New Google satellite images show deforestation and has fewer clouds

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Google’s latest satellite images, from the Landsat 8 satellite, show the devastating deforestation in Brazil. The two images above – taken less than 5 years apart – show the extent of the damage to Brazilian rain forests.

The new satellite data will be rolling out to Google Maps and Google Earth in the coming weeks, and will bring higher-resolution imagery to regions where it wasn’t available previously. On the Google LatLong blog Matt Hancher, tech lead for the Google Earth engine, writes that the new images are detailed enough to see texture in the landscapes. The company has also dedicated resources to creating composite images of Earth, allowing for an unnatural, almost cloud-free view of our planet, as seen from space.

Google LatLong Blog

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Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.