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27 de Octubre 2005

Google Earth Sleuthing - Burning Ship?

It's amazing what the combination of Google Earth's huge resource of satellite and aerial photos and the Internet can do. A few months ago someone noticed a very small satellite photo of a remote area of ocean near Iceland where a boat or ship appeared to be burning with some other boats nearby. 'earthling_andre' posted a placemark and his thoughts at the Google Earth Community.

A bunch of people speculated, and then a few weeks later someone named 'solskin' posted that the satellite photo was indeed showing a burning boat, and the one occupant was rescued by the two boats in the scene. He posted a link to a news story in icelandic, which was followed a few days later by an English translation found here. Apparently two helicopters also came out to help as well.

What I find interesting is that a scene of drama is captured in a random satellite photo, discovered by someone browsing, and the mystery is solved by people all over the world. Amazing!


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Enviado por FrankTaylor at 27 de Octubre 2005 a las 09:45 AM

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    Almost unbeleivable....

    There was alot of cool discoveries on google earth, some guy even spotted a 2nd world war bomber flying over a major british city (don't remember the name), but I've read that on "the register".

    Kiltak

    Enviado por: Kiltak at 10 de Marzo 2006 a las 04:09 PM

    This is amazing. This truely shows what an internet community is capable of.

    Enviado por: Luke at 10 de Marzo 2006 a las 05:23 PM

    Does Google Earth have a schedule that they stick to, that would let us know when and where they will take and post there next picture. I have a few marketing campaigns that would pay big bucks to see there logo on Google Earth.

    Enviado por: Steve at 10 de Marzo 2006 a las 07:12 PM

    Wow, this is certainly a wonderful coincidence.

    Enviado por: Mike at 10 de Marzo 2006 a las 08:28 PM

    That IS amazing. Such a big world, yet so small. The way the 'net brings people closer never ceases to amaze me.

    Enviado por: Ara Pehlivanian at 10 de Marzo 2006 a las 09:36 PM

    That's cool, but it is true???

    Enviado por: Mig at 11 de Marzo 2006 a las 07:07 AM

    That is incredible. Truley a mad coincidence.
    Imagine a 'Live' google earth

    Enviado por: Rallentando at 11 de Marzo 2006 a las 09:28 AM

    @Steve: AFAIK, Google doesn't have their own satellites (at the moment, anyway), but rather they make use of public domain data made available by the US government. This means it may be somewhat difficult to predict when a given area is going to be next updated.

    Enviado por: Arto at 11 de Marzo 2006 a las 10:55 AM

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