Friday, June 12, 2020

Taking a Vacation on Google Earth

Google Earth Vacationist is a slideshow of stunning landscapes found on Google Earth. There are already a number of websites which collate some of the most beautiful and interesting satellite views which can be found on Google Maps and Google Earth, however Google Earth Vacationist offers a little more.

Each of the gorgeous satellite views on Google Earth Vacationist can be viewed as both a two dimensional image and as a more abstract extruded picture. I'm not exactly sure how the images are extruded. It doesn't look to me like elevation data has been used. So what you are seeing is more of an artistic impression than a map. Just from looking at a number of the images it looks like height is based on color - with lighter colors being extruded more than darker colors.

Other impressive slideshow presentations of satellite images can be found on Earth View. Google's Earth View application and website is a showcase of some of the most beautiful satellite / aerial views of planet Earth, all of which can be found on Google Maps and Google Earth.

The Earth View showcase includes more than 2,500 of the most beautiful views of our astonishing planet. There are a few ways to explore the aerial images in Earth View. The simplest way is to simply press the play button and sit back and relax as Earth View automatically presents a slideshow of some of Earth's greatest views. Another way to browse Earth View is to select the 'Show Map' option. This allows you to select images by location from an interactive map. This map includes an amazing color filter control which allows you to find landscapes by the view's dominant colors.

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