Stunning Satellite Images on Google Maps…

Google Maps has a neat satellite imagery feature that teachers may find useful in geography or other lessons.

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Here’s how to sample its capabilities:

1. Select and copy the following text: Independence Avenue Washington DC SW

2. Go to Google Maps and paste the text you copied into the Search: field and click ‘Search Maps’

3. If you see a map of Washington DC, click the ‘Satellite’ link in the upper right corner of the window to view the same area’s satellite image. Use the ‘zoom bar’ in the upper right corner of the map image to focus down to an incredible detail level (you can see pedestrians)…

4. Try this: Using the direction arrows and the zoom bar in the upper left corner of the satellite image, take a bird’s-eye-view tour from the Capitol down the Mall to the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial…

5. Other interesting addresses you may want to try: 1 World Trade Center New York; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue DC (notice the rooftops are ‘edited’ for security); 1100 George Rogers Blvd Columbia SC (you can almost read the yardage markers); 24 Yawkey Way Boston (for baseball fans)…