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Fraser
2005-Jan-07, 04:46 PM
SUMMARY: After four years of data crunching, NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have completed a comprehensive topographical map of 80% of the Earth's surface. Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific were the final areas released to the public this week. Many of the smaller islands have never been properly mapped because of their remoteness, often being obscured by persistent clouds. It's these smaller islands which are at great risk to weather and long-term sea level rise, so being able to predict where water levels will go will be very helpful to mitigating future disasters like the Asian Tsunami.

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lswinford
2005-Jan-07, 06:37 PM
This is wonderful. I remember a few decades back when there was a report that satellite images showed the island of Burmuda being off its map representation by over a hundred miles as I recall. A convenient, authoritative touch of reality is needed for a world that is so often distorted by the mercator projections. Good job!