[UPDATE Sept. 1: Google has released the official list of locations (and KML file) with new or updated imagery – see here.]
Just got a report – and verified – there is a bunch of new satellite imagery in Argentina. It’s a little early for the next monthly update, but I guess Google has some reason for an update. No idea yet how big this update is. The update for Argentina includes lots of medium resolution Spot Image imagery.
The new imagery is not yet available in Google Maps (as usual), so you can verify whether imagery you suspect is new by looking (and zooming in) on the same area in Google Maps. Use the “View in Google Maps” option to zoom immediately to the same spot. If the imagery doesn’t look the same up close, then that area is new. Google has updated Google Maps with the new imagery as well, so we can no longer easily verify new imagery. Leave a comment below if you have found something new and I’ll add it to the growing list below.
NOTE: For those of you disappointed with new imagery which has clouds or lower resolution, don’t forget the new Google Earth ‘Historical Imagery’ mode which lets you view imagery previously available. You can go back to better imagery if needed. However, there does seem to be several examples of poor imagery (clouds, reduced resolution, color changes) added to the base layer with this update.
New and updated imagery [UPDATED 28-AUG 0910 ET]:
Argentina – large areas of medium resolution Spot Image imagery. Thanks to Gerardo Paz!
Poland – Auschwitz in high res – Thanks ‘BeadieJay’, Warsaw – and areas north and south.
Germany – Around Hannover (north and south), “harz” mountains, areas around Hamburg, villages east of Itzehoe, South of Cuxhafen, near Bremen (NW), Cloppenburg and “more”; thanks to “MontyPython”. Frankfurt – Thanks ‘Thilo’
Chile – Santiago (can’t confirm this one) – Report by JP; found new section west of Valpraiso (green).
France – many areas in northern France (Cherbourg, Cholet, Lavel, Chaumont, and Pau, Clermont-Ferrand, Figeac). Thanks ‘Steven’
USA – Ugly green is back in Arizona for Mount Hopkins/Mount Wrightson – Thanks for report by ‘Steven’ – now have to complain to Google again. San Mateo County, CA (updated imagery, different coloration) – Thanks ‘GT’; Travis County, TX; Minneapolis; – Thanks ‘Roy’
Serbia – Begrade (late-July 2009 imagery) – Thanks ‘barakuda’
Peru – Lima (many clouds – reduced quality) – Thanks ‘Auquicu’
Finland – south of Espoo (bad quality with clouds), eastern part of Helsinki, Western Kirkkonummi – Thanks ‘Rauski’
China – Shanghai – many areas – Thanks ‘Marc’
Mexico – Much of southern Mexico now has medium resolution Spot Image imagery. – Thanks ‘Thilo’.
New Zealand – Several areas including Christchurch, Wellington – Thanks ZNO
Sweden – Gothenburg – (dark and oversharpened – bad quality) – thanks ‘MrCharlie’
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo, Beograd – thanks ‘12345’
Antarctica – Ross Island, areas near Dry Valleys. New imagery, but coloring is kind of inconsistent – thanks ‘Tom’.
Brazil – São Paulo, Santos, São Vicente, Guarujá and Praia Grande also changes to Joinville and Guaramirim. – Thanks ‘Tiago Carraro’
UK – Huddersfield, Bradford – Thanks Damien and Chris
Russia – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Monino – Thanks ‘Munden’.
Guam – Thanks ‘Munden’