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Yesterday we had a look at some DigitalGlobe imagery of Chile showing the damage caused by wildfires in late January and early February this year.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/exploring-chile-wildfires-landsat-sentinel-2-imagery.html

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Google has recently updated the ‘historical imagery’ layer in Google Earth. Unfortunately, because the Google Earth Plugin/API was shut down last month we can no longer make maps of imagery updates.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/google-earth-imagery-update-earthquake-fire.html

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If you ever get bored of Google Earth’s 3D imagery, then a fun thing to try is changing the ‘terrain exaggeration’. It is a setting found in Tools->Options->3D View->Terrain (PC) or Google Earth->Preferences->3D View->Terrain (Mac). This setting stretches or compresses the terrain vertically, and it also applies to Google Earth’s 3D imagery. It can give a whole new look to familiar sights.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/fun-google-earths-terrain-exaggeration.html

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While exploring Google Earths 3D imagery, you will probably have noticed that even in the busiest cities, people are largely absent. This is because of the way the 3D imagery is captured.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/people-google-earths-3d-imagery.html

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A record breaking launch by India, on February 15th, 2017, put 104 satellites into orbit including some 88 ‘Dove’ satellites owned by satellite imaging company Planet. The previous record for ‘most satellites launched in one go’ was 39 satellites and was held by Russia.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/record-satellite-launch-allows-planet-image-planet-daily.html

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Over the past few days a crysis has played out surrounding the Oroville Dam in California.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/oroville-dam-crysis-imagery.html

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Google Earth VR was awarded the Century Award for VR in service of environmental enrichment.

The Lumiere Awards (not to be confused with the Lumières Award (French film) or the Lumiere Awards (photography) ) are granted by the Advanced Imaging Society and recognise outstanding achievement in cutting edge content and technology.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/google-earth-vr-wins-lumiere-award.html

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Google has recently added Street View for the countries Senegal and Ghana. Some of the imagery is as old as 2015.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/street-view-comes-ghana-senegal.html

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Each year we celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a look at either heart shaped objects or romantic messages in Google Earth. Last year we had a look at heart shaped islands around the world.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/celebrate-valentines-day-google-earth-2.html

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We recently came across this story about someone in the UK who decided to protest a planned high speed rail line that will go past his house by writing a message in his back yard. The high speed rail line is named HS2.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/protesting-high-speed-rail-google-earth.html
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