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Olympic Whitewater Venue

by StreetViewFun.com on Jun.24, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Bomb damage from the war in Yemen

by Timothy Whitehead on Jun.24, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

There is an ongoing war in Yemen that started early last year. We have in the past had a look at the bomb damage at Sana’a airport in May 2015, and had another look in January this year.

Today we are having a look at some of the signs of bomb damage we have come across in other parts of the country.


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Destroyed building at the airport at Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

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A damaged football stadium in Aden, Yemen.

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Destroyed buildings at Ta’izz International Airport, Yemen.

Planes and a building destroyed at the airport in Aden, Yemen.


Destroyed buildings near Ta’izz, Yemen.


To find the above locations and a few more in Google Earth, download this KML file.

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Tribal chief

by Willi1 on Jun.24, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Monument to friendship of people and animals

by sashafromdonetsk on Jun.23, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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What does it take to process 3D imagery?

by Timothy Whitehead on Jun.23, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Google has recently been pushing out 3D imagery of various Brazilian cities in preparation for the Olympics. The interesting part, however, is that the imagery isn’t new. The imagery of Rio de Janeiro, for example was captured around February 2013 in preparation for the FIFA World Cup that took place in Brazil in 2014. At the time, Google did release some 3D imagery of Brazil, sometimes limited to the football stadiums involved in the world cup and small areas around them.

Google Earth does not provide dates for when 3D imagery was captured, so it must be compared with available historical imagery to determine the approximate date. The easiest way to do this is to look for a construction area. Depending on the availability of historical imagery the date can be determined within a month in some cases but only to within a couple of years in others.

Here are the dates that some of the 3D imagery, released in the last few weeks, was actually captured:
Rio de Janeiro – circa February 2013
Belo Horizonte, Brazil – August 2014
Manaus, Brazil – circa August 2015
Durban, South Africa – August 2015
Soweto, South Africa, between September 2015 and March 2016
Arecibo, Puerto Rico – after January 2016
Valencia, Spain – between July 2014 and August 2015
Daytona Beach, Florida – between January 2014 and February 2016

All this points to Google still having to do quite a lot of manual work when it comes to processing and releasing 3D imagery and they have a team that can only process a given amount in a given time. This is also borne out by the relatively regular release of 3D imagery.

So how much work do they need to do? There was the case of Lexington, Kentucky that we looked at, where several buildings were missing in the 3D imagery (it has now been corrected). If someone had to manually check every building in Rio de Janeiro, it could take years!

Let’s take a look around Valencia, Spain and see if we can identify signs of manual intervention in the 3D imagery generation:

If you don’t have it already, download our KML map of 3D areas to find out where new imagery has been released as well as the extent of existing imagery.

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Heroes

by Willi1 on Jun.23, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Double greeting

by sashafromdonetsk on Jun.22, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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The rock near Deception Island that looks like a Kraken

by Timothy Whitehead on Jun.22, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

A story about a Kraken (a legendary sea monster) being spotted in Google Earth imagery recently went viral. It turns out, however, that it is actually just a rock. The rock in question is named Sail Rock and lies south west of Deception Island, one of the South Shetland Islands near Antarctica. For more details of the story and a photo of the rock see this article.


Sail Rock, as seen in Google Earth.

It is not a new image, having been captured in 2013. We have actually been asked about this particular image in the past by a GEB reader and dismissed it as almost certainly a rock. Whenever you encounter unusual imagery and want to learn more about the area, try turning on various Google Earth layers to see if there are any relevant placemarks. The layers we find most useful for this are “Places”, “Photos” and “More->Wikipedia”. In this case there is actually a Wikipedia page for Sail Rock which has been updated with a reference to the recent story, but the page itself has been in existence since 2010. The placemark is a little to the north of the correct location, but close enough that you would find it if you were looking. In addition, always check ‘historical imagery’. In this particular case there are no other images of the location.

One clue that the image is of a rock is that Google Earth, in default view, shows satellite imagery in the vicinity and not ocean floor data. This indicates that Google considers the area to be land or close to land, i.e., they are aware of an island, rock or reef at the location.

And for final confirmation, since our trial licence for GeoSage’s Spectral Transformer has not yet expired, we decided to have a look at the location using Sentinel Imagery.


Copernicus Sentinel data, captured on March 28th, 2016.

Apparently the Kraken hasn’t moved since 2013. It is not a high resolution image, but it’s enough to confirm that there is definitely something unmoving at the location. To find the location and see the Sentinel image in Google Earth download this KML file.

For the history of nearby Deception Island see this YouTube video.

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Kiss me

by Willi1 on Jun.22, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Coloured canal boat

by Morgoth on Jun.21, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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