I remember when I got my first desktop home computer. It was late summer of ’93, and I logged on to Compuserve (for a fee), and, having a lifelong fascination with satellite imagery, I decoded to look for a weather photo.
I found a site from which I was able to download the latest weather satellite image of western Canada. I remember calling my wife at the time downstairs to look as I marvelled that the photo was only a couple of hours old(!!). It slowwwwwwwly appeared on my screen in ONLY about 5 minutes – a miracle!
How far things have come since. I do a lot of virtual exploring in the winter, finding – based on historical descriptions and US Geological Survey data, but mostly Google Maps and Google Earth technology – the exact locations where famous stage robberies and gunfights in western history happened.
Now, Google has added a feature that allows you to virtually visit some of the world’s remote places. Google Earth is adding live video to its recently released “Voyager” storytelling platform, allowing users to see what is happening around the world in real time. Its first trip is to Katmai National Park in Alaska, where brown bears are coming back from a six-month hibernation to catch salmon.
To watch the live streams, open Google Earth on any device and press the Voyager icon, which looks like the wheel of a ship.
Full details HERE.