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Didn't Google Earth always have an ocean? Technically, yes, well, sort of. We have always had a big blue expanse and some low-resolution shading to suggest depth. But starting today we have a much more detailed bathymetric map (the ocean floor), so you can actually drop below the surface and explore the nooks and crannies of the seafloor in 3D. While you're there you can explore thousands of data points including videos and...
 Google Google Earth ocean map cartography
Google Earth has done much to help humans understand their planet, opening the eyes of many to new views of places near and far. But for some time now, the Google Earth team has failed to prioritize the obvious needs of a very select but important potential audience: Martians.
 Google Google Earth cartography Mars
A legal claim by a Pittsburgh couple that Google's Street View feature violated their privacy has been thrown out by a federal judge. Christine and Aaron Boring sued the search giant after photos of their home appeared on the free mapping program...

2009-02-19

 Google maps cartography privacy
The Lost City of Atlantis is still lost - despite hopes that Google Earth had located the fabled city on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Observers noted what seemed to be a grid of streets and the outlines of a big city on the sea floor about 960km (600 miles) off the African coast. Experts had said this was one of the possible sites of the city described by Plato, the Greek philosopher. But Google said the lines represented sonar data...

2009-02-21

 Google Earth cartography map legend Plato Atlantis sonar
The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) is an instrument on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. It combines a 5-wavelength visual imaging system with a 9-wavelength infrared imaging system. The orbiter launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 7, 2001 and arrived at Mars on October 24, 2001.
 Mars astronomy maps thermal cartography

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