Archives for February 2017


The best of Google Earth for February 2017

February saw two new countries, Ghana and Senegal, added to Street View. A lot of new imagery was added to 'historical imagery' and we had a look at some of the landslides caused by the Kaikora … [Read more...]

Animating Open Pit Mines with Google Earth

Recently, one of our GEB readers pointed us to a Google Earth Engine Timelapse of an open pit mine near Bełchatów, Poland. We thought it would be interesting to do animations of it and other open pit … [Read more...]

DigitalGlobe is helping to combat slavery at sea

DigitalGlobe recently released this article which highlights the use, by the Associated Press, of high resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite to combat slavery on fishing ships. … [Read more...]

Exploring the Chile wildfires with Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery

Yesterday we had a look at some DigitalGlobe imagery of Chile showing the damage caused by wildfires in late January and early February this year. We thought it would be interesting to explore the … [Read more...]

Google Earth imagery update, earthquake and fire

Google has recently updated the 'historical imagery' layer in Google Earth. Unfortunately, because the Google Earth Plugin/API was shut down last month we can no longer make maps of imagery … [Read more...]

Fun with Google Earth’s terrain exaggeration

If you ever get bored of Google Earth's 3D imagery, then a fun thing to try is changing the 'terrain exaggeration'. It is a setting found in Tools->Options->3D View->Terrain (PC) or Google … [Read more...]

People in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

While exploring Google Earth's 3D imagery, you will probably have noticed that even in the busiest cities, people are largely absent. This is because of the way the 3D imagery is captured. Based on … [Read more...]

Record satellite launch allows Planet to image the planet daily

A record breaking launch by India, on February 15th, 2017, put 104 satellites into orbit, including some 88 'Dove' satellites owned by satellite imaging company Planet. The previous record for 'most … [Read more...]

Oroville Dam crisis imagery

Over the past few days a crisis has played out surrounding the Oroville Dam in California. It started with a hole developing in the dam spillway (1). In response, the California Department of Water … [Read more...]

Google Earth VR wins a Lumiere Award

Google Earth VR was awarded the Century Award for VR in service of environmental enrichment. The Lumiere Awards (not to be confused with the Lumières Award (French film) or the Lumiere Awards … [Read more...]