Earth Satellite Imagery
For many years the Google Earth satellite imagery for the
region around Tovste was of such poor resolution that it was
useful only for differenting between various swathes of agricultural
land, forest, and large bodies of water. This changed dramatically
in the second half of 2007 when an incredibly high resolution
image of the town was made available online. Suddenly it was
possible to discern with remarkable clarity all of Tovste's
streets and lanes, individual houses and other buildings,
and even vehicles -- thanks to a satellite that evidently
captured the scene in April 2005.
The image below is an overview of a fairly
large area, giving a general impression of the town and its
immediate vicinity. Clicking on the main image will generate
a pop-up window with a closer view of the town centre. To
really appreciate the brilliance of Google Earth it is best
to establish a live connection that will allow you to zoom
in even more to see individual artifacts more clearly.
This is easily done once you have downloaded the Google
Earth software on your computer, and assumes that you
have a reasonably good internet connection. Broadband is not
absolutely required, but it will obviously enhance the viewing
experience. Once Google Earth is running, simply search for
"Tovste, Ukraine" and you will be transported to
the same images captured here.
At some point, I plan to annotate one of
the images in order to show some of the landmarks mentioned
throughout this website. In the meanwhile, enjoy this marvellous
technology which brings the town of Tovste to computer screens
around the world!
the image to view a close-up of the centre of Tovste