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There were several imagery updates in May and we kicked off the month by showing an animation of all the imagery in Google Earth from the past year. The animation helped to show the seasonality of imagery, something we looked at in more detail last month.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/best-google-earth-may-2016.html
There were several imagery updates in May and we kicked off the month by showing an animation of all the imagery in Google Earth from the past year. The animation helped to show the seasonality of imagery, something we looked at in more detail last month. We had a look at a number …
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Terrapattern is a very interesting new online search engine for aerial and satellite imagery. It is still an alpha version and only covers a few cities in the US, but the potential is very significant. To try it out, just go to www.terrapattern.com, select a city, then select a map tile of interest and it will find other similar map tiles.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/terrapattern-search-engine-imagery.html
Terrapattern is a very interesting new online search engine for aerial and satellite imagery. It is still an alpha version and only covers a few cities in the US, but the potential is very significant. To try it out, just go to www.terrapattern.com, select a city, then select a map tile of interest and it …
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We were recently having a look at the historical imagery of Lusaka, Zambia, and we noticed that there is a lot of historical imagery for the last two years. There is an image nearly every week. Lots of historical imagery provides the ideal opportunity for animations, so here are two that we tried out.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/animating-lusaka-zambia.html
We were recently having a look at the historical imagery of Lusaka, Zambia, and we noticed that there is a lot of historical imagery for the last two years. There is an image nearly every week. Lots of historical imagery provides the ideal opportunity for animations, so here are two that we tried out. The …
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A couple of weeks ago there was this story about a fifteen year old Canadian boy who might have found a lost Mayan city. It all started as a school science project. Apparently he believed the Mayans may have built their cities according to star charts and using the locations of known Mayan cities and a map of constellations he found what he thought might be the location of a missing city. He then looked at satellite imagery of the location and saw some ‘linear features’ suggesting something might be there.
http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/lost-mayan-city-probably-wasnt.html
A couple of weeks ago there was this story about a fifteen year old Canadian boy who might have found a lost Mayan city. It all started as a school science project. Apparently he believed the Mayans may have built their cities according to star charts and using the locations of known Mayan cities and …
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The kid tried and made some good hypothesis. The criticism that he is getting is unwarranted. After all, he is 15. He should be applauded for his efforts, and it okay that he might be wrong. I hope he keeps trying.
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Google has recently done a minor imagery update. The only May image is a DigitalGlobe image of the Fort McMurray wildfire, although it does not include Fort McMurray itself. When we looked at the Fort McMurray wildfire a few days ago we noted that there is a wide variety of satellite imagery available. However, most of it is low resolution imagery not suitable for Google Earth and the high resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe is false colour imagery. We thought this might be a good time to make some observations about false colour imagery.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/false-colour-imagery.html
Google has recently done a minor imagery update. The only May image is a DigitalGlobe image of the Fort McMurray wildfire, although it does not include Fort McMurray itself. When we looked at the Fort McMurray wildfire a few days ago we noted that there is a wide variety of satellite imagery available. However, most …
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We recently had a query from a GEB reader about the imagery near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and we noticed an oddity that we thought worth sharing. The same aerial imagery has been obtained from three different sources, processed in three different ways and assigned three different dates. This highlights the fact that the dates on aerial imagery from third parties should not be relied upon.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/aerial-imagery-oddity.html
We recently had a query from a GEB reader about the imagery near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and we noticed an oddity that we thought worth sharing. The same aerial imagery has been obtained from three different sources, processed in three different ways and assigned three different dates. This highlights the fact that the dates on aerial …
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Google has recently pushed out another imagery update. We have mapped out the approximate locations of imagery for March, April and May, 2016. The last update we did maps for was this one. There was a minor update since then, but we did not generate maps other than identifying that there was only one image from May at the time and it was of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/google-earth-imagery-update-laplace-tornado.html
Google has recently pushed out another imagery update. We have mapped out the approximate locations of imagery for March, April and May, 2016. The last update we did maps for was this one. There was a minor update since then, but we did not generate maps other than identifying that there was only one image …
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Last week we talked about how American actor Shia LaBeouf had been tweeting a cryptic message using geographic coordinates that we expected would spell out “Take me anywhere”. It turns out that that guess was correct and that he meant it literally. Together with artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö & Luke Turner he will be tweeting a location where anyone can go and pick him up and take them anywhere. Once at a new destination, they will again tweet the coordinates and await a new lift.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/take-labeouf-ronkko-turner-anywhere.html
Last week we talked about how American actor Shia LaBeouf had been tweeting a cryptic message using geographic coordinates that we expected would spell out “Take me anywhere”. It turns out that that guess was correct and that he meant it literally. Together with artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö & Luke Turner he will be tweeting …
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As our regular readers know we maintain a map of areas that have Google’s 3D imagery. We not only track current coverage but also have a timeline. Google has been adding to the area covered with 3D at a fairly consistent rate for the last two to three years. Increasingly, however, the 3D imagery additions are updates to previously existing areas rather than new coverage. These are much harder to track, so we do not know just how much has been updated in this manner. Over the past month or so almost every update has been an update to a previously existing area with only minor extensions and occasionally deletions (which we largely do not bother to track).

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/3d-imagery-slow.html
As our regular readers know we maintain a map of areas that have Google’s 3D imagery. We not only track current coverage but also have a timeline. Google has been adding to the area covered with 3D at a fairly consistent rate for the last two to three years. Increasingly, however, the 3D imagery additions …
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We came across this interesting article which suggests that Mars may have not only had large seas, but that may have experienced gigantic Tsunamis, the results of which can be seen to this day. If you want to see what oceans would have looked like on Mars, see this post.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/getting-hirise-imagery-google-mars.html
We came across this interesting article which suggests that Mars may have not only had large seas, but that may have experienced gigantic Tsunamis, the results of which can be seen to this day. If you want to see what oceans would have looked like on Mars, see this post. The article mentions the use …
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American actor Shia LeBeou has been tweeting a GPS coordinate daily since May 9th without any explanation. The coordinates are all near Denver Colorado. As pointed out in this article, the geographic features at each location resembles a letter of the alphabet. All the letters are clearly readable with north at the top of the screen which has the benefit of being readable in Google Maps.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/shia-labeouf-tweets-cryptic-message-with-gps-coordinates.html
American actor Shia LeBeou has been tweeting a GPS coordinate daily since May 9th without any explanation. The coordinates are all near Denver Colorado. As pointed out in this article, the geographic features at each location resembles a letter of the alphabet. All the letters are clearly readable with north at the top of the …
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On May 1, 2016, a wildfire started near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, According to Wikipedia, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,900 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history.
Google Earth does not yet have any imagery of the event, but various imagery providers have captured and shared imagery.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/05/the-fort-mcmurray-wildfire.html
On May 1, 2016, a wildfire started near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, According to Wikipedia, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,900 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history. Google Earth does not yet have any imagery of the event, but various imagery providers have …
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When Frank Taylor first saw Google Earth he knew it would be a popular phenomena. All sorts of amazing things were going to happen because of Google Earth. And, amazing things have happened, indeed, in the 6+ years since this blog was started. Over 2000 blog posts here are a testament to Google Earth.