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kjfitz
07/26/07 05:49 PM

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Google updated their imagery (both Google Maps and Google Earth). Instead of listing the new coverage they've released a set of hints:

* Two states known for their majestic peaks have gotten an upgrade.
* I can now see where my favorite maple syrup is made.
* Certain Florida beaches (and 1 mountain) are looking much improved.
* Try counting the warthogs in the Boneyard.
* Peek inside the home of the Brew Crew.
* You can read the Skin's logo painted on their field.
* An historic state capitol building is now in high res.
* This city was named after the Native American name of a nearby mountain, "Tacobet."
* A "far away" city that played a key role in trans-Saharan trade can now be seen close up.
* The town where Jane Austen spent her final years is much clearer.
* The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
* Take a look at "la ville noir," where Cointreau was invented.
* Only a third of this country's land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res.
* From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world's tallest building.
* Rockets may be used to disrupt rain clouds over this city next summer.
* This country received an impressive terrain update, you might call it Lord of the Terrain.

Details at the Google Lat Long Blog.


Edited by kjfitz (07/30/07 06:16 PM)
dda
07/26/07 08:09 PM

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* The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
Arles, France

* Take a look at "la ville noir," where Cointreau was invented.
It's "la ville noire" (The black city) Angers, France

* From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world's tallest building.
Köln (Cologne) and the cathedral


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TexasAndroid
07/27/07 07:25 AM

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* An historic state capitol building is now in high res.

By process of elimination, I *think* this is Dover, Delaware. Definitely now in high res. A while back I worked to submit as many of the state capital buildings as I could find. I did a pretty complete job of submitting all that were in GM high res at that point. Someone else submitted LL/YM for most of the ones not in high res in GM. We have 49 of 50 identified. A quick survey shows all 49 were either already in GM high res, or are still not in high res. The one we have no submission for is Delaware. Looking it up from Wikipedia, I'm able to find that it is indeed now in high res. So I'm pretty sure that this is our answer here. I'll be submitting the Delaware capital building shortly.


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TexasAndroid
07/27/07 07:32 AM

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Or not. We had the Delaware map, just did not have it named right to be easily findable. Ok. Not sure which one this refers to any more.


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TexasAndroid
07/27/07 07:45 AM

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Ok. IC. This is, so far, a G-Earth only publish. So it has to be one of the 2-3 ones that, in G-Maps, are still in low res. I'll assemble a list, and someone with access to GE can check them out, or we just wait a week or two for them to forward the new data to GM.

Kentucky
New Hampshire (Technically already in high res, but not very good high res)
Vermont


So there it is. So this is likely then Frankfort, Kentuky or Montpelier, Vermont. Could be Concord, New Hampshire, but I suspect not.


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kjfitz
07/27/07 12:17 PM

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SPOILER WARNING

Digital earth Blog may have them all worked out.


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TexasAndroid
07/27/07 01:20 PM

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Well, they list Charleston, WV as the possible improved state capital, but that's already nice in high rez in the GM release, so I'm inclined to think not.


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dda
07/27/07 06:20 PM

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Update over France :
Rouen, Arles, Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand, Amiens, Metz, Perpignan (and all the Languedoc coast) Hendaye, Bayonne, Angers, Bourges, Grenoble, (Tours, Blois, Amboise, Orléans... All the river Loire have better resolution)


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dda
07/28/07 03:56 AM

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The Arles picture is the same as the old one. They just changed the contrast level.


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dda
07/29/07 05:09 PM

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The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day : Madrid ???

Only a third of this country's land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res : Italy ???

I don't think it's Italy. First, entire Italy is not in high res (just medium res), second, where have you read that a only a third of Italy is arable ?


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milwhcky
07/29/07 05:57 PM

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According to this link, Italy is only 31% arable (land able to grow crops).
http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/italy.htm
kjfitz
07/30/07 06:17 PM

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Now updated in Google Maps too.


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mlc1us
07/30/07 07:26 PM

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Quiz answers plus a complete list of updates are now posted at the Google Lat Long Blog.


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