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I recall that in a past version Google Earth stored placemark data in XML files with a .kml extension. For my current version (5.2.1.1547) however, I can't find such a file. And when I save a placemark to a file, GE creates a binary .kmz file.

Are the XML data files gone?

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The .KMZ file is a zipped archive to hold the .KML file and any associated images:

KML files and their related images (if any) can be compressed using the ZIP format into KMZ archives.

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So you should be able to open the file in something like WinZip or WinRar to extract the .KML file, edit it and then update it.

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Thanks Chris. DQA (Damn Quick Answer) :-) –  stevenvh Sep 4 '10 at 9:55

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