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geo sitemap: GWT incorrectly reporting "Invalid XML tag"

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My site's URL (web address) is: http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au
Description (including timeline of any changes made):
I have been using a geo sitemap for the kml files on our web site for more than a year now. About a week ago I added two new kmz files to the geo sitemap and now GWT is reporting "Invalid XML tag" for all lines in the geo sitemap.
Error message:
"Invalid XML tag"
"This tag was not recognized. Please fix it and resubmit."
"Parent tag: url Tag: geo"
Geo sitemap file: http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/sitemap-geo.xml
Example line: <url><loc>http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/travel/hokkaido.kml</loc><geo:geo><geo:format>kml</geo:format></geo:geo></url>
This appears to be correct and following the format in the Google example here: http://code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation/kmlSearch.html
Any suggestions?
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I'm seeing the same warning.
Resubmitting the sitemap did nothing.
My geo sitemap is also correctly formatted as defined in: http://code.googlecom/apis/kml/documentation/kmlSearch.html.
We are seeing this same warning on our geositemaps. We have tried to resubmit but keep getting the same error. Here is the screen shot http://screencast.com/t/BmHvdI90 of the error.
I have the same exact problem. I submitted a new sitemap a few days ago and got the same warning. Google Webmaster seems to be having a problem with: <geo:geo> It was never a problem in my previous geo sitemaps. In fact it is exactly the same code as the examples Google gives.
I am having the same problem and it drives me up a wall when things like this happens as I spend way to much time in it.
My website is http://chrisjonesinsurance.com
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:geo="http://www.google.com/geo/schemas/sitemap/1.0">
A answer to this would be appreciated....... Thanks Google
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That's a warning, not an error. Strange nevertheless. I have escalated it.
Milos Korac
Milos Korac
confirming solution, remove following lines:

<geo:geo> <geo:format>kml</geo:format> </geo:geo>

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