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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:49 pm    Post subject: Using GeoHack Interface Reply with quote

A large number of applications on the Internet use latitude and longitude inputs to display various information on maps in different ways. There is an interesting website that feeds these lat/long inputs to a list of such applications and provides access to any of them. Besides the normal mapping programs, like Google Maps, Bing Maps, and Yahoo Maps, and route planning applications like MapQuest, the list includes such things as weather maps of various types, star maps, a map of airplanes currently in flight in the area (Flightradar24), etc. You may discover interesting websites you didn't know about. Be sure to check out the links under Other Information. Some, like Geody, provide additional links to other sites, such as cell phone tower locations and coverage.

GeoHack was developed by a team of people who regularly write pages for Wikipedia. Many of the Wikipedia pages include maps, so GeoHack provides a convenient way to access various websites that generate maps.

I have included a page on this website that allows you to enter the latitude and longitude in one location, feed the information to GeoHack and run any of these mapping applications. To access this page, go to GeoHack interface. This utility can also be reached from the ‘Maps’ page of this website.

You must provide the latitude and longitude of the area you would like to view. [Note. Normally, you would use this utility if you already have these values. But if you don't know them, a convenient way to obtain the numbers is from Google Maps. Run the Google Maps program. Type the address, city name, etc. in the input box to bring up a map of the area of interest. When the map is displayed, right click on the location for which you want the coordinates and select ‘What’s here?’ from the list that appears. This causes the latitude and longitude to be displayed in the input box at the top of the page (or directly below it). You can then cut and paste the values from there. (Latitude is the first value and longitude the second.)]

Follow the instruction on the GeoHack input page to access that utility. You can then run any of the listed programs by clicking on one of the options listed after the program name. (Some of the links may not work, but there are a lot of applications that do.) Usually, the application will be displayed in the same window as GeoHack. Use the browser back arrow to get back to that page if you want to run a different application.
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