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10 de Junio 2007

Huge Imagery Update Now Available in Google Maps

The huge imagery update which came out for Google Earth on June 2nd is now available in Google Maps. There are DigitalGlobe satellite photos for random places all over the world, most of England is now at high resolution (50 cm/pixel), and many other places as well. Google mentioned during a conference last week that there was more data added in this update than existed in all of Google Earth before a year ago. Read below for the details on the imagery from Google.

New high resolution:

Canada: Whistler, BC; Waterloo & Toronto, Ontario; Nanaimo, BC; and Fort Saskatchewan, AB England: Base 50cm coverage of nearly entire country, and Avon Germany: Cities/Regions of Greifswald, Trier, Köln, Stuttgart, Bonn, Oldenburg, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Hamburg, Hannover, and Ritterhude Austria: Villach region France: Cities of Caen, Dijon, Metz, St Etienne, Toulouse and Rouen Spain: Valencia Andorra US: Imperial County (CA); Yellowstone National Park (WY); Galveston/Houston (TX); Peterborough (NH); Cheyenne (WY); Burke, Wake, and Cabarrus Counties (NC); Racine and Kenosha Counties (WI); Washington, DC; St Paul (MN); and the State of Alabama Japan: City/Regions of Kochi, Asahikawa, Koriyama, Miyazaki, Nagano, Utsunomiya, Akita, and Toyama

Large DigitalGlobe (60cm) update includes areas in Sudan, expanded Africa, Australia, Mexico coverage and smaller areas of coverage in Asia, Polynesia, South America, Canada, Europe, Middle East plus some interesting islands in Antarctica and Greenland.

Updated Imagery:

Americas: Bogotá, Columbia; Mission Viejo (CA, US); Hillsborough County (FL, US) EU: Dublin, Ireland Middle East/Africa: Beirut, Lebanon and Tripoli, Libya Asia: Hong Kong and Manila, Philippine

Updated 3D Terrain (Google Earth only):

Western US 10m, Canary Islands 10m


Enviado por FrankTaylor at 10 de Junio 2007 a las 02:14 PM

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    The Mission Viejo, CA update both in GE and Maps was a step backward. The area of Ladera Ranch, where I live now shows empty lots. The previous imagery showed the houses. Also, the terrain update for this area is too old, because the terrain got graded and reshaped for the housing development. So the 10m elevation data shows the pre-grading elevation while the imagery shows the post-grading landscape. I'm disappointed, especially since the imagery update went backwards in time.

    Enviado por: Zsolt at 10 de Junio 2007 a las 04:31 PM

    Dear Frank,

    I'd like to thank you for your very informative blogs over the past few years. I really enjoy your updates on the latest Google Earth and related technologies.

    Just out of interest, what do you do for a living on a day to day basis? Is the Google Earth Blog just hobby or a career?

    Keep up the good work!


    Enviado por: Pete at 11 de Junio 2007 a las 05:33 AM

    Thanks for the update.


    Enviado por: Pratheep at 11 de Junio 2007 a las 05:47 AM

    Strange, I can't see the Bogotá, Colombia update in GMaps yet. Maybe it's not out to all their servers yet?

    Enviado por: Richard at 11 de Junio 2007 a las 12:00 PM

    Pete, Google Earth Blog is responsible for the bulk of my business-related income at this time. Believe it or not, between Adsense, other sponsors, and some consulting work - the income is not bad. Most engineers would be happy to have it as a salary. And, the monthly expenses to run the blog are well below my daily ad revenue. :-)

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 11 de Junio 2007 a las 01:08 PM

    For Austria it is much more, than Villach region. It is the region around Spittal, Lake Millstättersee, Gmünd, part of Maltatal, Bleiberg, Kremsbrücke...

    Enviado por: Monika Meurer at 12 de Junio 2007 a las 09:48 AM

    Great news! :)
    Though I'm still wondering how long would it take to have my country shown at a decent level of zoom in Google Earth? I'm talking about Romania. It's frustrating for me 'cause I can't precisely spot locations...

    Enviado por: Zdeto at 13 de Junio 2007 a las 09:21 AM

    It's been a pity the update for Catalonia (Spain). The new render cover all the territory with "high resolution" pictures, but the former ones -not covering all Catalonia- had a better resolution.

    Enviado por: Golden at 15 de Junio 2007 a las 07:17 AM

    How accurate is lat/long info in Google Earth? I ask because if you go to the Greenwich Observatory, by definition 0° longitude, my placemark there shows it as 0° 0'4.61"W

    How can that be?


    Enviado por: Alan at 17 de Junio 2007 a las 08:51 AM

    Alan, the coordinates in Google Earth are not wrong. This is due to the choice to use the WGS84 coordinate system used by GPS. Check out this blog entry which explains the issue:


    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 20 de Junio 2007 a las 09:46 PM

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