Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Google adds Maps and Satellite Images

We will be in the States later this year visiting our family, friends and ministry sponsors. So naturally my thoughts are turning towards travel logistics, as in "how do you get there from here?"

Well, Google has added Maps to its gaggle of services. I'm finding them pretty useful.

The really cool thing is that they now have satellite images tied in with the maps. It is simple to enter a town and state, zoom in on the map to an area of interest, and then click on the satellite image link and see the area for real.

You probably won't want to do this with a dial up internet connection, but on our meager 128k connection, it works pretty well. I found ok pictures of Bucknell University, and Willow Valley in Pennsylvania, and a truly amazing high resolution image of my old stomping grounds in Little Falls, NJ. I could easily idendify stuff like: individual houses, pools, driveways, the reservoir in Cedar Grove, Montclair State Univ., Mills Reservation, the Chapel on the Hill, all the new housing developments they built in the woods we used to play in, etc. etc.

If you don't already chew up too much time surfing the Net. This new Google service should help you max yourself out.

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