The National Geographic Society is well known for the research they have sponsored over the last 120 years. Over 9,000 grants to increase awareness and share geographic knowledge have been award by the Society. You can explore the grant projects with Google Earth. Clicking on a place mark pops up a description of the project. The Google Earth overlay presents the breadth of the Society’s work is visually striking way. A link on each project description gives you the opportunity to support the NGS.
For more see: National Geographic Google Earth Grants Map