Letter Re: Google’s Aerial Topographic Map Site and Idaho

Another very neat -very free resource that is out there is the Google Earth program. It is available through www.downloads.com. Many of the aerial photos that are used are substandard or old. However much of Eastern Washington and a lot of Northern Idaho contain the most up to date and detailed color aerial photos. This program also allows you to drop down to above the Earth’s surface and move around like you are flying. It also uses some topo functions to view the surface in relief. This tool may be very handy and useful for many scouting out the terrain. The only negative is that you must navigate from town centers. No legal [townshup and range descriptions] or street addresses can be used. It will teach you the skills of photo interpretation fairly quickly as you try and figure out where you are. Thought I would let you know. – EHB in North Idaho