The New Google Earth Imagery – November


Despite the previous imagery update occurring  just a week ago, it appears that Google has pushed out a bit more new imagery. GEB reader ‘Andreas’ noticed some fresh imagery in a few places around the globe, but it’s been difficult to determine if it’s new to Google Earth or not. Most of the imagery is from about six months ago and it’s already in Google Maps, but none of it shows up in recent update files.



Because the new imagery is already in Google Maps, it’s a bit more work to determine which areas are new. To figure out if a particular area is new, you can:
1: Look at the date in Google Earth for the imagery you think might be fresh.
2: Check the updates between then and now in the the update KML to see if it was released in a previous update. If it wasn’t, then it’s new!

[UPDATED — 10-November, 1:16pm EST]

  • France: Bourgoin-Jallieu, Libourne
  • Germany: Waldkraiburg/Landshut
  • Italy: Altamura

Mount Everest: The panorama from the top

Back in 1989, Australian climber Roderick Mackenzie become the 271st person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. While up there, he captured a 360 degree panorama of the view from the top, which appears to be the only panorama ever captured up there.

Steven Ho stumbled upon that panorama recently and thought it would be great to compare the panorama to the always-improving terrain of Google Earth. With that in mind, he created an excellent page that uses the Google Earth Plug-in to change your view as you browse around the panorama. It works great!


To learn more about what he’s done and to try it for yourself, visit Steven’s blog. Click the panorama image at the top of the text to enter the panorama/plug-in page. Once you’re inside of it, simply drag the top image around to view any particular area, and the bottom image will stay in sync automatically.