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Should you get stranded on a desert island, you could create a massive message on the beach in the hopes of being sighted on Google Maps, amirite?

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How will Google Maps discover the island? Satellites won't see something like a message on sand, and it's not likely that it will invest in getting on a boat and exploring the island just for a tiny section of the map.

Should you get stranded on a desert island, you wake up from your nightmare.

Sewcdfs avatar Sewcdf No Way +9Reply
@Sewcdf How will Google Maps discover the island? Satellites won't see something like a message on sand, and it's not...

Google Maps won't discover the island. It's the millions of people using it who are curious enough to zoom in and see the message, if it's big enough.

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@Hullabaloo Google Maps won't discover the island. It's the millions of people using it who are curious enough to zoom in and...

The latest satellite, its highest resolution is 0.4mx0.4m/pixel.
That's quite a bit of sand to dig out with your bare hands, for even a single letter.

Sewcdfs avatar Sewcdf No Way +1Reply
@Sewcdf The latest satellite, its highest resolution is 0.4mx0.4m/pixel. That's quite a bit of sand to dig out with your...

Digging it out in the sand would equate to nothing once the ocean's high tide washes it out. It could be made from tree trunks and such, which would contrast better on the sand of the beach (which means better visibility in the satellite imagery).

Hullabaloos avatar Hullabaloo Yeah You Are -1Reply
@Hullabaloo Digging it out in the sand would equate to nothing once the ocean's high tide washes it out. It could be made from...

How are you going to make it big enough...
A really really sloppy "Help" word would take about 20 pixels, which is 20 tiles of material that is 0.4mx0.4m.
That's quite a bit of tree trunks "and such".

Even if you make it, it's unlikely that the message will be discovered.
Zooming max on google maps on full screen covers approx 0.24 km2. So there's a 0.000000048% chance that a person will zoom in randomly on the world map and spot the place that has your message.

Sewcdfs avatar Sewcdf No Way -1Reply
@Sewcdf How are you going to make it big enough... A really really sloppy "Help" word would take about 20 pixels, which is...

That is why it has to be really big. Making it is better than just sulking all day about how there is a 0.000000048% chance that a person will zoom in randomly on the world map and spot the place that has your message. What are the odds of being stranded in the first place?

Hullabaloos avatar Hullabaloo Yeah You Are +1Reply
@Hullabaloo That is why it has to be really big. Making it is better than just sulking all day about how there is a...

Yeah, but how are you going to make it big...
Are you going to make each letter take up a 100mx100m space? It would only make it a tiny bit better, but you'll need a devastatingly huge amount of material.

Sewcdfs avatar Sewcdf No Way -1Reply
@Sewcdf How will Google Maps discover the island? Satellites won't see something like a message on sand, and it's not...

You can see a full frontal view of a house from satellite, you could see a huge message in the sand. If there was a huge help sign in the sand, there would be a search team sent there, chances are there's already one looking for you. And Google Maps wouldn't discover the island.

@Frank_n_Furter You can see a full frontal view of a house from satellite, you could see a huge message in the sand. If there was a...

you can't see a full frontal view of your house from the google maps satellite. The street view pictures are taken from cars with cameras on the top of them.

WILSON!!!!

eastcoasts avatar eastcoast Yeah You Are +9Reply

Except google maps uses aerial photos taken with plains and satiates that are only update like once a year if that...

Anonymous -1Reply

i would enjoy the experience

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