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QuickBird satellite images provide a new perspective
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Posted on 12/29/2004 8:06:03 AM PST by Zacs Mom

The high-resolution QuickBird satellite images of the tsunami impact on Sri Lanka are just a few of the images on the Digital Globe web site that made me stop and say "Wow!" For example, check out the images on the links below:


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: davismonthanafb; digitalglobe; fallujah; hajj; inca; incaruins; iraq; machupicchu; maze; mina; peru; salutetotroops; satellite; satelliteimages; suadiarabia; sumatraquake; tentcity; theboneyard
To hear the media talk one almost gets the impression that Fallujah is a small town in Iraq~ when you look at this high resolution satellite image of Fallujah you get a real sense of what the Coalition Forces are up against in trying to secure this city:
Fallujah ~ Image Collected November 5, 2004

Over the years I heard many references to the tent city of Mina in Saudi Arabia. Mina is the city where Muslim pilgrims reside before heading to nearby Mount Arafat at dawn for the climax of the annual hajj. It wasn't until I looked at this QuickBird image of Mina that I grasped what this tent city was actually like:
Mina

and this image of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu (on the lower right) took my breath away:
Inca, Peru


There are many other incredible satellite images on the Digital Globe web site ~ it is well worth a visit and probably a bookmark as well!


Oh, two last images that I think are just plain cool:
A Corn Maze salute to our troops and The Boneyard, Davis-Monthan AFB

1 posted on 12/29/2004 8:06:06 AM PST by Zacs Mom
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To: Zacs Mom

Wow! I didn't see what you meant about the Incan ruins until I magnified them. Awesome!


2 posted on 12/29/2004 8:17:16 AM PST by Clara Lou (Hillary Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: Zacs Mom

Impressive images, thanks for the link.


3 posted on 12/29/2004 8:17:36 AM PST by denlittle
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To: Melpomene

Bump for later.


4 posted on 12/29/2004 8:19:37 AM PST by Melpomene
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To: Zacs Mom

Amazing shots, expecially those of the ocean receding from the beach. I realize now why many people stood on the beach, mesmerized by what they saw.


5 posted on 12/29/2004 8:32:34 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Zacs Mom

bump for later.


6 posted on 12/29/2004 8:37:14 AM PST by Born Conservative (Entertainment is a thing of the past, today we've got television - Archie Bunker)
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To: Zacs Mom

I think I see Zarqawi down there in Fallujah. Quick, get me the Pentagon!


7 posted on 12/29/2004 8:39:07 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: Zacs Mom

Inca switchbacks from hell.


8 posted on 12/29/2004 8:39:18 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: Zacs Mom

mark


9 posted on 12/29/2004 8:40:07 AM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: Zacs Mom

Fascinating stuff in that boneyard pic ... whole lotta P3s, and a lonely little (well, not really so little) RB-57 sitting there ...


10 posted on 12/29/2004 8:40:47 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Clara Lou

PIng for later


11 posted on 12/29/2004 8:44:11 AM PST by KansasConservative1
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To: Zacs Mom

Bump for later on the cable modem.


12 posted on 12/29/2004 8:45:29 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: ArrogantBustard
I saw the RB-57 sitting there.

Think they'd mind if we borrowed it, and fixed it up?

They were active out at Malmstrom AFB, in Montana, when I was stationed there in the 70's.

13 posted on 12/29/2004 8:57:43 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier!)
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To: Northern Yankee

NASA still flies a couple of them ... I'm no pilot, but I'd be happy to sit in the back and run the sensors!


14 posted on 12/29/2004 9:00:45 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Zacs Mom
Dallas59 posted this link:

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURE/Tourists and Natives

And this is just one small section of one beach. There are hundreds of other beaches with similar 'debris' throughout the area. It is unimaginable.
15 posted on 12/29/2004 9:02:33 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Northern Yankee

Take another look ... there's an early model B-57, with the dinky trapeziodal wings, to the right of the RB-57.


16 posted on 12/29/2004 9:02:38 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TomGuy

truly heartbreaking! Reminds me of the images out of Rowanda a while back.


17 posted on 12/29/2004 9:06:51 AM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: Northern Yankee; ArrogantBustard

I noticed a bunch of what looked to be fairly good size planes set out in pieces.......toward the right side of the screen, I think. Do they use these "bones" for spare parts or something?


18 posted on 12/29/2004 9:09:10 AM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: TomGuy
A whole story told in 120th of a second!
19 posted on 12/29/2004 9:10:05 AM PST by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: Zacs Mom

The boneyard can be a source of spare parts, for aircraft still operating but long out of production.


20 posted on 12/29/2004 9:11:02 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TomGuy

That pic is really horrifying ... and it's going to be a MAJOR public health problem for the survivors.


21 posted on 12/29/2004 9:12:05 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Zacs Mom; Clara Lou
I recently visited Machu Picchu....It is simply breathtaking - at over 14,000 feet in elevation it can be literally breathtaking.

Lando

22 posted on 12/29/2004 9:14:32 AM PST by Lando Lincoln (GWB - history will be very kind to you.)
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To: SunkenCiv
ping........

