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Old 29-10-2013, 23:26   #1
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Google Earth Is Missing An Island

I was trying to look up an island we sailed past, Isla Las Animas on the backside of San Jose in the Sea of Cortez. It's charted, some guy GPS tagged a photo of it there, and I saw it (and it's lighthouse) with my own eyes but sure enough, nothing on Google Earth. The nearby islands (a mile away) are clear as a bell.

I would never have considered Google Earth/Maps to be navigable data, but I didn't think they'd miss an island either. Crazy.

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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

That's max zoom by the way. You'd be able to make out someone laying on the beach at that level; you're not going to miss an island.
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Old 30-10-2013, 02:42   #3
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There are different resolutions of imagery delending on the value of the target. Possibly this area is low enough resolution that it doesnt register visually?
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Old 30-10-2013, 05:59   #4
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We have been using google earth for the past few years as an additional source for navigation. In fact this has led us to tuck into numerous places in the Sea of Cortez that are not in any guide books. Using it when not connected to the internet and a GPS interface has been the closest thing to real time that we have seen. But with that said like all navigation you better have your eyes open as well. In addition now openCPN has a GE add on it makes it that much better. Lastly the GEKAP program allows you to make charts from GE screen shots. Fantastic stuff.

Certain areas are only passed over by GE at a much higher altitude thus missing some of the detail.

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Old 30-10-2013, 06:08   #5
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I meant to add this in my previous post but fingers engaged before brain did.....

You so right the island is completely missing even at a very high altitude. I zoomed way out and it's not even showing up at all! It almost looks like it was removed as the area the island is in is a solid blue!

That would be a good question for the GE team.

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Old 30-10-2013, 06:11   #6
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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

Yep, try Falkner IS in Long Is sound, good detail is now blurred etc if zoom in . Not that way in the past. Lotsa secrets out there.
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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

Actually, there is a secret military base on the island that the New World Order is staging the take-over of the planet……

By the way, I am having a sale on tinfoil hats this week…..
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Old 30-10-2013, 07:09   #8
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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

there are some nonexistent islands you get to sail over when sailing down coast of mexico also.
those are fun.
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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

Reminds me of when I was sailing around Antigua, but the GPS showed me sailing through the island.
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Re: Google Earth Is Missing An Island

In google earth the island appears and disappears as you go back in time. The resolution is poor however.

From another open source...

The big black circle in GE to the NNW seems to be an underwater shallow spot .
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It may be obscured because of some security or famous person's request. Oddly on Apple Maps it shows a different set of data.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satel...r_unclear_data

Some data points:
lower left Isla San Jose
The two pins to the northeast mark the island as seen on a map and the one seen on satellite images. Note thd mega yacht floating nearby.

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