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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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*** OH! you have to check-out this GREAT site!! ***

It's called google earth & you can view anywhere on the
planet via satellite images. Even type in your address &
you can see your house! Awesome.

http://earth.google.com/


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Yes, I love google earth. It's free to download and VERY VERY informative. I like the part where you can map out directions and it'll show you exactly how to get there.
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I used that to check out Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
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I found this very helpful after Katrina as well. It let me know that my neighborhood wasn't completely underwater. It also helped to show roof damage, which we thankfully didn't get.


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Yes, I love google earth. It's free to download and VERY VERY informative. I like the part where you can map out directions and it'll show you exactly how to get there.
Oh gosh yes! I use it to check out places outside the USA. Right now, I got the site of the Chernobyl reactor and the Kremlin added to my Google Earth placemarks. Too bad Chernobyl does not have the detail for close up views that the Kremlin has.
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wow, I can see exactly where my apartment is in my building
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Anybody ever try to go to the south pole with google earth? You can get as close to 90 deg S as you can get, but there is so much distortion from the 3D mapping that all you see is a blur. Too bad because I was curious if the research station at the south pole was visible with google earth.

As a matter of fact, almost all of Antarctica is distorted..
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The UK is too because they do not have detailed enough pictures I think...
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The UK is too because they do not have detailed enough pictures I think...
I think it all depends on the surveyed area. London is very detailed while the British countryside is not quite as detailed. Same with the Chernobyl reactor. The detail is fuzzy b/c it is of a lower resolution yet the Kremlin is nearly as sharp as a pin.

Here is the Chernobyl reactor at close to 16,000 feet off the ground.


And here is the Kremlin at only 4000ft off the ground.


Quite a difference. The reactor is fuzzier even at higher elevations. If I were to have the reactor's altitude at 4000ft, it would be just a blob of green and gray.

But here is my example for the south pole.



Granted, the south pole is not directly centered in the photo, but you can see all the mapping sectors converge. But that was the distortion I was referring to. It is as if everything is stretched.
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-14-2006, 11:24 AM
 
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I tried to find my parents house in the boonies of northern ny and it is all a blur. You can see my boyfriends old apartment in las vegas perfectly though.
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