Lando

23 posted on 12/29/2004 9:16:01 AM PST by Lando Lincoln (GWB - history will be very kind to you.)
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To: Zacs Mom

BTTT


24 posted on 12/29/2004 9:16:30 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Lando Lincoln
Thanks Lando, I'll add it to the catalog, but not ping the list. :') That link to the MP image will have to be added to the various MP topics on GGG. (':
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
The GGG Digest
-- Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

25 posted on 12/29/2004 9:21:07 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("The odds are very much against inclusion, and non-inclusion is unlikely to be meaningful." -seamole)
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To: Lando Lincoln
I recently visited Machu Picchu.
I envy you. Peru is second on my list of places I'd love to visit-- after Australia.
26 posted on 12/29/2004 9:25:12 AM PST by Clara Lou (Hillary Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: Lando Lincoln
Machu Picchu is definately on my short list of places in South America I'd really love to see!

I also want to see:

1) Angel Falls in Southeastern Venezuela

2) Iguaçú Falls at the border of Brazil and Argentina

27 posted on 12/29/2004 9:42:25 AM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: Zacs Mom


28 posted on 12/29/2004 9:43:25 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Teacher317


29 posted on 12/29/2004 9:44:08 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Zacs Mom

Thanks for the link. It's killer for dial up but well worth the wait!


30 posted on 12/29/2004 10:13:05 AM PST by BloodScarletMinnesota (MPLS STAR-TRIBUNE:America's Most Ridiculed Newspaper)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Wasn't the B-57 originally a RAF bird; English Electric 'Canberra' I think?


31 posted on 12/29/2004 10:17:09 AM PST by BloodScarletMinnesota (MPLS STAR-TRIBUNE:America's Most Ridiculed Newspaper)
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To: Zacs Mom
The "Boneyard" pic contains a pair of aircraft that were seldom seen together -- if at all. They are in the single row of left-facing aircraft --near the bottom.

The eighth aircraft up from the bottom is a B-57 Canberra, a British twin-jet medium/light bomber. The plane immediately below it (#7 from the bottom) is a rare -- and once highly classified -- RB57-F reconnaissance ("spy") plane.

The RB-57F is a radical modification of the B-57. The wings were extended to approximately double-length, and the original engines were replaced with huge turbofans. The last time I checked, the actual operating ceiling of the RB-57F was classified -- but let's just say that it gave the U-2 a run for its money...while carrying a much larger payload.

There weren't very many of the "stretched" RB-57 F (and G) models built -- but I expect their lifetimes included some awfully interesting missions! At any rate, this is the first photo I've seen that clearly shows how radically the old B-57 was modified to perform its "spook" role...

Thanks for the links!

32 posted on 12/29/2004 10:17:19 AM PST by TXnMA (Attention, ACLU: There is no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: BloodScarletMinnesota

It was ... USAF used them for low-level bombing early on in Viet Nam ... they got shot up pretty badly.


33 posted on 12/29/2004 10:22:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TomGuy

Are there links to other photos and videos of the tsumanmi devastation? I like to collect photo's to keep. Seems like over time, many of the early photos are lost or censored. For example, I have 600+ photo's that I saved in the days after 9-11. Now the media won't show them anymore. Anyway, if someone has links, please post. Thanks.....


34 posted on 12/29/2004 10:29:32 AM PST by gswilder
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To: TomGuy; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; devolve; Zacs Mom
Check out the link/pic in #15. Thanks, TG.

And thanks for the link from the other thread, Zacs Mom.


35 posted on 12/29/2004 10:30:07 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: gswilder
Digitalglobe.com has satellite pix of before, during and after.

This thread has some video links:

Video of Killer Wave (Post your pics and videos here for one thread collection)
  Posted by BJungNan
On News/Activism 12/28/2004 3:58:44 PM CST · 126 replies · 10,030+ views


US | Decemeber 28, 2004 | US
Thought I would try setting up a thread for the posting of pics and videos of the killer tital waves and the aftermath. Add them here and we may end up with a pic/video collection in one place.http://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/20 Click on these words when you get to the link (site not in English). Dermed kan du selv se hvor sterke vannmassene var da den andre bølgen kom.

36 posted on 12/29/2004 10:37:52 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Zacs Mom

bump for when their sever isn't so busy


37 posted on 12/29/2004 12:07:05 PM PST by engrpat
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To: engrpat; bd476; lainie

Dec 28 2004

June 23 2004

38 posted on 12/30/2004 2:06:18 PM PST by BurbankKarl (LI)
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To: BurbankKarl

Amazing. The buildings are gone -- the land is gone too, in some cases.


39 posted on 12/30/2004 6:24:11 PM PST by lainie
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To: Zacs Mom

The Mecca image is the first time I have ever been able to make out individual people on a satellite image (you have to zoom in).


40 posted on 12/30/2004 6:35:04 PM PST by steve86
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To: BurbankKarl

Looks exactly like ground zero for a hydrogen bomb (maybe minus the scorching).


41 posted on 12/30/2004 6:37:03 PM PST by steve86
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To: BurbankKarl

Breathtaking, heartbreaking photo indicating the very large number of lives lost in the amount of land and buildings shown washed away, Karl. Thanks for finding and posting it.


42 posted on 12/30/2004 11:24:43 PM PST by bd476
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To: TomGuy

Wow.


43 posted on 12/30/2004 11:26:08 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Zacs Mom
Thank you for the awesome thread. I run across this site about once a year and then promptly forget.
That Machu Pichu image sure brings old reading to life. Sure wish there were more images of the surrounding area, perhaps enough to make a stereo pair?

Thanks again for the great thread!

44 posted on 12/31/2004 6:53:55 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: Publius6961

BUMP!


45 posted on 01/10/2005 6:10:34 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen, ignorance and stupidity.)
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