April 12, 2007

Google Zooms in on Darfur Atrocities

Google's much talked about online mapping service, Google Earth, will now draw public attention to reported continued atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The project was flagged off yesterday by Google along with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Under the aegis of this project, Google Earth has been updated with high resolution satellite imagery of Darfur that documents destroyed villages, displaced people, and refugee camps, among others.

So, Google Earth users will now come across icons when they scour the Darfur region. The icons represent destroyed villages with flames and refugee camps with tents.

Clicking on flame icons will lead users to information on the villages destroyed. The resolution for some areas has been enhanced to the extent that users can see the burnt remnants of houses.


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