Imagery Update: Week of February 20th

Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM


The Google Earth and Maps Imagery team recently published another batch of satellite imagery. In this post, we’ll explore a few well-known locations from across the globe.

Our first example is the Bristol Motor Speedway, located outside of Bristol, Tennessee. This NASCAR short track speedway is the 8th largest sports venue in the world, and hosts up to 165,000 people.

Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee

If you think the typical NASCAR race is too crowded, how about visiting a location with a few million others on a single day? That’s the estimated crowd size expected each year to the Kaba (shown below), in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on the day of the annual Islamic pilgrimage Hajj.

The Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Another great place to visit - either virtually or in person - is the Grand Mediation Amphitheatre located in the World Dhammakaya Centre in Pathum Thani Province, Thailand. As shown below, the Centre provides a place where anyone is welcome to meditate.

The World Dhammakaya Centre, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

If you prefer to spend your leisure time contemplating classic literature, you’ll enjoy this final example from Spain’s central La Mancha region. This perspective view highlights the vineyards and arid plateaus that form the backdrop of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Perspective view of Castile–La Mancha, Spain

If you’d like to receive an email notification when the Google Earth and Maps Imagery team updates your favorite areas(s), we’ve got just the tool: The Follow Your World application!

These are only a few examples of the sites that can be seen and discovered in our latest batch of published imagery. Happy exploring!

Countries/regions receiving high resolution satellite updates:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, People's Republic of the Congo, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

These updates are now available in both Google Maps and Google Earth. For a complete picture of where we updated imagery, download this KML for viewing in Google Earth.