3D volcanoes and 3D data corruption

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 … [Read more...]

Ring-shaped geoglyphs in Peru

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 … [Read more...]

Post-earthquake Kumamoto in Google Earth 3D

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 … [Read more...]

Taiwan wants Google to censor satellite imagery

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 … [Read more...]

Damage by the Erskine Fire, California as seen in Google Earth

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). … [Read more...]

AI facial recognition is too good, in two different ways!

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 … [Read more...]

The Jiangsu tornado

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 … [Read more...]

Malaysia and Tunisia get 3D

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, … [Read more...]

Global Fishing Watch

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 … [Read more...]

Ships in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

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 … [Read more...]