Moldova stands out in Google Earth

As we have discussed before, Google Earth shows different imagery at different zoom levels. When in the default view, the global image used is created from Landsat imagery.

The landsat imagery, however, does not quite cover the whole globe. The oceans are excluded, as well as the poles, but most curiously is the fact that recently the country of Moldova has got its own set of imagery.


The imagery over Moldova stands out, as it has not been blended into the rest of the imagery.

We are not certain when it was changed, but it was apparently after we took the screenshot used in this post in July.

The imagery shows the copyright message Cnes/SPOT Image. We do not know why only Moldova was changed and we can’t think of any reason for it. It is only low resolution imagery and only visible when zoomed out. When you zoom in most of the country has higher resolution satellite imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe and CNES/Astrum.

If any of our readers knows what the reason is, please let us know in the comments.

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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Comments

  1. Your image is not clickable. It should be linked to something, e.g., https://goo.gl/maps/GJeCu . I mean these days everything should be clickable.

  2. Moldova changed its colors on 19 August 2015, on the same day as the addition of Pakistani landmarks into the StreetView.

    On that day I wrote the following (unanswered so far) question:
    “Look at the satellite imagery of Moldova – it has changed colors today. Could it mean anything in regard to the Street View?”
    (https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/QeaNoIw-Xos)

  3. the use of landsat is insufficient. As it is with the use of CNES/Spot Image in case of the still active Russian ABM base at Sary Shagan/Kasachstan 46.444168° 72.852143°. Compare with Bing http://binged.it/1KXjU98
    This area is completely ignored since years.
    BTW: The same happened with an airbase just south of Latakia/Syria. Many sources published now recent images which show the russian build up over there in the last weeks…google sleeps
    http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-russias-forward-operating-base-in-syria-is-growing-at-a-rapid-pace-2015-9?IR=T

    cheers

  4. Now I have also remembered the case of Montenegro and Lesotho. For long time, Montenegro had whiter color, it was more easily visible without labels and borders, because the whiter imagery precisely followed the Montenegrin border unlike the recent Moldova with overlapping rectangles. Later I saw Lesotho had weird colors like Montenegro, but I didn´t explore Lesotho further in this regard. After long time, I noticed Montenegro was already blended in and no longer standing out. Later I checked Lesotho, it still looked like unpolished but then I zoomed in and saw Lesotho´s clearly visible borders aren´t an artifact, probably mainly because different agricultural practices and sparser vegetation in higher elevations. I´m confused whether Lesotho was indeed whiter like Montenegro (which definitely was, that´s for sure), but now it doesn´t matter because Moldova will be eventually fixed too.

    Also notice Andaman Islands (South Andaman) which have oddly colored rectangle too.



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