News roundup: Nessie, New Islands and Finding your Way Home

Loch Ness gets Street View

As part of the Catlin Seaview Survey Google have captured Street View from a boat that travelled the length of Loch Ness in Scotland and even stopped and took some photos in the water. We were not able to find the underwater footage from Google Earth, so we recommend sticking with Google Maps for this one. The water is very murky and the only monster to be found is the little green Nessie who replaces the Street View ‘yellow man’.

Glacier retreat creates new islands
As glaciers around the world retreat, new coastal islands are formed. Read more about it here. This would keep mapmakers busy, if it wasn’t for the fact that most of these islands are appearing in relatively uncharted territory. We noticed when looking at the Greenland Street View that Google Maps’ coastline of Greenland is quite inaccurate. Google Earth’s yellow coastlines are even less accurate globally, but they fade out as you zoom in so it is not normally noticeable.

Google Earth helps reunite a man with his family after 20 years.
Similar to the story of Saroo Brierley, a policeman in the Andaman Islands used Google Earth to help Ram Jeevan who ran away from his home in India at the age of 12 to find his way home. Find the full story here.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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