Google Earth Hacks: How to Use Historical Satellite Imagery
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Why is it helpful to understand what has happened at, on or around a property over the past 10, 20 or 30 years? A couple of reasons immediately come to mind...
First - it can help us understand whether or not this property is in the path of growth. If you zoom out to see the surrounding few square miles (or even the entire county) - you may notice some new building and development has taken place over the past 10 - 20 years. On the flip side, you may also notice that literally nothing has changed. Either way - you should be able to draw some high-level conclusions about whether or not things are likely to grow in the coming 5, 10 or 20 years to come.
Second - this kind of historical satellite imagery can help us understand what activities may have taken place on the property in the recent past and/or what that property was used for. Has it ever been contaminated? Did it used to look better or worse than it currently does? Has the timber been harvested recently? Has this property improved or deteriorated over time? Chances are - if anything dramatic has changed in the past decade or two, the historical satellite pictures will help tell the story.
The availability of historical map data varies based on what parts of the world you're looking at - but chances are, you should be able to find SOME historical imagery through this helpful functionality in Google Earth.
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Most MYSTERIOUS Discoveries Made By Satellite!
Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Discoveries Made By Satellite! From amazing things caught on camera to bizarre discoveries made on google earth, this top 10 list of bizarre things found by satellite is amazing!
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10. The Badlands Guardian
In southeastern Alberta, Canada is a geological feature that, when viewed from above, looks like something far beyond the grooves in the valley that it's made from. Known as the badlands guardian, it looks just like a human wearing a headdress- the surprising thing is, though, that this hasn't been carved by human hands at all.
9. Saudi Arabian Structures
The increasing clarity provided by satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for researchers and archaeologists around the world, and are particularly useful for exploring hard to reach areas. In 2017, researchers announced the discovery of more than 400 stone structures in Saudi Arabia, each of which dates back many thousands of years.
8. The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are an atmospheric display that attracts thousands of people from around the world to the northern regions for a chance to see them. They are a humbling example of the magnitude of our planet, and the magnetic forces that are continually taking place. Many images and videos have been released by NASA, showing you what the phenomenon looks like from Space.
7. The Giant Pink Rabbit
If you were walking to the top of an Italian mountain, there would probably be a range of things you’d expect to see…. But is the world’s biggest rabbit one of them? As images on Google Earth showed in 2008, on the side of the 5,000-foot high Colletto Fava mountain, in northern Italy, lay a 200-foot long pink rabbit.
6. The Lost City of Tanis
The city of Tanis, which you may know from Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, was once the capital city of Ancient Egypt but has long been lost to the sands of the desert. That was until infrared satellite images of the region were taken, and revealed not only the location but the layout and remains, of Tanis!! Yay!!
5. A Fire in the Ocean
NASA has a number of satellites that continuously look at the earth, but one noticed something quite strange in 2017. Its probe, the Suomi NPP, has thermal imaging capabilities and was taking images of Brazil to monitor the development of forest fires across the country. Each hotspot can be seen on the map in red- which shows how many fires are taking place at any time.
4. Giant A Hole
Finally, here's a perfect example of a neighborly rivalry that’s been caught on camera, and one that can still be seen on Google Maps! Occasionally, someone finds a hilarious image that the satellite imaging has picked up on, and that’s what happened when one user was looking at Sequim, Washington. As you can see, in the field is probably the world’s biggest A-hole!
3. Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence was a deadly storm that hit the Carolinas in September of 2018, resulting in the deaths of 5 people, and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Hurricanes contain huge amounts of energy, but it’s only when you see them imaged from above that you get an idea of just how large and powerful they are.
2. The Desert Atlantis
There are lots of legendary cities that have been lost to time, but recently one was found, which has been affectionately called the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’. For a long time, the only mention of the city called ‘Iram of the Pillars’ was in the Quran, where it was said to be full of vibrant and tall buildings that were the home of the people of Ad. At the end of the story, which saw the people being punished by Allah, the city was buried beneath the sand- never to be seen again.
1. The Millennium Falcon
Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, is not somewhere most people have heard of- but it’s one of the locations that has been used for filming some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years- including ‘Thor 2’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Fast and the Furious 6’, and the Star Wars movies.
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30 Disturbing Things Found on Google Maps
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Real Images from the Solar System!
Back to space!
This should be a reminder of how far we have come, and how much there is still to explore.
Our species has its eyes in the solar system, while we still stay at home for now.
While we perform incredible tasks in exploring, the results sometimes vanish in the huge mess of information we devour daily. No wonder people are wondering what is reality and what is fake. Because it takes time to find out and understand.
People who do not care will believe what they want anyway.
Of course there is tons of interesting data, but there is a huge interest in pictures, because they transport a feeling of being there. It really shows that we want to go.
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UK weather May 2012 - Satellite imagery
May saw a tale of two halves with regards to the weather, with cool and unsettled weather for the first three weeks with winds mostly in the north and east. Then generally very warm and settled weather for the second half of the month with a recording breaking temperature for Scotland.
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One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles
On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home planet and the sun.
EPIC takes a new picture every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes, capturing the ever-changing motion of clouds and weather systems and the fixed features of Earth such as deserts, forests and the distinct blues of different seas. EPIC will allow scientists to monitor ozone and aerosol levels in Earth’s atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth.
The primary objective of DSCOVR, a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force, is to maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA.
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