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May 24 2017

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The Kurbu-Tash and Ayu landslides in Kyrgyzstan

In March this year we had a look at landslides in Kyrgyzstan and noted just how frequent landslides there appear to be.

Just a month after that post, two more major landslides occurred to the southeast of the region we looked at before. On April 24 a very large landslide engulfed the village of Kurbu-Tash burying 11 houses, a school, a kindergarten, a mosque and a medical facility. Luckily nobody appears to have been harmed in that event. Then on April 29th, a much smaller but more deadly landslide killed 24 people in the village of Ayu. For more on both landslides, including ground level photos and video, see The Landslide Blog (1 2 3).

You can see before and after images using Landsat imagery on NASA’s Earth Observatory website. However, the latest Landsat image was not available on Amazon Web Services at the time of writing, so we instead got a Sentinel-2 image of the location. Here is a ‘before and after’ of the Kurbu-Tash event.

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Left: CNES / Airbus image from Google Earth. Right: Sentinel-2 image dated May 19th, 2017.

The landslide flowed South to North burying buildings near the end of its run. The total length of the landslide is around 5 km. Also note the small lake that has formed up-hill from the landslide. This is known as a ‘landslide dam’, a topic we covered last year. Such dams can be potentially catastrophic if enough water builds up, overflows and suddenly erodes the dam.

May 23 2017

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17:00
Chrome browser in enterprise: new admin bundle and Citrix support
17:00
Let’s jam—Jamboard is now available
16:00
AI in the newsroom: What’s happening and what’s next?
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14:05
A vision for success: Taking LED glasses made in Korea to the world
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13:50

Calibration Targets 5: Around the World

This is part of a series on calibration targets. Today we are having a look at various calibration targets around the world.

We start in India at the Shadnagar campus of the National Remote Sensing Centre where there are some calibration patterns specifically for satellite calibration:


This site in India is the only calibration site we know of that uses colours.

This site near Zuunmod, Mongolia appears to have been repainted several times.


We don’t know why the angle was changed slightly in the last repaint.

At Salon-de-Provence, France, we find a basic four square pattern:

Next we have a more complex set of patterns at Mount ShongShan, China. One reference states that there are also two rows of squares near this site, each extending over 2 km but we failed to find them.

The Sjökulla Aerial Test Range, Finland was probably designed primarily for aerial photography, but can also be used by satellites.

In South Africa, there is a single white square near Pretoria:


Designed to be exactly 100 m on a side. We don’t know why it wasn’t aligned with the cardinal directions.

The pattern at Peng-Hu, Taiwan was repainted at a different angle:

There are presumably more around the world, but we failed to find a collection listing them all. Also, in many cases temporary patterns are used, using tarpaulins or, in the case of thermal imaging, metal sheets. You can even buy specially made patterns.

There seems to be no universal agreement on what measurement is ideal. We measured some of the squares and four-square patterns:

Zuunmod, Mongolia: Concrete square on which the pattern is painted – 120 m. Painted four-square pattern – 70 m.
Four-square pattern, Salon-de-Provence, France: 60 m.
Four-square pattern, Peng-Hu, Taiwan: 60 m.
White square near Dunhuang, China: 115 m.
Four-square pattern near Boutou, China: 96 m.
White square, South Africa: 100 m.
Four-square pattern, Stennis Space Centre, USA: 50 m.
Four-square pattern, CalVal facility, India: 140 m.

Also useful for calibrating satellites are a number of sites around the globe whose altitude, colour and temperature have been carefully measured. They are typically dried up lake beds in deserts as such areas tend to be very flat and have a consistent temperature for a given time of day and day of year, and have minimal cloud cover. You can find a collection on the USGS website that has been collaboratively measured by many country’s around the world. We have included it in the KML below.

To find the above locations, download this KML file.

The post Calibration Targets 5: Around the World appeared first on Google Earth Blog.

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Google Maps can be your travel guide this summer
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Google Maps can be your travel guide this summer

The unofficial kick-off to summer is just around the corner. To give you some travel planning inspiration this year, we looked at historical Google Maps data to find the top trending places of the season throughout the U.S. Follow our summer lists below to head to the hot spots or avoid the crowds–the choice is yours. Already know where you’re going? Then create your own lists and share them with friends via your favorite messaging and social apps.

Drinks with a view

When the weather is warm, bars with outdoor patios, views of the water, rooftops, and creative cocktails draw the biggest crowds. This summer bars list is NYC-heavy so if you’re thinking about the Big Apple this summer–this one’s for you.

