[UPDATED 4-MAR – Google has finally released the full details on this imagery update. GEB readers found the majority of the locations as shown below. But, one new part of the update not covered was new 3D terrain: Wollongong, Whitsunday Islands, Perth, Hobart, Geelong, Canberra, Cairnes, Adelaide, Honolulu, LA, and Santa Rosa.]
GEB Reader David S. was the first to report new imagery in Google Earth. He reported new imagery in Scotland, China, South Korea, and the US States of South Dakota and Wisconsin. I’ve also noticed strips of new GeoEye imagery in Niger, Mali and other African countries. See below for more details on new imagery found so far (I will update reports of other finds during the next couple of days until Google reports the official details). Many other updates listed below. Thanks to the commenters below for many other finds.
New imagery reported so far:
Scotland – Areas between and around Glasgow and Edinburgh have new aerial imagery. Also north of Edinburgh. Thanks to David S. Also, Ayrshire (south of Glasgow) – according to ‘Stephen Mackenzie’. Several other areas reported in the comments.
China – As David S. points out, Hainan Island – the location of a nuclear submarine base – has been updated. At least one sub is visible.
Africa – Strips of GeoEye across northern Africa. Vertical strips across Mali , Niger and Mauritania have been confirmed so far. Also, Morocco – New strips of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye satellite imagery; Angola – new GeoEye strips. Other strips of satellite imagery around Africa.
US – States of Wisconsin and South Dakota.
South Korea – Ulsan is now highres. David S. said this now shows the location of one of the world’s largest shipyards.
Mongolia – Strips of GeoEye satellite imagery.
Iceland Akureyri, Vestmann Islands. Also Iceland has finally gotten
roadmaps. Thanks to AKB
Sweden Helsingborg, Karlstad, Uppsala, Umea,
Lulea – just to name a few (according to GEB reader M.F.)
France – Isère department, also Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Vendée, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire. (thanks to ‘mortimer’). Also Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrenees, Isere, Jura, and Haute-Saone according to ‘M.F.’.
Norway – Trondheim, Moss – GEB reader Aqwis says the new imagery for Trondheim is higher resolution, but dark and “foggy”.
Turkey – Eastern-half of Turkey now has Spot Image medium resolution imagery.
Brazil – the North-central (rainforest areas near the Amazon river) of Brazil have new strips of GeoEye satellite imagery. And other areas of Brazil as noted in comments below.
Bangladesh – Chittagong – thanks to ‘Saikat’
Italy – Brescia (thanks to ‘storaz’).
Uruguay – Strips of GeoEye (thanks to ‘Elagus’).
Qatar – Doha – Updated DG (thanks to ‘oSDDo’).
Canada – Montreal updated to Aug. 2008 (thanks to ‘Sebastien’).
England – York (thanks to ‘Tom’) Other areas around England as well as seen in comments.
Argentina – Buenos Aires (thanks to Forke)
Maldives – The Maldives have new and updated imagery. Islands which went missing in the January bathymetry update for this island chain are back. Thanks to ‘Alsay’ and other commenters.
Greenland – Major cities in this country updated. (thanks to ‘Sladys’)
Mexico – Another area of medium resolution Spot Image satellite imagery in southwestern Mexico.
Note: Google still has not restored all the islands which disappeared when they added the new bathymetry back in January. Islands like the Isles of Scilly in the UK, Montagu island in the south Atlantic, and many others are still missing. However, the Maldives have islands restored and are even better than before. Another important note: There are reports of lots of new historical imagery added in this update. Probably more new imagery to be found there than all the new imagery visible in the normal mode.
Please report any new imagery you find by leaving a comment here. You can confirm new imagery in Google Earth at the moment by zooming into a suspected area in Google Earth and clicking on the “View in Google Maps” icon at the top center. This will open Google Maps at the same zoom level. Since Google Maps does not yet have the new imagery, you can compare the imagery seen there. If it doesn’t match at the same zoom level, then the imagery is new.
Also, it seems that the Roads layer has been updated to reflect the recent upgrades of road data in Google Maps which included data from the Google Maps Maker project. Specifically, after turning on the Roads layer and zooming in to countries like Bolivia,
Dominica, Guam, Philippines, Mauritius, Vietnam – and other countries mentioned in the Google announcement – they now all some of them appear to have detailed road vectors. Maybe Google was waiting for this update before they announced the new roads information would also be available in Google Earth. Also note that the Roads layer information is updated, but I have yet to see the other “Places of Interest” sub-layers to reflect new data (such as Dining, Parks, Places of Worship, etc.)