Google Earth’s New Maps and Your Next Adventure
Google Earth now provides crisper cleaner images for all of the mapping composed of over 700 trillion pixels. In the first update in years, Google released new features which will make it easier and more accurate to map out your next adventures.
Google Earth is composed of snapshots that subsume the entire earth and then are rendered into one giant image consisting of the earth. The maps that Google Earth had been using were based on mapping software and photography from 1999 and Landsat 7 imagery where each pixel consisted of 30 yards of territory. Think about how far we have come in the past 17 years from the invention of the smartphone that you’re reading this on, to getting rid of your old AOL dial-up and email and everyone thought Y2K was going to be a thing.
This week Google caught up with the rest of the world releasing the Landsat8, which where each pixel consists of 15 yards literally doubling amount of resolution for viewing up close. Google released a statement saying, “Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency—capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available—mostly from Landsat 8—making it our freshest global mosaic to date. Like our previous mosaic, we mined data from nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery—that’s more than 700 trillion individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels. To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.”
See Trail Conditions
We all use Google Maps to see the conditions for our next adventures to see what the conditions of the terrain consist of. This proves to be helpful on off roading routes. Now you can more clearly see if the road is getting overgrown or washed out in addition to seeing the use of the trail. Landsat 8 imagery is so good that you can even make out tire tracks thus seeing if the routes are used frequently meaning you can tell if the routes will be busy on weekends or if each of the routes are severely difficult.
Take a look up close and personal for routes where you are climbing. You can see how tall each spot is and now get an even closer look at what each formation is made of. Plan your routes and how you are going to get to each spot and what climbing equipment you’ll need to bring. (Look on maps because you can get better zoomed in pictures where you’re at)
Find New Trails
New mapping software also enhances the views for being able to fly over the landscape through formations such as canyons and mountains. This means you don’t just have to rely on views looking straight down to see how structure of the formations are. This helps to visualize your destinations all the more before ever going to them. Now you can plan all the more what routes you will take or what gear you will need to bring to maximize your adventure. The fly over feature works well not only to view established places, but to find new adventures as well, whether that be to camp, climb, cliff jump, ride or many more with Google Earth.