The best of Google Earth for June 2016

The biggest news this month is that Google Earth got a makeover, with Google updating the global mosaic shown when zoomed out. Overall, we like it a lot, but nothing is perfect, so we had a look at some of the minor issues it still has.

Google Earth Imagery Update: The Dallas, Texas Tornados There were several imagery updates in the month and we had a look at some of the interesting sights to be found in the imagery, including:

Google Earth Imagery Update: Strange image in the SaharaWe also discovered an image in the Sahara Desert from Google’s Terra Bella. The image has since been removed. Presumably Google were just testing something. It would be nice if they do decide to use Terra Bella imagery to fill in the gaps in Google Earth’s high resolution imagery.
 
 

Spectral Transformer for Sentinel-2 ImageryWe had a look at a new tool by GeoSage called Spectral Transformer for Sentinel-2 Imagery which, as the name suggests, is for processing imagery from the Sentinel program.
 
 
 

What does it take to process 3D imagery?We noted that Google had released some imagery of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that was captured in 2013 and we talked about the reasons why it sometimes takes Google so long to release 3D imagery.
 
 
 

Satellite image archaeologyWe had a look at an archaeological find in Petra, Jordan, that was found by Dr. Sarah Parcak with the aid of satellite imagery.
 
 
 
 

The rock near Deception Island that looks like a KrakenWe had a look at a story about a Kraken being spotted in Google Earth imagery – which turned out to be a rock.
 
 
 
 

Making desktop backgrounds with Google EarthWe had a look at how to make desktop backgrounds with Google Earth imagery (Google Earth Pro makes it easy).
 
 
 
 

Historical imagery and UkraineWe came across a story on Bellingcat that mentioned that Google is continuing to update historical imagery in Ukraine, despite it being essentially censored since July 2015. We discussed the issue as well as having a look at some of the locations relevant to the Bellingcat story.
 

Sun-synchronous orbitWe had a look at Sun-synchronous orbit, the orbit configuration used by most imaging satellites.
 
 
 
 

Advanced Historical Imagery Tour Maker with the Google Earth APIWe provided a Google Earth API based tool for making historical imagery animations and also gave some tips for making good animations.
 
 
 

Rio de Janeiro with Google EarthWe had a look around Rio de Janeiro and the developments in preparation for the upcoming Olympics. We also had a look at an oil refinery there and animated the oil tanks showing the floating roofs rising and falling over time, depending on oil stocks.

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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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.