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Google Maps high detail

2007-03-21 01:00:10.312919+00 by Dan Lyke 11 comments

Whoah: From an email on the Chugalug mailing list, take a look at this Google Maps location. Apparently there are places where you can hack in a "z" value of up to 23 in the URL and get some interesting results.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 02:40:22.351561+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

Okay. If you checkmark "Featured Content" under Layers it'll show other high-res placemarks.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 12:02:42.719425+00 by: meuon

And that's the declassified photo's? Wow! Any way of telling if that's satellite or something lwoer?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 13:07:13.072644+00 by: markd

Those look like some of the National Geographic low-fly things. If you run google earth, there's a whole layer dedicated to them.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 15:00:57.417209+00 by: Diane Reese

Where is this Layers option found?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 16:52:04.101914+00 by: Brian

it's got to be something lower: the people are looking up at the camera. Probably a plane.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-21 19:21:40.368778+00 by: markd

Diane: Run google earth, go to the layers thing in the side bar, then Featured Content -> National Geographic Magazine -> Africa Megaflyover. Go to Africa and look for red airplanes.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-22 04:05:04.883076+00 by: baylink

And, um, zoom out to, say... 13.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-22 14:18:13.006982+00 by: Dan Lyke

You mean those weird stripes?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-22 14:48:35.108349+00 by: Dan Lyke

And here's the top ten naked people on Google Earth.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-22 21:23:43.736316+00 by: ziffle [edit history]

I am disappointed with the resolution of the images. If I look at my house for example its not clear - does anyone know if higher resolution is available - or is it not possible from that high up?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-03-22 23:22:39.252708+00 by: Dan Lyke

There are theoretical limits to what satellites can do, much of the higher res stuff is taken from airplanes, but I think tat some point it boils down to an economic question of what it's reasonable to georeference and include. I believe that Google and Microsoft are in a race to do some sort of georeferencing photos from contributors so that you can get contributed views, and you might be able to get better with some of the commercial software (Eric, you wanna pipe in here?), but I think that's probably what they've got right now.