Links: An 1830 Swiss Town in 3D, GE Marijuana Arrest, GE Bass Fishing, Ourense in 3D

[UPDATE 1630 ET: A GEB reader may have found the marijuana field – see this post for details.]

  • Solothurn in 1830 in 3D for Google EarthAn 1830 Swiss Town in 3D (German) – A new 3D look into the past has been released for Solothurn, Switzerland. Apparently they saw the Ancient Rome in 3D Google released last fall and did the same for this town. There was a cardboard rendering of the town and they’ve digitally reconstructed it into 3D. Now you can view the 1830 town in Google Earth (courtesy of Thanks to Keir Clarke for the tip.
  • GE Marijuana Arrest – Yesterday an AP story came out about police in Switzerland having used GE to discover a marijuana crop hidden in a corn field. Before writing a blog post, I thought I would try to find the location itself. But, the first thing I noticed was that the imagery in that part of Switzerland is dated 1997. At that point, I figured it was either a hoax, or the police were really slow to have gone 10 years without discovering it. Then I read the actual search was conducted back in 2006. Well, the imagery in GE right now was added in February 2007. So, maybe there was a high res image in GE back in 2006 that was more recent and did show the crop. I’d still like to know the location and see the original image the police used that shows the crop. I was reading on sites like and found out that this isn’t the first time Google Earth was involved in a marijuana arrest. Read this story about a case in 2006 in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • GE Bass Fishing – Got an E-mail from about a video they’ve created telling fisherman about using Google Earth (and other mapping tools) to help plan a fishing trip. The video shows using Google Earth to check out the waters, weather, terrain, and photos of your next fishing site. And, I made sure to point out he should check out EarthNC for even more boating data available for GE.
  • Ourense, Spain in 3D – Got a nice E-mail from Celso Campos who is a teacher at the University of Vigo. They have released a 3D rendering of their city Ourense for Google Earth developed for their city council (primarily for sightseeing promotional purposes). The link above is to their spanish web page which includes a video showing their nicely detailed renderings. The models are a little slow to load (probably having more to do with bandwidth constraints – the 3D models seem nicely optimized). There’s a lot of detail, and I enjoyed flying around. You can download the Ourense in 3D here (instructions and placemarks are in Spanish and, I’m told, Galician). Even if you can’t read the languages, the placemarks include photos of some of the buildings so you can compare the realism.

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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  1. Bart Gentile says

    I don’t usually comment, but maybe the google maps will be enough. I read somewhere that the zrop was located in the Thurgau section of Switzerland.
    I believe I located the crop.
    If you search in google maps for “mannenmuhlestrasse switzerland” you will get a road in kemmental, switzerland.
    Let me know if this works for you. I’m sure I could devise another way of linking to it.

  2. Bart Gentile says

    Actually I forgot to mention you have to zoom in and look towards the north west only a little bit to see the yellowish box around the green shrubery which I am assuming is the marijuana field. I hope I am right.
    thanks again.

  3. Sorry Bart, but the field has to be 150×50 m – the one you found is hardly 70 Meter long.

  4. @Louis: I think it could still potentially be the same area. Remember, the image in GE is from 1997, so its possible the field changed shape over the years.

  5. About Ourene: It’s not Spanish and Portuguese, but Spanish and Galician (a language very similar to Portuguese, but not Portuguese)

  6. Hi,
    just a comment about the bass fishing. I too use GE to look for and plan fishing trips but when I watched the video that guy was talking about using GE to see if the water was muddy or clear the day u want to go out.
    I’m not sure if they realize that most of the Satellite images in GE are usually about 1 yr old if not more. I Still think it is a very useful tool for finding those hidden little lakes that you can see from the road or looking for the best part of a lake to fish where cover exists.
    I wish that the images where current enough to see water conditions the day I was to head out but I think it will be some time before the civilian world has access to anything that fast. unless you know something I don’t, and if so please tell me.

  7. Wow what a fantastic idea… didn’t even think about looking at Google maps for plotting a fishing trip, weather etc…
    Thanks for the tip, might check it out!

  8. Can’t believe I didn’t think of that! Planning fishing trips using google maps, great idea!
    You got me thinking now I can check out carp ponds in my area I didn’t know existed.

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