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Google recently released 3D imagery for Mount Fuji in Japan. However, we discovered that there are a number of squares of the imagery that appear only in low resolution. We have come across this problem before and interestingly another location with a similar problem is Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/3d-volcanoes-3d-data-corruption.html
Google recently released 3D imagery for Mount Fuji in Japan. However, we discovered that there are a number of squares of the imagery that appear only in low resolution. We have come across this problem before and interestingly another location with a similar problem is Mount Vesuvius in Italy. Mount Fuji, Japan. Mount Vesuvius, Italy. …
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In April this year the city of Kumamoto, Japan, suffered a series of large earthquakes. Google managed to capture aerial imagery of the city essentially during the event, after the first major event but before the largest shock and then captured another set of imagery from after the event.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/post-earthquake-kumamoto-google-earth-3d.html
In April this year the city of Kumamoto, Japan, suffered a series of large earthquakes. Google managed to capture aerial imagery of the city essentially during the event, after the first major event but before the largest shock and then captured another set of imagery from after the event. We had a look at what …
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The Erskine Fire was a wildfire near Lake Isabella, California. It was only one of many wild-fires that occur in the California region every year (there are an average of around 8,000 fires per year). According to Wikipedia, the Erskine fire cost US$ 19.3 million, destroyed 309 buildings and caused two fatalities.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/damage-erskine-fire-california-seen-google-earth.html
The Erskine Fire was a wildfire near Lake Isabella, California. It was only one of many wild-fires that occur in the California region every year (there are an average of around 8,000 fires per year). According to Wikipedia, the Erskine fire cost US$ 19.3 million, destroyed 309 buildings and caused two fatalities. We noticed a …
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Although Google has neglected to update ‘historical imagery’ in Google Earth since early June, they have been adding fresh imagery, and when it is reasonably good quality, it goes into the default layer and we can see it. One such instance is a region in Jiangsu Province, China which was struck by a deadly tornado on June 23, 2016. According to Wikipedia, the tornado killed at least 99 people and injured 846 others (152 critically).

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/the-jiangsu-tornado.html
Although Google has neglected to update ‘historical imagery’ in Google Earth since early June, they have been adding fresh imagery, and when it is reasonably good quality, it goes into the default layer and we can see it. One such instance is a region in Jiangsu Province, China which was struck by a deadly tornado …
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Although it is not directly related to Google Earth, Global Fishing Watch does use geographic ‘big data’, so we thought it would be worth covering.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/global-fishing-watch.html
Although it is not directly related to Google Earth, Global Fishing Watch does use geographic ‘big data’, so we thought it would be worth covering. Global Fishing Watch is a partnership between Google, Oceana and SkyTruth, which aims to track the world’s fishing fleets and monitor where they fish. This will help to identify illegal …
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The next couple of days will see two significant launches for satellite imaging. If all goes well, the first launch will be four SkySat satellites owned by Google’s Terra Bella. They are expected to launch with a Peruvian reconnaissance satellite aboard a European Vega rocket. See the count down clock and more launch details here. The launch takes place from ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana. Next will be WorldView-4. It is a DigitalGlobe satellite with similar specifications to WorldView-3, the current leader in high resolution commercial satellite imagery. According to spaceflightnow.com the launch is scheduled to take place from SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/worldview-4-skysat-launches.html
The next couple of days will see two significant launches for satellite imaging. If all goes well, the first launch will be four SkySat satellites owned by Google’s Terra Bella. They are expected to launch with a Peruvian reconnaissance satellite aboard a European Vega rocket. See the count down clock and more launch details here. …
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A recent story in the news is about some ring-shaped geoglyphs in Peru. It took a while to find the correct location in Google Earth, as the given location ‘Quilcapampa, in the Sihuas Valley’ was not recognised by Google Earth.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/ring-shaped-geoglyphs-peru.html
A recent story in the news is about some ring-shaped geoglyphs in Peru. It took a while to find the correct location in Google Earth, as the given location ‘Quilcapampa, in the Sihuas Valley’ was not recognised by Google Earth. Once we tracked down the location, we were able to find quite a number of …
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A recent story in the news says that Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has asked Google to blur imagery of some military structures on Itu Aba Island (also known as Taiping Island) in the South China Sea.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/taiwan-wants-google-censor-satellite-imagery.html
A recent story in the news says that Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has asked Google to blur imagery of some military structures on Itu Aba Island (also known as Taiping Island) in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is a hotly contested area with several countries, most notabley China, building structures on the reefs …
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Artificial intelligence based facial recognition is improving over time. However, it is a bit too good at recognising faces as two recent stories illustrate. The first problem is Google’s automatic facial recognition as used to blur faces in Street View imagery, tends to err on the over eager side and ends up blurring faces of statues, people in paintings, and now even a cow.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/ai-facial-recognition-good-two-different-ways.html
Artificial intelligence based facial recognition is improving over time. However, it is a bit too good at recognising faces as two recent stories illustrate. The first problem is Google’s automatic facial recognition as used to blur faces in Street View imagery, tends to err on the over eager side and ends up blurring faces of …
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Malaysia and Tunisia have recently received their first 3D imagery. Tunis and Sfax in Tunisia and Sungai Petani in Malaysia.

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Malaysia and Tunisia have recently received their first 3D imagery. Tunis and Sfax in Tunisia and Sungai Petani in Malaysia. The interesting upside down triangle architecture of the Hôtel du Lac, Tunis. Constructions sites are the easiest way to work out the date of 3D imagery. This construction site in Sungai Petani, Malaysia, tells us …
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We have long had a fascination with cruise ships in Google Earth. Cruise ships represent a significant amount of area and deserve to be mapped, but because they move from place to place this poses an interesting mapping problem.

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We have long had a fascination with cruise ships in Google Earth. Cruise ships represent a significant amount of area and deserve to be mapped, but because they move from place to place this poses an interesting mapping problem. Some time back we had started making a collection of placemarks for various ships in 3D, …
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In yesterday’s post we talked about Landsat imagery and how in some locations there are only a few cloud free images per year. That was not entirely accurate as there are some places where it is practically impossible to find a cloud free Landsat image.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2016/09/cloudy-places-hard-photograph-space.html
In yesterday’s post we talked about Landsat imagery and how in some locations there are only a few cloud free images per year. That was not entirely accurate as there are some places where it is practically impossible to find a cloud free Landsat image. We were recently exploring the north-western area of Colombia (looking …
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This blog is not officially affiliated with Google. Google Earth Blog is dedicated to sharing the best news, interesting sights, technology, and happenings for Google Earth. You will find the most amazing and interesting Google Earth news stories and content you can download right off the site. Learn how to take data from your GPS, map it into Google Earth, and share it with friends or the world. Learn when new releases of Google Earth come out, hear about new technologies and features, or check out the links to dozens of other Google Earth web sites.

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.
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