The best of Google Earth for November 2015

There have been several imagery updates during the month of November, but since Google has not been publishing imagery update maps we cannot determine the full extent of the updates. However, we can, using the Google Earth API, determine the approximate locations of recent imagery, including imagery captured in the month of November. Most of the November imagery is concentrated in Australia, New Zealand, and southern and eastern Asia. There are a few patches of imagery in West Africa and Brazil. There is no imagery for North America or Europe, most likely because winter does not provide good photographic conditions in those locations. It is fire season in Australia, but we have so far been unable to find any fires or signs of burning in the imagery. There is one image in Ecuador, most likely related to a magnitude 5.4 earthquake, whose epicentre was not far from the location of the image. However, we were unable to see any signs of earthquake damage.

For a map of the approximate locations of November imagery download this KML file. If you find anything interesting in the imagery please let us know.

Recent imagery updates reviewEarlier in the month we looked at a number of sights that could be found in older imagery, including floods in South Carolina and a major flooding event in Japan.
 
 
 

Google floods southern CaliforniaWe had a look at a virtual flood in southern California created by a problem with Google Earth’s water surface incorrectly displaying in an area that is below sea level but is actually dry land.
 
 
 
 

Street View comes to Kampala, UgandaWe looked at a number of new Street View releases, including Ecuador and Bolivia, Kampala, Uganda and historical sites in Jordan.
 
 
 
 

Tour maker with the Google Earth APIThe Google Earth API is set to stop working on December 12th. Because of this, Paul van Dinther of PlanetInAction kindly released two tools that he had that he had created for his own use. The first one is a Tour maker based on the Google Earth API and the second is a program that can control Google Earth via the Liquid Galaxy protocol. We also had a look at a tool called GEGrids that is based on the Google Earth API and has proved useful in mapping land use in East Africa, which is aiding in the study of wildlife in the region.

Creating Thanksgiving cards with Google EarthAs we traditionally do, we celebrated Thanksgiving with a Google Earth Thanksgiving card and showed you how to create your own.
 
 
 
 

Planet Labs progressWe had a look at Planet Labs’ progress and had a look at their imagery of Southern California, which they have made available under the creative commons licence.

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. Poznań in Poland is 3D builidings available now.

  2. And Łódź,

  3. I’m a bit confused about what GE API actually does so will my regular GE stop working on Dec12th? Will we stop getting KML updates, which seems to be what Google is doing anyways, seems like Google isn’t putting any resources into GE……

  4. why we don’t see any updates from the Latakia airport in Syria to monitor the recent deployment of Russian Forces in Syria?

  5. In Ukraine founded in big cities high-quality sattelite imagery, for example very good imagery in Kharkiv. I hope Google will be covered all country very high sattelite imagery.



PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.