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Satellite imagery, made available to the public through applications such as Google Earth and Google Maps, have allowed anybody with a computer or a smartphone and access to the internet to become an explorer. This have led to the discovery of dozens—probably hundreds—of places and features on the planet previously unknown to man, ranging from the biggest natural arch to tiny meteor craters.

Back in 1972, NASA had just launched the Landsat program for taking pictures of the earth from space, and sifting through the millions of images captured by the satellites was a new and exciting job for cartographers.

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