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This ideas seems like it must be baked, but I can't find it.
What I want to do is a web site that displays a map of the Earth. Passing your mouse over a location displays a photograph of that location. Clicking zooms in on the map.
The site would be collaborative, so users could upload new
photos for coordinates. I'm mostly interested in pictures of the landscape, but other photos might be interesting as well.
Optionally, the site could provide links to the World Factbook on each country.
See your house from space.
USGS satellite photos. Yes, you can find you house, clearly. [ty6, Sep 28 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
If you want to map, you need to take pictures. If it's dark, you want to use really big flashbulbs -- try these 20 megaton ones. [reensure, Sep 28 2002]
Finally baked! [drzeus, Apr 12 2005]
||This is the kind of utterly useless but totally tremendous idea the internet is made for. +
||I stumbled across a web site once that endeavo(u)red to collect and present photographs taken at every rounded-off number point on the lat-long matrix. (eg. 41N 72W). Damned if I can remember the name of the site, now.
||It would be quite nice to hang 360-degree video webcameras from hot-air balloons, producing constantly updating quicktime VR pictures. That way you could "fly" around the world on the internet - check out the view from 1000 feet above Berlin, for instance. If you fixed one of these babies on the front of every airplane in flight, you could get almost complete coverage of the sky.
||Recently I came across a site that allowed me to see pictures of Jamaica from space. Stupid me, I did not bookmark it, and now its lost to me forever. If any of you guys know of a site where satellite images of countries other than the US is available, please let me know
||If this database would map to the pixels on a video display, it would make a bitchin screen saver.