posted on Dec, 20 2007 @ 07:59 PM
Punctuation, Aeroman, DO YOU SPEAK IT?!
The reason for these "holes" are pretty simple. It's the same reason, more or less, that on some map projections, Greenland appears to be the size
of the continent of Africa. The earth is a curved three-dimensional object, while a map - including goggle earth - is a flat two-dimensional
representation of that object. In the specific case of google earth, it is created as a composite collage of satellite photos sliced, diced, and
glued back together.
Unsurprisingly, there aren't many satellites at the poles, due to the way things orbit the planet. They would quickly fall out of synch, or lose
altitude, or something - I forget what exactly. Add to this the process by which google earth is created, and the poles end up with horrid resolution,
lots of repetition, a fair degree of overlap, and blank spots - which are filled by google earth's default black background.