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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

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2:26p
Google Black Rock City from Space!
Yesterday Google introduced satellite imagery to its maps service at http://maps.google.com this is pretty cool. As per usual, as I am an obsessed individual, I googled Gerlach Nevada on the new map service- not really expecting to find anything, as it is always a fruitless search.

IMAGINE MY SURPRISE WHEN GOOGLE MAPS BROUGHT UP THE SKELETON OUTLINE OF BLACK ROCK CITY IN THE OPEN PLAYA!

In the image, BRC is in what appears to be a late stage of preparation, the city roads are outlined and there are several camps set up.. it looks like I imagine BRC does right before the festival opens its doors. The resolution is fine enough to see the individual street lamps! Simply Outstanding! From the looks of things I'd guess this image was from 1993, but I may be wrong.

Click here to see for yourself: maps.google.com for Black Rock City, NV

I knew when Google acquired keyhole something like this was on the way, but I never expected it so soon or with such fine resolution.

Now the Burning Man Community needs to petition google to add Black Rock City, NV as a valid searchable destination as well get a new satellite image during the festival at its height.


Cool Cool Stuff!!

Current Mood: excited

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