Hi Mom from Africa via Google Maps super-zoom

I just saw the story on super-close Google map zooms and checked it out.

All you have to do is:

  • Select a location and switch to satellite view
  • Zoom in as far as you can, and click “link to this page” at the top right
  • Now replace the “z” parameter in the URL with a higher value, e.g. 20, 22, or 23, and wait. Some locations will now show more detailed imagery

When I saw this photo of men standing around a well I couldn’t resist adding a caption. There’s one guy looking straight up:

It’s a super-zoom from the country of Chad, in Africa. And perhaps that is someone who the US government suspected of being in cahoots with Osama or Al Quaeda … which is the only reason why satellite image providers would zoom so close.

More info at Ecrans and Geo-trotter.

[tags] google, maps, zoom, hi mom, chad, africa, john koetsier, funny [/tags]

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  • Actually all the high-res photos on Google are made by airplanes, so no doubt he was wondering what the heck the airplane was doing flying low over head 🙂

  • googIe maps is reaIIy cooI i Iove it and i use it often it sure does make the pIanet feeI so tiny , it even has mars but there arent any trees on mars so its not a pIeasent experience navigating the mars but overaII i would say googIe maps is pretty cooI