Following Google’s 2004 acquisition of Keyhole Corp. and the subsequent release of Google Earth™ mapping service in 2005, people all over the world have a bird’s-eye view of the world at their fingertips. Google Earth™ provides a global mosaic of aerial photographs and satellite imagery integrated with a variety of other information including roads, towns, parks, and other cultural features. Most importantly, it provides the means for users to post their own content and to interact with each other in the Google Earrh™ Community. The images used in the mosaic were all obtained in the last three years and are continuously updated. Image resolution, although overall very good, is variable. In some areas, image resolution can be as high as 1 m (3.3 ft) per pixel; however, in other areas the image resolution is low and may be blurry at the desired view.
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Tor H. Nilsen, a red-haired Scandinavian who stood more than six feet tall, died October 9, 2005, at his San Carlos, California, home. This was after a valiant five-year fight with melanoma cancer. He was 63. His ashes were scattered at his family plot in Norway in 2006.
He was born in New York City on November 29, 1941, to Mollie Abrahamson and Nils Marius Nilsen of Mandal, Norway, and was the first of their children to be born in the United States. After graduating from Brooklyn Tech, he earned his B.S. in geology from City College of New York in 1962. While there, his prowess on the basketball court impressed a scout from the New York Knicks, but Tor went on to graduate school and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1964 and 1967, respectively. His M.S. thesis was a study of Precambrian metasedimentary deposits in the Lake Superior area, and his Ph.D. thesis was a study of Devonian alluvial-fan deposits of the Old Red Sandstone in western Norway.
Dr. Nilsen’s principal expertise was in depositional systems analysis, stratigraphic analysis, and the relationships among tectonics, eustasy, and sedimentation. He began his industry career in 1967 as a research geologist with the Shell Development Company in Houston, Texas, and Ventura, California, where he worked on the tectonics and sedimentation of Tertiary shelf systems of coastal California. He subsequently spent two years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Military