The best of Google Earth for August 2016

Google has not updated ‘historical imagery’ for nearly two months, so we have not been able to monitor imagery updates. Just yesterday, a number of new 3D areas were discovered and reported in the comments of this post. We haven’t yet had time to look through them all, but Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah is fantastic. Other than yesterday’s finds, there haven’t been many significant 3D imagery releases in August except for Rio de Janerio, which got an update to the key Olympics locations. We also had a look at Washington D.C. 3D imagery, which was released at the end of July, but it appears to have been removed again. That is probably only temporary.


Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah.

The only major Street View addition this month was a significant expansion to the coverage in Indonesia, including Komodo Island, home to Komodo dragons.

Louisiana flooding as seen in Sentinel imagery
We had a look at the major flooding that struck Louisiana earlier this month. Although Sentinel imagery is relatively low resolution (10 m per pixel) we could clearly see large neighbourhoods had severe floods.
 
 

Animating Landsat imagery in Google EarthWe did a series of posts on the Sentinel and Landsat imagery available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). We created KML files to allow you to see thumbnails of the most recent images as well as animations automatically created from the thumbnails. In addition, we had a look at the coverage of the two sets of imagery, both by most recent image and quantity of images.

Improving our contour algorithm
We did a post on how to simulate lakes in Google Earth and GEB reader ‘DJ’ suggested creating a contour line draw-er, so we did.
 
 
 

4D Gondola in Google Earth
We had a look at an animation of the Maokong Gondola, a cable car system in Taipei. The animation was created by Steven Ho.
 
 
 

Landslide Dams in Google Earth
We had a look at various landslide dams around the world. These are dams that are formed when a landslide blocks a river, forming a dam with a lake behind it, often with catastrophic consequences if the dam collapses.
 

India–Bangladesh enclaves
We had a look at the India-Bangladesh enclaves and wondered whether we should try to update Google Maps to reflect the fact that India and Bangladesh swapped most of the enclaves so they no-longer exist.
 

Can we see Antarctic seals in Google Earth?
We had a go at seeing Antarctic seals in the Google Earth imagery and believe we were successful.
 
 
 

WorldView-4We had a look at DigtialGlobe’s new satellite WorldView-4, that is expected to be launched mid-September. It is similar in capabilities to WorldView-3, so don’t expect improvements in imagery resolution, but rather a greater quantity of good imagery, as DigitalGlobe will have more opportunities to photograph a particular location. Whether this will have a noticeable effect on what we see in Google Earth remains to be seen.

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. I have a feeling google gave up on adding new historical imagery

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  3. Fran Senecal says:

    Google sends its car around and doesn’t include some street views…. MY Street is one of them ! I saw the Google Car on THREE (3) Consecutive days This past April and I STILL Can’t go down my street in Street View ! I sent at least 2 requests to please up date it… but NOTHING ??? I can go down the next street over, to the North of my street and I can go down the next street down from mine, to the south of my street…. but I cant Go down MY street …. What gives with that ??? Is Google Earth giving up on Google Earth ??? Is that why no updates ??? Also, we went by Eartha in maine…. and the company name on the building isn’t Delorme, anymore. Eartha, is kinda cool to go visit…



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