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7 Shocking Google Earth GIFs of Human Impact on Earth

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by

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There’s no doubt about it, humans have reshaped the earth more in the last two hundred years than at any other time in our history… and the last 25 years are no different. Now Google has released a new “interactive map experience” which allows users to view archived satellite data over the last quarter century and in doing so they are giving us perhaps the most clear and valuable view of our recent impact on earth. “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” Google said in a statement [Read more...]

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Forget Hiking! Google Maps Hits the Grand Canyon

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Spoiler Alert… for anyone who wants to be surprised by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, don’t look at this! Google announced today that it has gotten into the hiking game… and they’re making it a lot easier for those who would rather go there by armchair. Today they released an extensive trail based tour the majestic Grand Canyon. Just like Google Street View, you can now cruise down over 75 miles of trails including the famous Bright Angel and Kaibab Trail. It’s a far sight easier than pulling on those old hiking boots. [Read more...]

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Google Maps Images Become Vintage Postcards

Saturday 09.22.2012 , Posted by

When I first saw these vintage looking postcards, I thought they were just really excellent aerial photographs from yesteryear. Businesses, schools, sports fields and shipping yards dominate the subjects, with faded vintage colors and the marks of swift travels through the post kept the illusion going. The images could easily be from the bustling, expanding world of the 1950s or 1960s… but they’re not. [Read more...]

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Live Out Your Childhood Astronaut Dreams…Virtually

Friday 08.03.2012 , Posted by

Almost all kids go through a phase in life where they think they want to be an astronaut when they grow up. What could be more amazing than riding on a rocket ship to outer space? Now you can walk in the shoes of an astronaut in virtual visits to Kennedy Space Center. NASA and Google Street View have collaborated, offering 6,000 panoramic views of the facilities, including the space shuttle launch pad, Vehicle Assembly Building, and Launch Firing Room #4. With this virtual tour, you can get up close and personal with the engine that has the power to generate 400,000lbs of thrust and see Space Shuttle Orbiters—the Atlantis and Endeavour from any angle you choose. You may not be able to taste the freeze dried ice cream from the gift shop, but this is an awesome project for space lovers and astronaut-wannabes of all ages! [Read more...]

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CARPETING THE WORLD WITH GOOGLE MAPS

Wednesday 12.28.2011 , Posted by

Intrepid German designer, David Hanaurer shows us a fascinating view of the world with his “WorldWide Carpets”. Using Google Earth and Google map images as patterns, Hanaurer has created modern versions of the Persian rug. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Stop Motion Journey Using Google Maps

Tuesday 11.29.2011 , Posted by

A tiny desk toy takes a journey from the office to the Pacific coast, thanks to Google Maps. I can’t get over how well done this stop-motion animation was made… and how cleverly. A personal project of director Tom Jenkins, all imagery is seamlessly animated straight from the screen using stills in street view; there are no screen replacements. The office around the screen dances to life too, bringing motion and depth to the scene. It’s gorgeous and moving. [Read more...]

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Beauty Captured By Google Street View

Tuesday 11.22.2011 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe these dreamy photographs came from the top of a speeding Google Street View car, but that’s just where photographer Aaron Hobson found them. The images follow in the footsteps of his ongoing “Cinemascapes” series, where like a landscape loving Cindy Sherman, he creates wide format images that appear to have jumped from the silver screen. [Read more...]

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The Distorted Bridges of Google Earth

Wednesday 03.09.2011 , Posted by

Exploring connections between digital systems and art, Clement Valla has captured some very interesting shots from Google Earth. The images take advantage of the distortion created by the popular map programs terrain software, revealing bridges that look as if they have been bent under great weight, heat or the brush of Salvador Dali. See more great captures at clementvalla.com

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Google Earth: The California Bay Area Now 3D!

Thursday 01.27.2011 , Posted by

(Thursday – 01/27/11) If you’ve never been to the California Bay area, now is your chance… at least virtually. Google announced today that it has rolled out tens of thousands of new, user created buildings for Google Earth and Google Maps, covering central California, from San Jose up to San Francisco. Included are such famous landmarks as the Golden Gate bridge, the Ferry Building and yes, the Mountain View based Googleplex (In order to view these links, you need to have the Google Earth plugin for Google Maps installed).

This project is really just the beginning, as it continues an ambitious 5 year old announcement that Google would facilitate the creation of 3D models for every building in the world. To learn more about how you can help put your favorite buildings on the map, check out Google SketchUp and Building Maker. [Read more...]

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