New Google Earth Imagery and Terrain Data for Thanksgiving – Thanks!

[UPDATE 24-Nov 0830: Google included an aerial photo of the Firefox Logo Crop Circle , read more about it here.]
Google released new terrain data which fixes some of the holes in places like the Matterhorn and Mt. Everest to improve the resolution. They also have added new imagery in many places around the globe. I’m too full from Thanksgiving dinner to go look, so here’s a summary of the changes from ‘PenguinOpus’ at the Google Earth Community (he is one of the developers of Google Earth):

This morning, a terrain update occurred that corrects many of the holes in the SRTM data. This greatly improves the appearance of Mt. Everest, Matterhorn, and others in South America, Asia, and Europe.
Also included are imagery updates:

  • 12 high-resolution cities in Germany (Bayreuth, Bochum, Castrop-Rauxel, Fulda, Hof, Mannheim, Marburg, Potsdam, Schweinfurt, Siegen, Unna Froendenberg, Wuerzburg)
  • 6 high-resolution regions in the UK (Bridgend, Cleveland, Dundee, Plymouth, Poole, Rochford)
  • 31 city updates from DigitalGlobe
  • entire island of Oahu
  • Imagery from individual cities/counties: Grants Pass, OR; City of Kent, WA; Salem, OR; Douglas County, WA; Hartford County, MD; Jackson County, OR; Summit County, OH;
  • Expanded/updated coverage for the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Indiana, and Florida
  • Darfur
  • 66 Islands
  • improved SF/Bay area water

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. there is new imagery for Colorado Springs

  2. Go to: 45� 7’21.98″N 123� 6’50.42″W

  3. gerstenlaub says:

    Does anybody know, when there will be better images of switzerland?

  4. Alex,
    Nice find! I’m glad to see they included the new Firefox logo crop circle. Here is a link to the location:

  5. Why are those people lying to the south of the Firefox logo?

  6. Just so you know, the new imagery is for Summit County, Ohio, not Oregon as it says in the picture. There is no Summit County, OR and I live in Summit County, OH, meaning that I saw the new data just for the county. Love the blog.

  7. They are laying there to be in the aerial photo of the logo (that is several of the folks who helped create it). Notice that the plane and cars are set out as letters.

  8. Cool, I live in Jackson County, OR, and I work in Grants Pass, OR. And they were both updated on my Birthday 🙂

  9. Seems to also be quite a bit of new imagery for South Africa 🙂

  10. In Google Earth, you did a careless job that didn’t happen before at the same location.
    Mistake: Bad connection of satellite image
    Location: 9* 56′ 15.28″ N
    84* 02′ 04.49″ W
    I would be happy if you take care of it.
    In advance, Thanks!

  11. It is said that 31 cities had updates from Digital Globe. I wonder which cities it concerns. Are they all US cities? Can anyone tell me?

  12. How can I obtain a picture of Earth from the moon?

  13. The list above states that imagery was updated for the “entire island of Oahu,” but I’m still seeing imagery in the Honolulu area that’s about three years old (e.g., the imagery shows empty lots where 45-story highrises have been occupied for over a year).
    So what was updated on Oahu? Not the entire island, obviously.

  14. Kuahine, the statement was meant to refer to the fact that the imagery for Oahu is now all high-resolution. Previously portions of Oahu were at 15 meter resolution, now it is at 1 to 2 meters or better.

  15. Thanks very much for your prompt reply, Frank, which explains what the imagery update meant.
    I look forward to seeing new satellite imagery for Honolulu, since many among the current set of images are seriously out of date.

  16. My question: how did the people in the Firefox logo near Salem OR know that the satellite photo was to be taken at a certain time? Or is it fake?

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