Google has not updated its imagery updates map since December 17th last year. It has, nevertheless been pushing out satellite imagery at a fairly rapid pace. We can only speculate as to why it is not updating the maps. Perhaps its staff have been too busy with all the reorganization that seems to be going on at Google. Or perhaps the maps are hosted on Google Maps Engine, which has recently been deprecated.
This post is an appeal to Google to resume releasing its imagery updates maps. If the updates are now too frequent to do a map for each update, then a cumulative map once a month would be much appreciated.
Quite a lot of people enjoy looking through new imagery to see what can be found, and the imagery update maps make it a lot easier. A few sharp-eyed GEB readers manage to find new imagery, either by the date or by comparing Google Maps to Google Earth or to historical imagery, as the various systems tend to get updated in a staggered fashion. However, the updates are so numerous that it is not really worth trying to find them all and list them here.
Occasionally GEB readers let us know about interesting finds, such as the Costa Concordia we showed you in January. And thank you to GEB reader ‘Munden’ who recently let us know about a brush fire he spotted in new imagery in the south of Mississippi. The only copyright notice for the location is Google’s, and based on the high resolution, the imagery is likely aerial imagery. So is Google now capturing its own aerial imagery?
A brush fire in Mississippi. To view in Google Earth use this KML file.
To view in Google Earth use this KML file.