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18 de Septiembre 2005

Ultimate Google Earth Resolution?

The new National Geographic Megaflyover pictures are very high resolution. How high? Well, in this view you can actually see the faces of people in a market where they are selling bicycles, tires/tubes, and many other recognizeable things. The people are looking up at the passing plane which is taking the picture. This photo is of a market near Misasi in Tanzania, and is a very colorful photograph if you zoom out and look at the whole thing.

I've set the view at the maximum zoom GE will allow. This shows the potential maximum resolution of the application as it currently exists. These images are actually part of the GE primary database now, you don't even have to have the National Geographic layer turned on to see them. The only comparable pictures I've seen to date are the shots of the Google Inc. Campus in California as seen in this article where I show a ladder on their roof.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 18 de Septiembre 2005 a las 01:32 PM

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    WOW! absolutely fantastic!

    Enviado por: GrooveJunkie at 18 de Septiembre 2005 a las 02:50 PM

    Amazing detail indeed!

    Enviado por: Seer at 18 de Septiembre 2005 a las 07:21 PM

    Imagine the whole world at this detail!
    All you need is an unltralight and a camera....

    I wonder if all the Google Earth imagery will
    eventually be shown on Google Maps too?

    Enviado por: bill mcleod at 19 de Septiembre 2005 a las 02:20 AM

    incredible resolution indeed, it's only a shame that the pictures are so small that they cover only a tiny part of the african continent - a continent that is woefully under-represented in the GE high resolution areas.

    Mind you, I'm also glad they've finally updated some of the areas of the UK. It was terribly embarrasing that Britain's second city, Birmingham was at the lowest possible resolution. Thankfully that's been fixed.

    Enviado por: ResoluteReader at 19 de Septiembre 2005 a las 03:40 PM

    Yes, I agree with you that significant places are still not done with adequate resolution. But, Google has been working hard to correct this with updates each month. Google recently posted that they are hiring for people who can manage petabyte databases, so hopefully they will resolve this in the future.

    I'm also hoping they will have higher resolution for island nations in the Caribbean and the south Pacific. Some of the best sailing waters in the world.

    Captain Frank

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 19 de Septiembre 2005 a las 03:51 PM

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