This shot, by Flickr user cmgramse, is a nice illustration of how much variation there is in Google Earth's satellite imagery worldwide. The image shows a small bay on Egypt's Red Sea coast, about 120 miles south of Hurghada. The photograph at left clearly shows individual buildings and houses (it was taken at a low altitude), while the satellite image at right has only the coarsest details of the landscape. However, just a couple miles further south, Google Earth has sharp, clear, high-resolution imagery that shows buildings, cars, and even individual trees in the desert landscape. Google is constantly upgrading their satellite imagery, so within a few months, this area too may be covered with new high-resolution imagery.
Photos taken: January 5, 2006
Photos by: cmgramse