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by paul.gauci / August 5, 2009 2:34 AM PDT

Every now and then I need to use in reports and presentations, high quality satellite images or maps. As I am based in the island of Malta (in the Mediterranean), I cannot use Google Earth Pro because a good proportion of the island is hidden by clouds. Also I do not like the idea of paying an annual fee. I prefer to buy whatever I need when I need it.

Can anyone recommend sites through which I can purchase up-to-date high-resolution satellite images or maps of specific areas in Malta when I need them.



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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Online Maps looked to be pretty good. There is that age old problem of whether such is worth it to the audience. But do you remember just 10 years ago what such images cost?
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by paul.gauci / August 5, 2009 8:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Terraserver?

I did not know of Terraserver.

I have just take a look at their site and it looks very interesting/useful as far as my requirements are concerned.



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by ChuckT / August 5, 2009 6:45 AM PDT
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I just checked the entire island set of Malta on Google Earth (the free version) and I saw no clouds at all. Actually the images are generally combined from multiple images of satellite photos and assembled to not have any clouds.

So, why does that not work for you?

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by paul.gauci / August 5, 2009 7:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Clouds?

I have just rechecked and the clouds are still there. Are you sure that you have checked the 'Malta' that I am referring to (an island in the centre of the Mediterranean)? There are number of towns in the USA which have that name (one is in Montana). The clouds that I refer to cover the area of which I need the images (around lat/long: N35.8812deg; E14.5188deg.

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Yeah, I know where Malta is
by ChuckT / August 6, 2009 8:47 AM PDT
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HappyGrinHappy When I was in the Navy I was there for a period of time, so, yeah, I know where Malta is.

Anyway, by going to Google maps at that particular Lon/Lat that you supplied, I saw the clouds that you mentioned. Sorry, I did not notice them in my cursory look of the islands. pretty strange that Google personnel have not cleared that up.

So, I then went to, to the very same point on Malta, and there were no clouds. So you might try the free Bing maps (they are Microsoft's website).
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by paul.gauci / August 6, 2009 5:17 PM PDT

Great - I hope that you enjoyed your stay here.

I tried looking at Google again and tried out the View>Historical Imagery command. The earlier version of the image (early 2009) does not have clouds in it; though different parts of the island appear to have been photographed in different seasons.

Unfortunately BING does not show the southeastern part of Malta and neither does Yahoo!


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