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Major Google Earth Update

Google Earth have done a huge new release of higher resolution images that cover just about all of England.

Scanned at 50 cm resolution large parts of the country that were not previously visible to the detail of individual houses now are so you can see your back garden and car in the drive.

Places that have been included in the update include Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Somerset, Sussex, Northumberland and Cumbria whilst cities that are now viewable with more detail include Bristol, Bath and Peterborough opening up landmarks for the first time such as Peterborough Cathedral and York Minster.

Taking a look at York Minster in more detail and comparing what's in Google Earth to the real thing we know that York Minster is 158 metres long. A quick measure in Google Earth came to 157 showing the impressive accuracy of what's scaled to within one percent.

Those who aren't English won't be too happy with what Google have done, most of Scotland and Wales still seems to be excluded from this update, probably because of the lack of population density which would reduce the interest users have in the areas.

Unfortunately there's still nothing quite like the nifty oblique views of Microsoft's rival Virtual Earth yet and given that Microsoft have signed an exclusive deal with the main supplier of those imagesm Pictometry, and have bought the manufacturers of the 218 megapixel cameras that take the pictures giving Google a challenge in how to match them.

You can compare what's new in Google Earth to Google Maps which has yet to be updated using the nifty button in the latest version of Google Earth that works seamlessly with your browser.

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Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral
York Minster

York Minster
Peterborough Cathedral in Google Earth
Peterborough Cathedral in Google Earth
York Minster in Google Earth
York Minster in Google Earth