to restore version 7.

ESMobile is a collection of tools that run in Google Earth 6.2+ on an Android device with OS 2.1+ or an Apple iDevice. A WiFi or 4G Internet connection is recommended. Earth Survey applications that were written for the desktop will not run on a mobile device because of user interface, feature, and style differences. The tools listed here are components from HCBM, NGSCS, PLSGE, and QUADS that have been modified to run on a tablet or smartphone.

Unlike Android or iDevice apps, ESMobile tools are not installed. For best results, open Google Earth and navigate to your area of interest first. Then open this webpage in a mobile browser, tap the tool name, and choose to open the file in Google Earth. If your browser does not offer a choice of apps, but instead opens the file in another window, then long press the tool name, save the file on your device, and open it with a KML-aware file manager.


City of Tampa Benchmarks (COTBM-m)

COTBM-m is a KML document that plots the approximate location of City of Tampa benchmarks. Station balloons contain all information supplied by the City of Tampa Survey Section source document. See the HCBM web page to learn more about this layer.

Hillsborough County Benchmarks (HCBM-m)

HCBM-m is a KML document that plots the approximate location of Hillsborough County benchmarks from the LABINS database. All station balloons have links to the corresponding LABINS datasheet, and stations with an NGS PID also have links to the NGS database. See the HCBM web page to learn more about this layer.

National Hydrography Dataset (HYDRO-m)

HYDRO-m is a KML network link that plots multiresolution images of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) from the EPA Office of Water NHDPlus v2.1. The service includes NHD point, line, and area features with labeled flowlines and waterbodies. See the QUADS web page to learn more about this layer.

NGS Control Stations (NGSCS-m)

Please be considerate of your fellow users and the National Geodetic Survey's limited resources. Avoiding unnecessary view changes and clearing the map when not in use will help ensure the availability of this tool. Thank you.

NGSCS-m is a KML network link that plots the approximate location of NGS control stations within the viewer bounding box (Rectangular Search). Areas up to 5' x 5' (arc minutes) are permitted. Station balloons contain all information supplied by the NGS station list server and a link to the full NGS datasheet. See the NGSCS web page to learn more about this layer.


Public Land Survey System (PLSS-m)

PLSS-m is a KML network link that plots multiresolution images of the Public Land Survey System from the BLM GeoCommunicator map service. See the PLSGE web page to learn more about this layer.

USGS Quadrangle Index (QUADS-m)

QUADS-m is a KML network link that plots approximate USGS quadrangle boundaries and provides direct access to 121,593 GeoPDF maps, including scans of the last historical paper map in all available grid sizes. All quadrangle balloons contain name, primary state, nominal grid size, scale, imprint year, and file size information with a link to the corresponding GeoPDF map. See the QUADS web page to learn more about this layer.

USGS Topo Maps (TOPO-m)

TOPO-m is a KML network link that plots multiresolution images of USGS topographic-bathymetric quadrangle maps from the National Geographic TOPO! series. See the QUADS web page to learn more about this layer.

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