I am in the middle of re writing the mapping parts of my KayakVB, and even though I have made the decision to go with Google Maps, I still look at the others for reference.
While I was looking around, I noticed that the Nottoway River had disappeared, well not really disappeared, I guess omitted would be proper term here. Live search acknowledges the existence of the Nottoway at some zoom levels, but then they just dump it. While Yahoo and Google maps don’t even show most of it, well at least in map view aerial views would be a little hard to hide, but as far as Google and Yahoo maps are concerned the Nottoway river ends about 2 miles South of Lambs Virginia around 36.97N and 76.95W.
I will give Google a couple of points, in the fact that you can at least search for “Nottoway River” on the Maps page and it gets you within 3 miles of the upper section of the river, while searching Live.com maps page also returns a location near the Nottoway, about 7 miles away from the google result. The search from Yahoo is well lacking, you can forget about searching their maps for anything blank river, unless oh course you are looking for River Kentucky, unless it is a fairly major river, but even then the results can be sketchy like search Yahoo maps for the Colorado River, it just point you to the middle of the state.
I am willing to bet, that the underlying problem is with the underlaying data feed, but I am not going to track that down probably Navteq or Teleatlas, being as both Yahoo and Google essentially have the same error.
Yes I know the maps from all three are provided for free, and I get what I pay for… 🙂