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
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 Geology.com
Check out sand dunes, irrigation projects, shrinking lakes, volcanoes, meteor impact craters and more using the Google Maps Mashup of the Sahara Desert at Geology.com. 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 Geology.com
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Rental Property Maps Allow Price Comparison
RentSlicer.com 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.
Screenshot from RentSlicer.com
View the Rental Property Maps
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.