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23 de Noviembre 2006

New Google Earth Imagery and Terrain Data for Thanksgiving - Thanks!

[UPDATE 24-Nov 0830: Google included an aerial photo of the Firefox Logo Crop Circle , read more about it here.]

Google released new terrain data which fixes some of the holes in places like the Matterhorn and Mt. Everest to improve the resolution. They also have added new imagery in many places around the globe. I'm too full from Thanksgiving dinner to go look, so here's a summary of the changes from 'PenguinOpus' at the Google Earth Community (he is one of the developers of Google Earth):

This morning, a terrain update occurred that corrects many of the holes in the SRTM data. This greatly improves the appearance of Mt. Everest, Matterhorn, and others in South America, Asia, and Europe.

Also included are imagery updates:

  • 12 high-resolution cities in Germany (Bayreuth, Bochum, Castrop-Rauxel, Fulda, Hof, Mannheim, Marburg, Potsdam, Schweinfurt, Siegen, Unna Froendenberg, Wuerzburg)
  • 6 high-resolution regions in the UK (Bridgend, Cleveland, Dundee, Plymouth, Poole, Rochford)
  • 31 city updates from Digital Globe
  • entire island of Oahu
  • Imagery from individual cities/counties: Grants Pass, OR; City of Kent, WA; Salem, OR; Douglas County, WA; Hartford County, MD; Jackson County, OR; Summit County, OH;
  • Expanded/updated coverage for the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Indiana, and Florida
  • Darfur
  • 66 Islands
  • improved SF/Bay area water

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 23 de Noviembre 2006 a las 09:28 PM

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  • Comentarios

    there is new imagery for Colorado Springs

    Enviado por: gulo at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:28 AM

    Go to: 45� 7'21.98"N 123� 6'50.42"W


    Enviado por: polvi at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:14 AM

    Does anybody know, when there will be better images of switzerland?

    Enviado por: gerstenlaub at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 04:23 AM


    Nice find! I'm glad to see they included the new Firefox logo crop circle. Here is a link to the location:


    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 08:25 AM

    Why are those people lying to the south of the Firefox logo?

    Enviado por: DasJan at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 12:34 PM

    Just so you know, the new imagery is for Summit County, Ohio, not Oregon as it says in the picture. There is no Summit County, OR and I live in Summit County, OH, meaning that I saw the new data just for the county. Love the blog.

    Enviado por: Patrick at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 01:53 PM

    They are laying there to be in the aerial photo of the logo (that is several of the folks who helped create it). Notice that the plane and cars are set out as letters.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 24 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:40 PM

    Cool, I live in Jackson County, OR, and I work in Grants Pass, OR. And they were both updated on my Birthday :-)

    Enviado por: Jensen at 26 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:52 AM

    Seems to also be quite a bit of new imagery for South Africa :)

    Enviado por: Marc at 27 de Noviembre 2006 a las 12:44 AM

    In Google Earth, you did a careless job that didn't happen before at the same location.

    Mistake: Bad connection of satellite image
    Location: 9* 56' 15.28" N
    84* 02' 04.49" W

    I would be happy if you take care of it.
    In advance, Thanks!

    Enviado por: Aleeo at 27 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:56 AM

    It is said that 31 cities had updates from Digital Globe. I wonder which cities it concerns. Are they all US cities? Can anyone tell me?

    Enviado por: Maarten at 29 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:48 PM

    How can I obtain a picture of Earth from the moon?

    Enviado por: E T Payne at 5 de Diciembre 2006 a las 11:59 AM

    The list above states that imagery was updated for the "entire island of Oahu," but I'm still seeing imagery in the Honolulu area that's about three years old (e.g., the imagery shows empty lots where 45-story highrises have been occupied for over a year).

    So what was updated on Oahu? Not the entire island, obviously.

    Enviado por: Kuahine at 9 de Diciembre 2006 a las 09:32 AM

    Kuahine, the statement was meant to refer to the fact that the imagery for Oahu is now all high-resolution. Previously portions of Oahu were at 15 meter resolution, now it is at 1 to 2 meters or better.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 9 de Diciembre 2006 a las 09:46 AM

    Thanks very much for your prompt reply, Frank, which explains what the imagery update meant.

    I look forward to seeing new satellite imagery for Honolulu, since many among the current set of images are seriously out of date.

    Enviado por: Kuahine at 10 de Diciembre 2006 a las 05:05 AM

    My question: how did the people in the Firefox logo near Salem OR know that the satellite photo was to be taken at a certain time? Or is it fake?

    Enviado por: Paulsonn at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 06:33 PM

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