Friday, August 1, 2008

I spy, I find...Google Earth...

Pretty cool app by the web-searching giant, Google, Google Earth is a virtual globe program that maps the earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe

F*ck MapQuest unreliable a$, I'm getting directions off of Google Earth.

compared to Google Maps, on Google Earth you are able to make the buildings 3D and also to rotate the camera horizontal as well as vertically. Take a look at what downtown Atlanta looks like:

download Google Earth -> HERE

now for the funny/interesting stuff you can do with Google Earth/Maps.

****if you are using Google Maps don't forget to put the map in satellite mode****

here are a few interesting findings (not by me of course, i don't have that much free time)

The giant pink bunny (Google Earth coordinates 44.244273, 7.769737)

Google's satellites sometimes catch the Earth's inhabitants on the move, like these ten African elephants (Google Earth coordinates 10.903497, 19.93229).

This geological marvel is called The Badlands Guardian by locals (Google Earth coordinates 50.010083, -110.113006)

Oprah Winfrey's celebrity weren't big enough already, an Arizona farmer built a 10-acre homage to the talk show host (Google Earth coordinates 33.225488, -111.5955)

Sometimes Google Earth is lucky enough to catch things as they happen. Here Google Earth captures a truck that crashed (Google Earth coordinates 46.765669, -100.79274)

Bikini and thongs on Australia's Bondi Beach (Google Earth coordinates -33.892351, 151.27538)

Camels and their caretakers taking a water break in Nigeria. (Google Earth coordinates 15.298693, 19.429661)

Some of the sights you find in Google Earth are just plain mysterious. For example, why is a fighter jet parked in a local parking lot? (Google Earth coordinates 48.825183, 2.1985795)

Type the coordinates in yourself to see.


Stew said...

i was wondering if google earth would ever go 3d. now i want to play with it and see what's out there

kid.a said...

yea google earth has come a long way since its beta release a couple of yrs ago. its pretty to play with.

NormmyNorm said...

That is fairly detailed. I didn't know it could zoom in so far.