Google's Lat Long Blog announced imagery updates a plenty today that touch on nearly every part of the globe. Seriously, if you live on Earth, you probably live somewhere that is included in the new imagery in Google Earth and Google Maps. Here's the entire list:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Antarctica
Told you it was a doozy. I almost wonder if it would have been easier for Google to list the countries that weren't included in the update. At any rate, the map below of the United States should give you an idea of how disparate the updates in a region can be (the updated regions are in red).
And, across the Atlantic, you'll notice there are a ton of updates in South Africa.
Google highlighted a couple of places in the blog post that received the updates, one of which is Augusta, Georgia, home of the annual golf tournament, The Masters. Below you'll see how much more striking the details of the shrubbery appear in the new imagery.
There's some odd inclusions to this update, though, like the entire state of West Virginia and Mississippi in the United States, but then very random selection of other states. Also, seemingly sporadic updates were made for countries like Cuba and Indonesia. Additionally, there's some weird zigzaggy update going up through New Mexico and Colorado that doesn't appear to be associated with any river or states' borders.
Anybody have any idea what that might be?
At any rate. The updates are currently available in Google Earth and will arrive in Google Maps in the next few days.