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Google Maps Oddity

The key relevance of this pic is that there are quite a few pics in Google Maps which look this way, but the buildings are of course not leaning towards one another! If you're into online advertising, SEM/SEO, you might be interested in reading my article on how to optimize rooftop ads to appear in Google Maps.


This is a very strange picture from Google Maps satellite picture of downtown Dallas. The rounded top building in the upper middle is the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Next to it is the tall rectangular 2100 Ross Avenue building (dead center). Catty-cornered from those two on the left side is the pointy-topped Trammell Crow Center which appears to be leaning at a sharp angle compared with the other buildings.


I believe this occured because two or three different satellite images, each taken at a different angle from the buildings, were integrated together. Very cool that the shadow of the leaning building is perfectly integrated behind the 2100 Ross building.


The effect has come to be known as the "Escher Effect".


This image may be seen directly on Google at their map link here.


This picture is geotagged. Read my article about flickr's new geotagging features.


UPDATE 4/18/2010: Google Has Fixed The Escher Effect.

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Taken on April 13, 2006