Imagery Update: Week of March 19th

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM


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.

The azaleas are in full bloom, which means it’s almost time for The Masters. If you’re planning a trip to see the tournament in person, or even if you’re just watching it on TV, check out the refreshed imagery of this world class golf course.

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Speaking of upcoming sporting events, we also have updates for Weymouth and Portland in the United Kingdom, where this summer’s Olympic sailing events will take place. In the image below, you can see the newly constructed facilities on Osprey Quay.

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Portland, United Kingdom

Making the transition from sporting maritime to commercial maritime, we’re also bringing you fresh updates of the Yangshan Deep-Water Port. This massive port facility located off Shanghai continues to grow at an astounding scale. The below before and after images show the port in 2007 and then in 2011, during which time the port nearly doubled in size.

Yangshan Deep-Water Port in 2007 (left) and 2011 (right)

We end our journey with a much smaller and older aquatic destination. As amazing as it sounds, the ancient temple you see below is actually not in its original location. In the 1960’s when the Philae Temple was threatened by the slowly rising waters of the Nile, a UNESCO project was started to physically de-construct the entire site and then re-assemble it on a nearby island. If you ever get the chance, don’t hesitate to visit this remarkable complex.

Philae Temple Complex, Aswan, Egypt

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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:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Antarctica

These updates are now available in Google Earth and will be live in Google Maps in the coming days. For a complete picture of where we updated imagery, download this KML for viewing in Google Earth.