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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Interesting Satellite Images

Google Sightseeing is a fun website where interesting images from google maps are shared with site visitors. The images are indexed by location and category and there is also an interactive map that you can click to see the latest additions.

Image by USGS
Check it out at at Google Sightseeing.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Google Limits Resolution of Satellite Images

Google has degraded the satellite images of Israel that are served via the web to comply with US Law. The Kyl-Bangaman Amendment requires commercial satellite images to degrade Israel coverage to a two meter resolution.
Read more about Google Satellite Image Resolution at

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Top Ten Map Stories for 2005

Directions Magazine has published an article that reviews the top ten developments in the field of maps, gis and locational technology. Included in their list are the role of technology in hurricane and tsunami response; new mapping applications from Google, MSN and Yahoo; creation of MapServer Foundation; Google Mashups and Google Earth and their rapid adoption by millions. Visit their site to see the Top Stories in Maps and Mapping.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Sahara Desert Map at

Check out sand dunes, irrigation projects, shrinking lakes, volcanoes, meteor impact craters and more using the Google Maps Mashup of the Sahara Desert at Interesting places are marked on the map and you can zoom in close to learn about them.

Image by USGS
Visit the Sahara Desert Map at

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Rental Property Maps Allow Price Comparison has added Google Maps functionality to their website allowing potential tennants in the Los Angeles area to search communities and compare rental prices online. They can compare rental properties in different neighborhoods, for different types of rentals, and in different price ranges. All of this is available for free. The website is also a tool for landlords and developers as they can use the same information for investment and price evaluations.

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View the Rental Property Maps at

Monday, December 12, 2005

United States Obesity Map

The Center for Disease Control has posted maps of United States obesity on their website. These maps show a dramatic increase in obesity for the entire United States.

Image by CDC
See the maps and read the report for the United States Obesity Map at the CDC website.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Snowmobile Maps - Groomed Trails

The Blackhills National Forest has prepared maps of trails that have been set aside for "Snowmobile Use Only". Wheeled vehicles are not permitted on these trails so that they can be enjoyed by snowmobile fans between December 15 and March 31.

Image by Black Hills National Forest
View the Snowmobile Maps at the BHNF website.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Trip Planning at Google Transit

Google is experimenting with public transit maps for the city of Portland Oregon. This new service, called "Google Transit", allows you to querry for a trip and see a map of the public transit route plus schedules, prices, trip duration, starting/finishing address and more.

Google Trip Planning
Check out Google Trip Planner

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

New Map of Antarctica

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has produced a cloud-free view of Antarctica, including the ice sheet, ice shelves, and land surfaces at a grid scale of 125 m and an estimated resolution of 150 m. All land areas south of 60° S that are larger than a few hundred meters are included in the mosaic.

Read more and view the map at Mosaic of Antarctica MOA Image Map.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The Future of GIS and Data Mapping

An interesting article at Directions Magazine (Struggling for Relevance in the Era of the Google Phenomenon) speculates on the importance of Google Maps and how it has given a big boost to the geographic awareness of the general public in a few short months. Google Maps and similar services offered by others provide an easy to use interface that puts geographic data just one click away from the user. This has significant implications and potential market disruptions to those who offer GIS and other mapping services.

Read more about Google Maps and the Future of GIS at Directions Magazine.

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