Education + entertainment = edutainment

Who says learning isn’t fun? Definitely not summer travelers. Whether you’re a parent trying to infuse education into summer break or a young adult squeezing in some culture between beach days, our edutainment list highlights the museums, aquariums, and zoos you can’t miss.

Summer grubbin’

Seeing the sights can work up an appetite and there’s an obvious formula for what makes a restaurant a good summer choice–seafood and waterfront seating (and bonus points if it’s an iconic location). Our restaurants list covers eateries from fast casual to seafood buffets to pizzerias that are sure to satisfy your appetite wherever you are.

Surf’s up

Summer isn’t complete until you’ve walked through the sand, soaked up the sun, and waded in the surf. This list of trending summer beaches includes the sandy shores of the Pacific, Atlantic and even the Great Lakes.

Places to go and things to see are only half of the summer equation–the company we keep is the other (maybe even better) half. This summer it’s easy to meet up with friends while on the go using Location Sharing in Google Maps. Here are a few more Google Maps features to help you navigate your summer without any headaches.

  • Save an area of the map for use while offline. Just download the region to your offline maps so when you don’t have Wi-Fi or ample data, you can still search for places, get directions, and use turn-by-turn navigation.

  • Reviews on Google Maps are automatically translated into your preferred language so when you’re looking for the perfect tapas place or sake bar, you can choose a spot with confidence when traveling internationally.

  • Know whether parking will be hard to find wherever you go with parking difficulty icons, and save where you parked on the map so you never forget where you left your car.

Take Google Maps with you this summer to find places to go and things to see, meet up with friends, and get where you’re going.


06:00
Android Pay says "Привет" to Russia
06:00

Android Pay says "Привет" to Russia

Stepping out for groceries or an afternoon coffee? You’ll no longer need to bring anything more than your phone. Starting today, Android Pay is available in Russia – which means you’ll be able to enjoy a simpler and more secure way to pay across all 11 time zones.

Android Pay lets you check out quickly and easily in some of your favorite stores and apps – gone are the days of fumbling for credit cards and counting cash. Get the Android Pay app from Google Play and add your eligible card to get started. When you’re ready to pay, just hold your phone near the payment terminal and wait for the checkmark to appear. You can also add all your loyalty cards to Android Pay so they’re easily accessible.

Where can I use Android Pay?

Whether you’re fueling your car, grabbing coffee with breakfast, buying groceries, or going to the cinema, you can use Android Pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments –just look for either of these logos when you’re ready to pay.

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Android Pay NFC

Thousands of your favorite places already accept Android Pay, including Magnit, Perekrestok, Starbucks, KFC and Rosneft. And with your loyalty cards saved in the Android Pay app, there’s no need to carry them around anymore.

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Select Merchants that accept Android Pay

Shopping in apps like Lamoda, OneTwoTrip, or Rambler-Kassa? Breeze through checkout with Android Pay. You’ll no longer have to enter your payment details every time –look for the Android Pay button and you can pay with a single tap. Here some of the apps that accept Android Pay now, with more coming soon!

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RU_in app

And if you’re an online merchant, we've teamed up with several processors to make it even easier for you to accept Android Pay in your apps and sites. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

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Russian Processors

Getting started

To start using Android Pay, download the Android Pay app from Google Play. You’ll need to have Android KitKat 4.4 or higher on your phone. Then, add an eligible Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card from a supported bank, such as AK BARS, Alfa-Bank, B&N Bank, MTS Bank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Raiffeisen Bank, Rocketbank, Russian Standard Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank, Sberbank, Tinkoff Bank, Tochka, VTB24 or Yandex.Money. Don’t see your bank on the list? Don’t worry. We’re always adding new partners, and we’ll let you know as soon as new banks come on board.

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Android Pay Russian Featured Banks

If you already have the Raiffeisen Bank, Sberbank, or Tinkoff Bank mobile apps, you can enable Android Pay from those banking apps without having to download Android Pay. Just tap the “Add to Android Pay” button to enable your card in Android Pay without entering your card information.

Because Android Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number with stores, it’s safer than using a plastic card. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Find My Device to instantly lock your phone from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or wipe it clean of your personal information.

Ready to use Android Pay in stores? You’ll need to make sure your phone supports NFC. Thousands of phones do – and we’ve created a guide to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
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Russia OEMs

We’re thrilled to name Russia as our 11th country to adopt Android Pay, and we hope it’ll make your everyday purchases faster, easier, and a little more fun. Get the app now to enjoy the benefits of effortless checkout in apps, online, and at all your favorite places.

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