[UPDATE 1630 ET: A GEB reader may have found the marijuana field – see this post for details.]
An 1830 Swiss Town in 3D (German) – A new 3D look into the past has been released for Solothurn, Switzerland. Apparently they saw the Ancient Rome in 3D Google released last fall and did the same for this town. There was a cardboard rendering of the town and they’ve digitally reconstructed it into 3D. Now you can view the 1830 town in Google Earth (courtesy of Earth-Dots.de). Thanks to Keir Clarke for the tip.
GE Marijuana Arrest – Yesterday an AP story came out about police in Switzerland having used GE to discover a marijuana crop hidden in a corn field. Before writing a blog post, I thought I would try to find the location itself. But, the first thing I noticed was that the imagery in that part of Switzerland is dated 1997. At that point, I figured it was either a hoax, or the police were really slow to have gone 10 years without discovering it. Then I read the actual search was conducted back in 2006. Well, the imagery in GE right now was added in February 2007. So, maybe there was a high res image in GE back in 2006 that was more recent and did show the crop. I’d still like to know the location and see the original image the police used that shows the crop. By the way, this isn’t the first time Google Earth was involved in a marijuana arrest. Read this story about a case in 2006 in Racine, Wisconsin.
GE Bass Fishing – Got an E-mail from BassFishin.com about a video they’ve created telling fisherman about using Google Earth (and other mapping tools) to help plan a fishing trip. The video shows using Google Earth to check out the waters, weather, terrain, and photos of your next fishing site. And, I made sure to point out he should check out EarthNC for even more boating data available for GE.
Ourense, Spain in 3D – Got a nice E-mail from Celso Campos who is a teacher at the University of Vigo. They have released a 3D rendering of their city Ourense for Google Earth developed for their city council (primarily for sightseeing promotional purposes). The link above is to their spanish web page which includes a video showing their nicely detailed renderings. The models are a little slow to load (probably having more to do with bandwidth constraints – the 3D models seem nicely optimized). There’s a lot of detail, and I enjoyed flying around. You can download the Ourense in 3D here (instructions and placemarks are in Spanish and, I’m told, Galician). Even if you can’t read the languages, the placemarks include photos of some of the buildings so you can compare the realism.