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Nasa satellite map reveals 99% of Earth's land surface for first time

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posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 11:14 PM

An astonishing new map has revealed the elevation of nearly every place on Earth.

The Global Digital Elevation Model was created using nearly 1.3million images collected by a Japanese camera on board Nasa's Terra spacecraft. It is made up of a giant grid of 23,000 tiles, with each height point spaced 98ft apart.

It shows a detailed representation of the planet's land mass. In this colourised version, low elevations are purple, medium elevations are greens and yellows, and high elevations are orange, red and white.

It reveals that England and most of Ireland are low-lying and share a similar elevation to Denmark, Poland and northern Russia in Europe, Mauritiana and Somalia in Africa, Brazil andArgentina in south America, Florida in the U.S and parts of Australia.

Link to Source

This is very cool, the detail the maps show is outstanding. Below I have added the press release from NASA's official website.

NASA: Press Release

NASA: Visualistations of the new Aster topographical data

[edit on 30-6-2009 by Scooby Doo]

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:55 AM
This interesting, I have been trying to fiqure out how high and how much the water or a large wave would need to be to flood the sacramento valley. Water comes in a stockton.
Thanks for the info.

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 03:46 AM
i want a map of the 1% of the earth's surface that the map doesnt show.

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 07:29 AM
Can anyone remember where Old Pappa Bush bought land recently?? Might give an idea as to why? if its elevated and central it could point to a knowledge of predicted rising sea levels.

Just a thought.

Edited for typo's

[edit on 1-7-2009 by an1mal]

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 07:45 AM
reply to post by an1mal

He bought land in Paraguay. (

It looks like a green/yellow area on map (medium elevation) !!!!!!

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 09:36 AM
reply to post by PrisonerOfSociety

Who says Bush is going to live in Paraguay? Just because his Nazi friends live there? There's an aquifer on that piece of land he bought. No matter what, the price for clean water will - again - put Bush in the monopolist position: oil, water, air (carbon tax scam). We will have to pay and globalists will control. These sick people want to depopulate Earth; not a bad idea I say, let us start with reducing the globalists' numbers first!

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 09:40 AM
This is wicked man, nice find



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 10:19 AM
The missing 1% is probably due to the shrinking Arctic ice fields

But seriously, the missing percentage, I would think, would be from the poles... I don't think we have satellites that move above them. Then again, I never really bothered to check.

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 01:01 PM
There won't be flooding for a long time yet and when/if it happens it looks like England will be funked!!

Too many buildings here is the problem.... and yet what do they do to counter the problem of global warming?

Ans= Build more housing!!!

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 02:09 PM
If they can do this, what other cooperative capabilities do you think they posses?

Wonder what kind of advantages this provides? Any specific purposes mentioned?

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 02:24 PM
Who do I pay to have things removed?

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 03:32 PM
werent microsoft not developing something like this for architects, and users of the latest flight sim

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 04:06 PM

Originally posted by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
i want a map of the 1% of the earth's surface that the map doesnt show.

ya seriously

im with you on that! hilarious

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 04:49 PM
reply to post by Scooby Doo

How exciting! I'm a GIS specialist, so I work with maps and raster images day in and day out (actually working on some of that right now!) I think this is an awesome find! Love the oblique views of LA!


posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 05:36 PM
Looks like my peerguardian is blocking these sites for some reason even though it's not set on government block.

Looks like the real data is at these two sites

Apparently only 100 people can download them at a time.

Guess how many years it will be before the regular joe gets to download them.

[edit on 1-7-2009 by star in a jar]

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 07:12 PM
If anyone has 'purchased' the data please torrent it.

It's ok since NASA is taxpayer funded.

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 07:15 PM
Seriously? Why the hell do people have to pay for data? They were the ones paying NASA's salaries?

Who pays twice?

posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 09:55 AM

Originally posted by ELECTRICkoolaidZOMBIEtest
i want a map of the 1% of the earth's surface that the map doesnt show.

Absolutely! So do I!

I want to see what they're hiding at the North and South poles.

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