Meethotamulla garbage mountain aftermath from Google Earth


It’s less than a year after the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed. After the usual media flare, the tragedy has faded from the public minds-cape. Yet Mount Meethotamulla is still in the landscape refusing to go away. Post collapse Google Earth screen grab below show the post collapse spread. Which smothered communities and lives. The landslide … Continue reading Meethotamulla garbage mountain aftermath from Google Earth

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Watch Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grow: aerial view time lapse


This aerial view lapse video shows how the Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grew over time. It looks like the spread of a malignant growth. Here's the video for the impatient.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmDvIGA0MkI It went from this in 2004: to this in February 2017: I put this video together using screen grabs from Google Earth. Which has a … Continue reading Watch Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grow: aerial view time lapse

Interesting Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft line up on Google Maps


There is an interesting line of Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft and helicopters (possibly helicopter gunships) on Google Maps (satellite view). In the tradition of my old Google Earth Posts I have included included a screen shot. For the nosy types, here's the Google Maps satellite view link. Both show a tight line up … Continue reading Interesting Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft line up on Google Maps

3 interesting Sri Lankan geo bloggers


Geo blogging humanises geography. It does by plugging in tools like geo tagged photography, Google Earth or Google Maps with blogging to share personal/human context/meaning of places that are otherwise just impersonal symbols on a map. It adds (hopefully) a human/cultural layer into maps. Something that's been impossible at a pre internet/social media scale. I've … Continue reading 3 interesting Sri Lankan geo bloggers

Sri Lanka’s eastern most point from space


Sri Lanka's easternmost point, Sangamankanda (also referred to a Sangaman Kanda), sits on a wide, isolated beach with an abandoned light house. Good for an opening shot of an arty independent film. Inevitably about some sort of inner turmoil. I've never "heard" of this place and only came across it by a very round about … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s eastern most point from space

Sri Lanka’s political circus from Google Earth


Lipton Circus in Colombo is a frequent staging area for the theatrics of political demonstrations. Perhaps one of the few things we Sri Lankans are consistently good at. Colombo has very few public spaces such as Times or Tiananmen square. As you can see from the google earth screen shot in this post, the circus … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s political circus from Google Earth

Updated: Satellite images of northern Sri Lanka


Google has updated its satellite imagery for parts of Sri Lanka. Pictured below is one of the revelations of this update: the largest runway constructed by the LTTE terrorists. It is located near Mulativu. It is possibly the largest air strip ever build by a terrorist group. The Youtube video at the end of this … Continue reading Updated: Satellite images of northern Sri Lanka