LA Times on Google Earth Sleuthing

The LA Times has released a story entitled “Intrepid Armchair Explorers” by Chris Gaither. Chris interviewed me before the holidays about interesting things people are finding using Google Earth. He ended up wrapping his story around the “Burning Ship Story” I had mentioned to him (ok, it’s just a boat), which illustrates how involving millions of people to look at unusual sights usually ends up in the facts being discovered. The LA Times story talks about many unique sights which have been discovered and illustrated by web sites like GEB, GoogleSightseeing, and, of course, the Google Earth Community. He interviews John Hanke, Director of Google Earth. The article also covers those folks who are using the photos in Microsoft’s Virtual Earth to make similar discoveries and Chris properly interviews Steve Lawler of Microsoft who is Hanke’s counterpart. Chris even interviewed Andre Mueller, the German Physics student who made the discovery of the “burning ship”. Overall, the LA Times article is an interesting read if you are an armchair explorer yourself.

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.

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