September 23, 2012
100 grand landmarks as seen from Google Maps
It's a wonderful world we live in and Google is doing an amazing job of mapping it. Most people use the service to get directions, but Google’s satellite images also capture the world's landmarks, which look a little different than you may be used to when viewed from the sky.
Have you ever wondered what the Statue of Liberty (the one in the US — yes, there are two), Niagara Falls, the London Eye, the famous Hollywood sign or the Sea of Galilee look like when viewed from above? Well, before 1999 you would have needed a plane and millions of dollars to travel the world and see. Now, for free, Google Maps will transport you anywhere in the world.
As of 2012, Google Maps contained over 20 petabytes of data (that’s 21 million gigabytes). It uses images that are updated approximately every two weeks, according to Mashable. As you may note, some images appear blurry. This is because governments (or third party satellite owners) can have the images blurred before they reach Google (just try looking up sensitive locations in Washington, D.C.).
Total items listed: 100. Time to compile: 12+ hours.
Pictured from the top down: the Eiffel Tower; the Statue of Liberty; the Hollywood Sign.
Fair warning: There goes the day (for once, no exaggeration).
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There are actually several "Statue of Liberty" statues/replicas around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicas_of_the_Statue_of_Liberty
Posted by: EEJ | Sep 24, 2012 11:54:37 AM
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