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Google removes clouds from Google Maps and Earth

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Google today announced an interesting update for Google Maps and Earth that completely removes any presence of clouds in the images provided by both products.

?These stunning new images of the Earth practically eliminate clouds and include updated, high-resolution images, and offer a more comprehensive and accurate view of the texture of our planet?s landscape,? published Matt Hancher of the Google Earth Engine.

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To achieve this result, Hancher explained that the search engine used a technique similar to the NASA Blue Marble project when compiling a global image ? using the Google Earth Engine ? with terabytes of data provided by the American space agency.

?The result is a perfect, globally consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel. The 800,000 megapixel image is so large that if you were to print it at a standard resolution of 300 dots per inch, you I would need a block-sized piece of paper, ?said Googler.

To get an idea of ??the images created, including better resolution and texture, Google highlights this comparison that reveals the Grand Canyon in incredible detail:

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