Surreal postcards from Google Earth

Clement Valla is known for digging into Google Earth to find and document anomalies, as we first showed you back in January. He’s back with a site called Postcards from Google Earth that highlights snapshots from Google Earth in odd-looking situations.
Interestingly, of the 100 or so images on the site literally every single one of them involves a road, most of which are crossing a body of water. While this has been a known issue in Google Earth for years, 3D models/imagery are beginning to fix the issue. For example, take this image of the Hoover Dam from his site:

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Then turn on the 3D Models layer:
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Quite a difference! The only downside with the 3D model is that you can still see the old imagery (and the road) running beneath it. This is largely alleviated with the new 3D Imagery, such as this before/after of the Golden Gate Bridge:
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golden-gate-3d.jpg

It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than the article would lead you to believe. That said, it’s fun to dig around and find these kinds of oddities, and the new 3D Imagery certainly creates some interesting artifacts when you zoom in close.
Check out the full gallery on the Postcards from Google Earth site.
(via Co.DESIGN)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Archangelmichael2 says:

    Those roads like the Hoover dam looks like something out of Sim City 4 when you got the geography misaligned and you try to create a bridge or go up a hill.
    The roads look really screwy.

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