This week, Google Maps launched a new online gallery project for businesses, governments, and nonprofits. Already it’s being used by the National Geographic Society and the United States Geological Survey, among other organizations. It occured to me that these maps are going to be incredibly useful for writers in search of detailed geographical research, especially if it skews historical or scientific. Need a visual of seasonal sea surface temperature averages? A map of the Civil War? Google has you covered. You can find more information – along with links to the existing Gallery sites – over at the Digital Media Curator.