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Views from Bing Maps Global Ortho (photos)

A new Web application from Microsoft features striking, high-resolution aerial photos from around the United States.

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Jay Greene, a CNET senior writer, works from Seattle and focuses on investigations and analysis. He's a former Seattle bureau chief for BusinessWeek and author of the book "Design Is How It Works: How the Smartest Companies Turn Products into Icons" (Penguin/Portfolio).
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Bing Maps Global Ortho

Microsoft launched the GeoArt application to showcase the high-resolutions aerial mapping photography, shot for its Bing Maps Global Ortho project. The vivid pictures are stitched seamlessly together to create a mosaic that users can pan through for a bird's eye view. The company plans to complete mapping the continental United States and Western Europe by June 2012.
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2 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Pataha, Wash., farmland

Pataha, Wash., farmland as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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3 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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4 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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5 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Tailings Pond, west of Central Heights, Ariz.

Tailings Pond, west of Central Heights, Ariz., as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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6 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Black Mesa Coal Mine

Black Mesa Coal Mine, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona, as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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7 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Biscayne National Park, Florida, as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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8 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene

Navy bombing target area

Navy bombing target area, east of Humbolt Lake, Nev., as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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9 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Clinton, Okla., farmland

Clinton, Okla., farmland as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.
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10 of 10 Microsoft; screenshot by Jay Greene/CNET

Water reclamation plant

Water reclamation plant, north of Lancaster, Calif., as viewed by Bing Maps Global Ortho.

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