While doing research on prisons and internment for his archaeology PhD at Stanford, 28-year-old Adrian Myers happened to point Google Earth at Guantànamo Bay, the notorious US prison on the island of Cuba.
Shockingly, it wasn’t blurred out—the image was as clear as the one of your house. Of course, the government and military would prefer that information about Gitmo be kept locked up in some out-of-the-way place. But using Google Earth’s time slider, which calls up imagery from different dates, Myers saw significant growth in the prison’s footprint between April 2003 and November 2004. With another commercial satellite image from February 2008, he assembled a map of the holding pen’s expansion.