45-degree images in Google Maps

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Graz, Austria

Google Maps has recently introduced 45° images for some areas. As far as I know they have only been provided for some large cities, but it would be interesting if they expanded the program to include, OK, I’ll say it, everywhere… the entire land mass of the Earth. That’s not asking for too much, is it?

The 45° images provide an oblique view, rather than a straight overhead perspective, and enable more of a 3-dimensional effect. They are especially effective in cities that have tall structures, such as Graz, Austria.

Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria

Many of you will recognize the facility in the image below, well known to many wildland firefighters. Click on it to see a larger version. HERE is a link to the location on Google Maps.

Google maps 45-degree image, National Interagency Coordination Center

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.