What's New in Google Earth?
One world. Many stories.
Recently, Google Earth reached a
new milestone: one billion downloads of the Google Earth desktop
client, mobile apps and plug-in since initial launch. To celebrate, we’ve
put together a new site showcasing some of the great Google Earth stories
from the last six years. Visit www.OneWorldManyStories.com
to take a walk down memory lane and discover unique ways that people have
used Google Earth to expand their view of the world, whether that be
on dry land,
sea, or much further afield.
Street View hits the stunning Swiss Alps railways
From the Amazon
rainforest to the ancient ruins of
Pompeii, Street View
technology has put imagery of some of the world’s most interesting and
significant sites online for everyone to enjoy. Now, for the first time in
Google Maps, we’re hitting the train tracks
capture the majesty of the famous railway lines of the Swiss Alps and
the surrounding scenery. In cooperation with Rhaetian Railway, our Street
View team has collected images (that will be published soon) from one of
the world’s most scenic railway routes in Switzerland.
Follow Your World, now in 43 more languages
Ever since we launched the English version of Follow Your World earlier this year,
users around the globe have been able to receive email notifications
whenever imagery of locations they care about are updated in Google Maps and Google
Earth. Now, we’re happy to
announce the expansion of this tool. We’ve localized the software into
43 additional languages so that the application can easily be accessed by
millions more people around the world.
Explore the history of Mexico with Google Earth
Nothing compares to the sensation of visiting a place where history was
made. Exploring castles, pyramids and other historical landmarks in a
country provokes a deeper understanding and respect for unique cultures and
creates a sense of belonging. Mexico´s archaeological sites and historical
landmarks are more accessible than ever with the
introduction of an interactive atlas from the National Institute of
Anthropology in Google Earth.
Step inside the map with Google MapsGL
You’re now one step closer to experiencing and interacting with a 3D mirror
of the real world within your browser with Google MapsGL. Using WebGL technology, Google
MapsGL is an experimental project which enables a richer maps experience
with immersive 3D buildings, smoother transitions between imagery, fluid
transitions into Street View and more, directly in your browser and all
without a plug-in. Learn more about WebGL experiments on the
Google LatLong Blog.
News from Google Earth Outreach
In this month's News from Google
Earth Outreach, explore a Google Earth
KML file which seeks to
raise awareness of the threats facing the forests of the southern
United States, a speech at the Bioneers conference by
Google Earth Outreach manager Rebecca Moore, and an update to the Geothermal Potential maps for the US. Finally,
which nonprofit organizations thought big enough to be one of are the
2011 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant awardees. Please read more...
New and Updated Imagery
This month, our imagery team added
hundreds of new images to Google Earth
and Google Maps, including high-resolution
aerial updates for the US and high-resolution satellite updates for
Antarctica, Hungary, India, Namibia, Russia and more. Explore updated
imagery from Graceland in Memphis, TN or join kayakers in Thorne Bay, New
Zealand by opening this
KML file directly in Google Earth. Don't forget you can use the View
> Historical Imagery feature to scroll through past imagery through
a time slider.
Where in the World?
Somewhere in Google Earth is this interesting feature. Can you find it? Be
sure to click the image above for a larger view of this location. When you
think you've found it, post your answer here. Here are a few clues to lead you to the location:
For more fun
& games, visit the Google Earth
- Numerous countries in this half of the world put their clocks back by
one hour this weekend.
- The wife of this country's president has recently given birth.
- This location is close to a Spanish exclave.
Useful places for more Google Earth information: