Chile: Google Earth Moves a Village to Argentina

The Chilean government wants Google to fix its geographical search program that places village Villa O'Higgins, named after Chilean independence hero Bernardo O'Higgins, Santiago, on the Argentine side of the border. "Chile has asked for this to be rectified, and it can only be hoped they do it soon," a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Santiago. Chile and Argentina share the southern cone of South America, where the border between the two nations runs through a complex landscape of islands, fjords and mountains. "We have received the request and are working with our partners to get more precise data for the region. We're constantly working to improve the quality and accuracy of our maps. This is an ongoing process as we receive new information from third party data providers and as names and borders around the world continue to evolve," said Google spokeswoman Megan Quinn.

News source: eWeek

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There are some chilean's motto about Argentina:

Más peligroso que argentino dibujando mapas

(More dangerous that argentine drawing maps)

Nothing strange because Argentina redraw the maps from times to times (or every economic crisis) taking spaces of their (beloved) neighbour countries (Falkland's islands for example)

:P

Plus imagine all the tourism lost by pro-Chileans if they see it in Argentina.

UK tourists won't go near Argentina any more - so we visit Chile instead.

Dude, the war was over long time ago...plus, you mustn't punish a country for their (bad) government decisions...

UK tourists are coming to Argentina with no problems, only the close-minded ones would not come because of the war...

There are people who use Google Earth for research. The borders have to be accurate, it's a legitimate request.

BoondockSaint said,
Why is it stupid - if the village is shown in the wrong country, why shouldn't it be moved?

The village is where it is!

If it's shown to be in the wrong country, then either Google Earth has the border line in the wrong position (in which case they need to fix it) or, if not, then the Chileans and Argentinians need to resurvey and/or renegotiate the border boundary. The only other alternative would be to pick up the actual physical village and move it across the (imaginary) border line into Chile!

Octol said,
If it's shown to be in the wrong country, then either Google Earth has the border line in the wrong position (in which case they need to fix it) or, if not, then the Chileans and Argentinians need to resurvey and/or renegotiate the border boundary. The only other alternative would be to pick up the actual physical village and move it across the (imaginary) border line into Chile! :blink:

That's exactly what I am talking about... surely you didn't think I meant the village needs to be physically moved

BoondockSaint said,
That's exactly what I am talking about... surely you didn't think I meant the village needs to be physically moved :o

Not really, but maybe somebody did!

weird... from (cyber) space there are no frontiers or limits. The request is unnecessary and stupid by definition.