Saturday, May 19, 2012

Google Earth

I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of that Google Earth. Ever since I can remember I've loved maps, and for as long as I've had the internet I've looked for good interactive maps. Google Earth is certainly the best that I've found. You can see terrain, interact with other users via placemarks and Panoramio pictures, and there's a ton of different layers you can add. I've been known to waste much time playing around with it.

So I figured, since I'm out interacting with the real Earth, here's some screenshots of various locations I've found on Google Earth that I think are pretty freakin' awesome. What I've done is take screenshots with none of the toolbars, pasted it into Microsoft Paint. Then I crop it so that the menubar, "Google" logo and other writings are not included, shifting the desired image into the top left corner. Then make the image attributes such that the image ends at the coordinates of the bottom right corner of the desired image, thereby deleting the Google logo and such. I end up with just the pure image. They are pieces of art in and of themselves. I hope you enjoy.

The braided Koyukuk River, Alaska

Dendritic pattern in the Colorado Delta

Another dendritic pattern in the Colorado Delta

A third, and my favorite, dendritic pattern in the Delta.

Dunes in the Sahara

Dune field in Lybia
Mackenzie River Delta, Northwest Territories

White Canyon, southeast Utah

Saving the best for last, the Yukon Delta, Alaska


  1. That's pretty cool. Haven't been on Google Earth for awhile, but something tells me that's about to change very soon.

  2. That's beautiful stuff! The Yukon Delta looks like one of those cross sections of lung tissue or something you'd see in a biology book.

  3. Some of those images are satellite acquired, with spectral sensors that produce not panchromatic images, but digital images that end up with false color applied according to the spectral information in pixels. The Yukon Delta image looks very much like pone of those. A company called Eosat, using the Landsat satellite remote sensors, used to produce a gorgeous corporate-gift desk and wall calendar with their images. (I used to work for a company that did research in this kind of remote sensing.)