Google has revolutionized the media industry by providing quality information just a click away. Google Earth is one of the many innovations of Google. Through Google Earth you can see images of various places in the form of satellite images. Until recently, users utilized Google Earth only for this purpose, till we came across one more use of this application. Google Earth can also help a user in finding a formerly unfamiliar antecedent. Archaeologists found this use very helpful and started using Google Earth to find the ancestors of various species. Recently archaeologists stumbled upon a new use of Google Earth. This use was to come across and safeguard the witness of human life on the planet from its looters.
What is looting?
Looting of archaeological sites is not a recent problem. Many of the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs were looted during olden days. Archaeology draws attention towards ancient objects, and people in hunt of artifacts or treasure cause damage to archaeological sites.
Smuggling of antiques abroad to private collectors has caused immense cultural and economic damage in many countries. Governments of these countries are also responsible for such an activity, as they lack teeth to deter the looters. Looters damage and destroy archaeological sites, disallowing future generations information about their national and cultural inheritance.
Google Earth to stop looting
Google Earth can now successfully provide quality information on the subject of looting. Many archaeologists require certain kind of satellite images to gauge the level of looting at a specific place. Some can afford the very expensive satellite images while some cannot. Google Earth is now an answer to those who require the images at lesser cost for their research.
Uses of Google Earth for archaeologists
Until now several types of users were using the search engine, to find specific information, but not archaeologists. These professionals are not in need of information concerning current happenings, because they peep back in time. The new use of Google Earth has provided immense help to these professionals. They can now use the right techniques with relatively inexpensive tools to milk out conclusions.
Google Earth can not only review the extent of looting but also can track the places where looting occurs. Google Earth can show the looters in act only when it goes real time. But nonetheless, even if we can keep a track of the looting, it will be helpful in creating public policies regarding cerebral and corporeal patrimony.
No compromises with the quality
Some archaeologists are of the opinion that cheap sources of images can lure few of their fellow members towards Google Earth. But to draw correct conclusions one has to closely look at the sight. The images which are free for public viewing cannot be zoomed to such a close extent. If someone tries to do so, this compression method can considerably lessen the file mass at the cost of spatial and spectral characterization.
Google Earth can surely help to create awareness in public regarding the problem of looting. Anything more than that depends on the skill of the user.