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Google Earth as Geospatial Surreal Art

"[Google Earth's] mostly automated system sometimes produces unexpected and wonderful artifacts. The bridges in this video are glitches that occur when the 2d satellite imagery and 3d terrain don’t line up quite right, or structures such as bridges are projected down onto the terrain below, creating fabulous and unintentional distortions. These images are like funhouse mirrors – strange illusions and reflections of the real." -Clement Valla 

For still images, see: http://clementvalla.com/category/work/google-earth-sites/


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Mapping Earth's surface in 3D

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The German satellite radar twins - TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X - are a year through their quest to make the most precise, seamless map of varying height on Earth.

 

Geospatial technologies continue to make advances as well get to understand this world with increasing accuracy (shown above is a Digital Elevation Model of Iceland--turn head to the right and say 'oh'). 


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Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 6:02 PM

In this BBC article, the author discusses the future of mapping. The use of DEM (digital elevation model) allows cartographers to map extremely tall mountains more precisely.  This same technology could some day allow cartographers to more accurately map the ocean's floor as well, the most unmapped area on Earth's surface.