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KMZ File Format

Google Earth Saved Working Session file

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KMZ is a file extension for a placemark file used by Google Earth. KMZ stands for Keyhole Markup language Zipped. It is a compressed version of a KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file. Keyhole was the founding company of the Earth Viewer software that Google Earth was built upon.

KMZ files can contain placemarks featuring a custom name; the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for the location, and 3D model data. KMZ files can be opened by Google Earth, or unzipped with a compression utility, such as WinZip on Windows, MacZip for Macintosh users, and Zip and UnZip for UNIX systems.

MIME type: application/vnd.google-earth.kmz

 

Learn more about .KMZ files:

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This was last updated in July 2010
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I looked this up because someone sent me a .kmz file and I could not open it up..
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I need to find out how to send a geographical location by e-mail, to be opened in Google Earth.
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Bought a Holux GPS device. One of the exportable file formats is KMZ. I'd not heard of it before.
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Downloaded a kmz file for use as a layer in Google Earth but I can't get it to work.
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