The Panama Canal expansion project

We recently had a look at water transfer canals in Brazil. Today we are looking at the Panama Canal and in a future post we will have a look at the Suez Canal, both of which have recently been … [Read more...]

Google Earth Imagery Update – Plane Crash, Derailed Train, Fireworks Explosion and World Series

Google has recently done an imagery update. Here are a few sights we have found so far. Plane crash in Kyrgyzstan On January 16, 2017, a Turkish cargo plane, Turkish Airlines Flight 6491, crashed … [Read more...]

Water transfer canals in Brazil

We recently came across this story about a water transfer project in Brazil. Since we have previously had a look at China's North-South water transfer project, we thought it might be interesting to … [Read more...]

Petabytes of imagery

Last year we made a rough estimate of the size of the Google Earth database. Our best guess was about 3 petabytes. Satellite imaging company Planet has just released some information about the size … [Read more...]

Descartes Labs imagery search engine

We have looked at a number of image recognition based search engines before, such as Google faces tracker, which we saw in 2013, which was designed for finding faces in Google Earth imagery, or … [Read more...]

Sentinel 2B successfully launched

On March 7th, 2017, Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the new earth imaging satellite Sentinel-2B. It has identical specifications to Sentinel-2A which … [Read more...]

Sinking California and UAVSAR Data

We recently came across this interesting article about how the Joaquin Valley in California is sinking due to the extraction of ground water. It has an interesting map of the subsidence that was done … [Read more...]

Google Earth Imagery – Tailings Dam Collapse

On 8th August, 2016, a containing dam failed at the Xiangjiang Wanji Aluminium plant in Luoyang, Henan Province in China. About 2 million cubic meters of red mud was released, spreading out over 2 … [Read more...]

Google Earth faster loading tip: use network links

A common problem with Google Earth is long loading times due to having a lot of stuff in your 'My Places'. Google Earth stores your 'My Places' in a KML file appropriately called myplaces.kml. Exactly … [Read more...]

A bridge collapse in India

In early August, 2016, a bridge over the river River Savitri in India collapsed, plunging several cars and two buses into the river which was swollen with floods at the time. We have been keeping an … [Read more...]