A further look at Chinese map offsets


Yesterday we talked about how the Street Maps of China are offset from the satellite imagery because of their laws requiring the use of the GCJ-02 datum. The GCJ-02 datum moves the map by different … [Read more...]

Chinese street maps out of alignment in Google Earth and Google Maps


While investigating the recent explosions in Tianjin, China, we noticed that the street map of China is out of alignment in both Google Earth and Google Maps. It is tempting to think that the … [Read more...]

Open Location Code / Plus Code to KML converter


Open Location Codes also known as Plus Codes are an initiative by Google to provide addresses to parts of the world that do not have Street Names or other easily traceable or official addresses. … [Read more...]

North Korea – Statues and Uranium


We have looked at censorship of aerial imagery in Google Earth and even noted censorship of 3D imagery. However, censorship rarely extends to satellite imagery, as only the country in which the … [Read more...]

Converting a Google Maps screenshot to Google Earth


Yesterday we looked at a problem with the Street View layer of Google Earth. We thought it would be interesting to compare the Street View coverage as shown in Google Earth with that shown in Google … [Read more...]

The blue Street View layer


Thank you to GEB reader Chris for letting us know about a problem with the blue Street View layer. It appears that some locations that have Street View do not show the blue lines that normally appear … [Read more...]

Historical imagery captured on the same day


We have recently spent quite a lot of time looking through historical imagery and reported some of the most interesting finds from recent imagery, including: The Amtrak train derailment in … [Read more...]

2015 Brazil floods in Google Earth


Earlier this week we looked a flood damage in Georgia and Texas. Thank you to GEB reader for pointing us to imagery of flooding in Magdeburg, Germany in 2013. Find it in Google Earth with this KML … [Read more...]

From Excel to KML via XML export


There are a number of different ways to get data from Microsoft Excel into Google Earth. There are various web-based tools to do the job, such as the one we mentioned in this post. Another way is to … [Read more...]

70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs


This week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that took place on August 6th and 9th, 1945 respectively. The Nagasaki Archive that we have referred you to in the … [Read more...]