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Check out what's new in World Imagery basemap

In our continuing effort to improve our basemaps, the most recent update to World Imagery adds two new communities in addition to five updated ones.  The replacement imagery is from a more recent collection date and/or at a higher resolution than what was previously provided in the basemap.  Some quick comparisons of before and now online shows the improvement in the imagery.

Mountain View County, Alberta (new contributor)
before (left), now (right) of Olds College campus

Texas Orthoimagery program (updated contribution)
before (left), now (right) showing completed construction of the Purple Heart Gardens at the Sierra Meadows Apartments, Humble, TX

New contributors

Updated contributions

All the areas are highlighted in this Story Map tour:

These updates are part of the ArcGIS Online effort to provide updated imagery content. This effort continues with contributions provided through the Community Maps Program as well as Esri’s newly announced partnership with DigitalGlobe to provide updated imagery for the entire world.

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If you have previously used these maps, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback  on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

About the author

Andy is the Project Manager for the Basemaps in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Creating and updating the basemaps is a collaboration of the Community Maps, Data, Authoring, QA, Release, and Development teams.

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