Google Earth Provides Updates, Answers

    August 1, 2007

There’s a fresh post on the Google LatLong Blog, and it’s titled, “Where in the world is…(Answers).”  You see, the post informs readers of various geographic locations that were hinted at earlier.  But if Google was asking (perhaps rhetorically), “Where in the world is an updated image?” the answer would be, “just about everywhere.”

Google Earth Provides Updates, Answers
Google Earth Provides Updates, Answers

Matt Manolides, a GIS specialist, provides a list that goes on . . . and on . . . and on.  Roughly 57 places (exactly 57, if I didn’t lose count) in Google Earth have been updated to a “new high resolution,” and about 44 have benefited from “updated imagery.”  Only four regions have received “updated terrain,” but at least those are easier to keep track of.

Google was pretty much equal-opportunity in its approach to these updates – its major headings name the U.S., South America, France, Italy, Germany, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East/Africa, Asia, and Oceania.  And yes, I realize there’s quite a bit of overlap in those areas, but then again, the world’s a rather big place.

This made a lot of Google’s update-related questions relatively hard to answer.  For example, I never could have guessed where Cointreau was invented – I’m generally a Guinness man, and have no experience with this “unique premium spirit made from orange peels” (in Angers, France).  On the other hand, the clue about a “Lord of the Terrain” was a clear nod to “The Lord of the Rings” and New Zealand.

In any event, the updating is all done . . . until next time.  After all, even though Google Earth revisited all these places, there are still a lot more out there.