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Tracking Flight MH17 in Google Earth

Last week, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board. While blame is still being passed around for the crash, there are some places using Google Earth to try to better understand what happened. First is the photo below, found via Twitter, which is […]

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Looking at nuclear disasters in Google Earth

Sylvan Lane at Mashable recently posted an in-depth look at nuclear disasters over the years, and he made solid use of Google Earth and Google Maps to explain each event. Along with discussions of Chernobyl and Fukushima, Sylvan also took a look at Three Mile Island and Kyshtym. You can check out the full article […]

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New Google Earth imagery ? July 18, 2014

It turns out that a few days ago while we were telling you about the new 3D imagery in London, Google had also pushed out quite a lot of fresh satellite imagery. Thanks to ‘munden’, ‘dario’ and ‘Wguayana’ for letting us know about it. Some of the updated areas include: Canada: Halifax China: Dinghai, Fangjia, […]

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45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

This Sunday 45 years ago, July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. One great way to experience the landing is by viewing this amazing Google Earth tour that Sean Askay put together a few years ago. As you can see in […]

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London goes 3D

Google has finally added 3D imagery to London, and it appears they’ve done a great job with it. As with other recent cities, it appears that their techniques for creating this imagery continue to improve and London seems to be the best-looking 3D city we’ve seen so far! In particular, streets are smoother than many […]

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Google Begins Selling Their Own Imagery

Part of the business model of Google Earth has always been that free access to seeing all of the imagery helped raise the visibility of the satellite and aerial photography businesses.  But, if a business wants to use this imagery, they are supposed to purchase the imagery from the provider mentioned at the bottom of […]

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Exploring earthquake fault lines in Google Earth

We’ve talked about Earthquakes quite a lot over the years, as Google Earth is a great tool for visualizing those types of events. However, we’ve not shown very much related to the actual fault lines themselves. Ervin Malicdem at S1 Expeditions recently took a look at the West and East Valley Fault System in the […]

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Protecting uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest with Google Earth

Scientists from the University of Missouri and the University of New Mexico have been using Google Earth imagery to track an uncontacted tribe in Amazon rainforest in Brazil. While Google Earth adds a level of convenience for the researchers, tracking the tribe from afar can be essential to their survival. From Mongabay.com: Small populations like […]

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Goodbye Old Friend: Implicit Deprecation of the Earth Plug-in

This is a long winded guest post by me, Sean Maday, a guy who spends quality time thinking about maps and pondering about geospatial visualization. Houston, we have a problem! The technology that brought mainstream 3D geospatial visualization to the web browser is rendering on borrowed time. It appears that the Google Earth Plug-in is […]

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Mapping slave history with Google Earth

A group of archaeologists in Asheville, North Carolina are using Google Earth to document the history of slavery in their city. The project is described as the following by Audie Cornish of NPR: In Asheville, North Carolina, an effort is being made to do more in remembering the city’s slave history. A team of archaeologists […]

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