Tuesday, 17 March 2009

the archaeologist, the thief and google earth ...

back in november I ruminated about archaeological uses of google earth.
Since then I've come across a 'guess this site' game based on google earth as well as today's news of a lead thief in London who used google earth to identify lead roofs to strip.

While one has to deplore his actions one can't help ignore his ingenuity - in another life he could have spent his time looking for crop marks or scanning pictures of the wilds of kazakstahn looking for objects of interest.

Of course, the real message is that google earth makes it easy. One no longer has to get access to the spooks' less secret photographs, meaning that anyone can follow their interest, nefarious or otherwise ...

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