North Korea Uncovered

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North Korea Uncovered
Keywords North Korea, Geography, Politics, Government
Project type Academic
Objective Comprehensive multi-dimensional Google Earth mapping of the infrastructure of North Korea
Participants Curtis Melvin, et al.
Duration ? 2007 – June 2009

North Korea Uncovered is a comprehensive set of mappings of North Korea. It includes in-depth coverage of thousands of buildings, monuments, missile-storage facilities, mass graves, secret labor camps, palaces, restaurants, tourist sites, and main roads of the country, and even includes the entrance to the country's subterranean nuclear test base, the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

The mapping was the result of a two-year effort by doctoral student Curtis Melvin and other volunteers, who pored over hundreds of news reports, images, accounts, books, and maps in order to identify the geographic and political sites. The result has been called one of the most detailed maps of North Korea available to the public today.[1] It is available as a small KMZ file, viewable with Google Earth. Between April 2007 and April 2012, the data file was downloaded more than 270,000 times.[2]

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  1. ^ Asher Moses (2009-06-02). "Amateur spies put North Korea on the map". Brisbane Times (, Australia. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. ^ "North Korean Economy Watch". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 

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