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February saw two new countries, Ghana and Senegal, added to Street View.

A lot of new imagery was added to ‘historical imagery’ and we had a look at some of the landslides caused by the Kaikora Earthquake and wildfires in Chile. We also took another look at the extent of the Chile wildfires using Landsat and Sentinel imagery. Earlier in the month we had a look at imagery relating to cyclone NADA-16, that struck the east coast of India, imagery relating to an earthquake in Indonesia and imagery relating to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/best-google-earth-february-2017.html

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Recently, one of our GEB readers pointed us to a Google Earth Engine Timelapse of and open pit mine near Bełchatów, Poland. We thought it would be interesting to do animations of it and other open pit mines using Google Earth imagery.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/animating-open-pit-mines-google-earth.html

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DigitalGlobe recently released this article which highlights the use, by the Associated Press, of high resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite to combat slavery on fishing ships. You can read various Associated Press stories on slavery here and a story that specifically involved DigitalGlobe imagery here. The imagery is used to not only spot suspicious behaviour, but also identify ships from their masts and other distinctive features.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/02/digitalglobe-helping-combat-slavery-sea.html

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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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