[UPDATE OCT 11: The imagery is now also visible in Google Maps]
Google pushed out a new imagery update today – mostly 60 cm resolution satellite imagery. They haven’t given out specifics yet, but the updates are in U.S., Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Australia and New Zealand. Google has posted some clues to some of the locations in their post at the Google Lat-Long blog. The post does indicate that the imagery update touches over 130 countries and that it is a “significant amount of new or updated 60cm satellite imagery“.
If you find some of the new imagery, post a comment to this post and I’ll create a running list in this blog post.
Also, here are the clues – and answers (completed at 1545 EDT):
- I don’t mean to “flatter,” but this remote Northwestern cape is very beautiful. Answer: Cape Flattery – see here – answer by Lauren S.
- You can now explore the ruins of this ancient Mayan city, first discovered in 1934. Answer: Becán, Yucatan (see here )
- This small Peruvian village attracts many tourists each year for the Incan ruins atop nearby hills. Answer: Pisac, Peru – See here – Answer by Lynne.
- This city claims to be the southernmost city in the world, with approximately 64,000 residents. Answer: Ushuaia, see here .
- Home of the Russian Pacific Fleet, this city is also Russia’s largest Pacific coast harbor. Answer: Vladivostok, Russia – see here .
- Named after Saint Irene, though sometimes referred to as Thera, this island is a popular Greek tourist destination. Answer: Santorini, island off Greece – see here – Answer by David Newton.
- The Trojan horse from the 2004 movie Troy is visible in this city. Answer: Canakkale, Turkey – see the horse here – Answer by: Lynne, placemark by me.
- This city is the second most populated metropolitan area in Africa, second to Cairo. Answer: Lagos, Nigeria – see here – Answered by Lynne.
- For better or for worse, the testing done at this site changed the world forever. In 1965 it was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Answer: Trinity test site – Atomic Bomb – see here – Answer by Pat Edinger.
- Odessos was the original name of this large city, then a trading colony. Answer: Varna, Bulgaria – see here – Answer by Alex G.
- This was the first port on the Shandong peninsula to be opened to the west in the 1800s. Answer: Penglai City – see here .