Range Rings for Google Earth (RINGS)
RINGS is an online tool that draws concentric circles, an annulus, or a sector of an annulus in Google Earth. Ring radii may be specified from 1 to 1,000,000 US survey feet or meters, and from 0.025 to 10,000 miles (1 mi = 5280 US survey ft), nautical miles (1 nmi = 1852 m), or kilometers. Line and area colors are selected from a 24-color palette, line width may be specified from 0.1 to 10, and area opacity may be specified from 0 to 100%.
© Google - Image USGS
Ring radii are integral multiples of the user-specified Normal Radius Interval, which in turn, is a multiple of the minimum radius interval. The minimum radius interval is 1 for feet or meters and 0.025 for miles or kilometers. A maximum of 200 rings may be drawn per query. To suppress index rings, enter 0 for the Index Line Width.
An annulus or sector of an annulus with arbitrary radii may be drawn instead of rings by selecting Annulus or Sector on the input form. To draw a disk or sector of a disk, enter 0 for the Starting Radius. To draw only the boundary of sectors and annuli, enter 0 for Opacity. Sectors and annuli that cross the antimeridian should be drawn with zero opacity to avoid a known Google Earth issue.
© Google - Image Landsat
Range rings are rendered as regular polygons with 72 vertices on the WGS84 ellipsoid using Vincenty's nested equations. The calculated vertices typically exhibit submillimeter agreement with the NGS online Inverse/Forward computation utilities.
Note: To save range rings from one Google Earth session to another, right-click on Saved Regions and select Save to My Places or Save Place As.