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Harsh Treatment for the Great Lakes

Posted Feb 04 2009 12:00am

Look what they done to my song, ma
Ma Ma look look what they done to my song
You know they tied it up in a plastic bag
And they turned it upside down ma
Ma Ma look at what they done
Won’t you look at what they done
Look what they done to my song.
- Melanie Safka

Google Earth’s new oceans upgrade is not doing the Great lakes any favors. In fact, it looks as if they had  the six year old child of one of their developers just paint over everything with the simple instruction to stay away from the edges.  One can only guess why Google could manage to show the bottom of the Atlantic but not Lake Superior. The Great Lakes in fact seem to be in a nether land between a body of water like Baffin Bay that while shallow still shows underwater topography, and smaller lakes that default to surface areas only. Maybe they intend at some point to add the underwater view of the great lakes? Hard to tell. While at the moment you can still see the detail close to the shoreline and around the islands, one has to say that in general the new treatment of the Great Lakes just looks rather harsh.


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