Links: Pakistan Predators, New Tagzania, Censorship Vindication, Finding Osama

First a travel update: as those of you who follow my blog regularly probably know, I was attending the Miami Boat Show last week. We planned to sail our boat back directly from Miami if the weather permitted it. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate. We had a nice sail up the coast of Florida, but had to stop in St. Augustine to wait out weather further north. Then, we needed to leave and make good speed north to beat another weather system. Unfortunately making speed against winds and waves in a sailboat don’t mix well together. So, we stopped in Charleston. Tomorrow we hope to finally complete the trip. Instead of a two-day trip, it’s been closer to 7… that’s the way it goes sometimes with sailing and weather. More details including Google Earth tracks of our travels and pictures in an upcoming post.

  • Pakistan Predators – Google Earth was used by “The Times” in London to reveal that the US government had used a location in Pakistan to secretly fly unmanned drones called “Predators” for missions in their Afghanistan operations. According to the article the image “…is no longer on the site”. I’m assuming it was an image in the “historical imagery” layer of Google Earth 5. Is it true the image was removed? I find that unlikely. Does anyone know? You can see the location here from a post at the GEC.

  • New Tagzania – Tagzania is one of the original 2.0 mapping sites to use both Google Maps and Google Earth to share locations. It has now come out with a new site design with lots of improvements. In particular, they have added the ability to also support other mapping platforms – as usual, they’ve made elegant use of the URL to make it simple to use another map platform. If you’re into sharing maps quickly and easily, I highly recommend Tagzania.

  • Censorship Vindication – Stefan Geens is thrilled to note that the Times of India has published an editorial comment reversing its position about requiring the need to censor Google Earth. He notes that they even used some of his own phrases in their explanation for why banning Google Earth would be wrong.

  • Osama possible locations in Google EarthFinding Osama – Sean Gorman at OffTheMap talks about the recent data from MIT trying to pinpoint Osama Bin Laden’s location by sharing data on his possible hiding places. They have ported the data to their GeoCommons Maker! so you can view it with their mapping tools. Their tools also let you view the data in Google Earth, so view the possible locations of Osama here .

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. Actually the Pakistani predators story was broken by the News a major Pakistani English language daily.
    they published the image found on The Times link as well…but whats bothered me is thatfrom where did that investigative journalist get the imagery with the drones. the image which shows the drones is no longer available on Google Earth imagery and not present in the History layer either.
    Original Link.
    This guys understanding of how GE work is a but weak but I still cant figure out where he found the images with the drones.

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