New Top of the World and High Resolution Satellite Imagery

We are excited to introduce our new top of the world imagery – which includes bathymetry data from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We are also releasing over 13 million sq km of updated satellite imagery!


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High-Resolution Nadir or "Straight Down" orthophotos taken by aircraft or satellite


We are pleased to present our new seamless base satellite imagery provided by TerraColor. This imagery has a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, providing coverage of the entire world!

This new imagery will enhance overall viewer experience with Bing Maps and the Windows 8 Maps App. Experience it yourself by visiting the Windows 8 Maps App or Bing Maps. The new Top of the World imagery (pictured above) is visible from zoom levels 1-13. Zooming in deeper will reveal our high resolution satellite imagery.


Cloud Coverage

Our new base satellite layer is analyzed and processed to provide views with reduced cloud cover in areas notorious for persistent cloud cover such as high latitude and equatorial regions. More detail is now visible in these once problematic areas, as seen in this island example!


    Oahu, Hawaii Before

Oahu, Hawaii After

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Bathymetric Shading

In addition to reduced cloud coverage, we now have bathymetric imagery! The topography of the ocean floor is represented by color shading (dark blues to light blues) indicating changes in ocean depth. An ocean mask minimizes areas typically obscured by ice and clouds. The combination of the ocean mask and bathymetric imagery provides a more meaningful view of the world oceans.


         Fiji Before

Fiji After

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High Resolution Satellite Imagery

This month we are adding new High Resolution Satellite imagery with a total coverage of 13,799,276 sq km!



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The images below include: a meandering river running through the Brazilian Highlands, a metropolitan area, dunes, and an active stratovolcano on the Pacific Ring of Fire.


Southwest of Jacobina do Piauí, Brazil

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Cheboksary, Russia

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Murzuq Desert, Southwestern Libya

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Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

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Additional Satellite Highlights:

Sardarshahar, India
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South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands,
United Kingdom overseas territory
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Pitesti, Romania
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Arbil, Iraq
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Color 2 Published Global Ortho Imagery, United States 100% Complete, Western Europe 90% Complete

Global Ortho Imagery

Our latest release of Global Ortho imagery includes 203,271 sq km of new data! In total we have published 11,001,500 sq km covering 100% of the United States and 90% of Western Europe!


Subdivisions, Ã…hrus, Denmark

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Port de Monaco, Monaco, France

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Beach near Laredo, Cantabria, Spain

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Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England

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Additional Highlights:

Gran Zebrù Mountain, East of Bormio, Italy 
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Magdalena Peninsula, Santander, Spain
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Turning Torso Skyscraper, Malmö, Sweden 
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Svendborgsund Bridge, Svendborg, Denmark
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Innenstadt, Lübeck, Germany
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-The Bing Maps Team
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