This week it was discovered (or at least made public) that you can zoom Google maps and Google Earth far beyond what the regular Google maps interface allows.
Here are two examples that we did ourselves, once learning the secret of zooming Google maps (below the pictures we tell you how you too can super-zoom Google maps!)
Check out these folks at what appears to be a watering hole with their camels and other animals in Chad (scroll the map around to see the herd of camels):
And here’s proof that the boat at Treasure Island in Las Vegas is on tracks!
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Ok, ready to do it yourself?
Here’s the secret:
Go to a location in Google maps. Zoom it as close as you can through the regular interface. Now, click on the “link to this page” link in the upper right. After you do that look at the URL in the address bar. Somewhere in the URL you should see “z=19” (it’s usually 19, at least). That number, 19, is the zoom value. In some, but not all, locations, you can change the z value to 20, 21, 22, or even 23! Places known to be super zoomable include Las Vegas, parts of New York, and Chad. What other locations can you find to super zoom? Let us know!
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