What's New in Google Earth?
Experience more 3D Trees
Since we first launched 3D trees in
Google Earth 6 last November, we’ve worked hard to bring this
experience to more cities. We’re happy to
announce that the latest group of cities with 3D trees include: New
York, Philadelphia, Boston, London and multiple cities in the California
Bay Area. This new 3D imagery brings a new perspective to your favorite
historical buildings and parks. Explore the 3D trees in this
video or turn on the 3D Trees layer to explore the new cities.
Explore more ocean seafloor terrain
Only a tiny fraction of our oceans have ever been explored. As a matter of
fact, we know more about the surfaces of Mars and the Moon than we do about
our own ocean floor. So in honor of World Oceans Day this month,
we collaborated with Columbia University to add more ocean seafloor terrain
to Google Earth than has ever been
available before, enabling millions of people to explore our blue planet.
Please visit the
Google Lat Long blog for more information about this new data.
Brussels in 3D
Brussels is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Now, you can discover the
riches of Brussels in a virtual 3D visit with Google Earth. Several
thousands 3D buildings have been added to the city’s map. You can now visit
landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Parc du Cinquantenaire, and the Atomium
in 3D. Watch a video
tour or view in the
Google Earth Gallery to enjoy the sights of Brussels for yourself right
from the comfort of your home.
More Building Maker cities and a new competition
We’ve just released new Building Maker
imagery in six new cities: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Córdoba, Argentina; Mar
Del Plata, Argentina; Mendoza, Argentina; Rosario, Argentina; Ottawa,
Canada. To celebrate this, we’re having the first ever Building
Maker Modeling Competition to help get these cities on the map! There
are several prizes to help get you in the mood to model, including a
GPS-enabled digital camera! Please visit the
Google Lat Long blog to learn more.
Map Maker workshop and competition
We recently hosted a series of Google
Map Maker events in Rabat, Morocco, including a mapping workshop
organized by official Map Maker advocates from Morocco. The objective of
event was to introduce Map Maker to new users and show that many
all over the world are helping to improve Google Maps through Map
Maker. The event included demos and powerful mapper stories, and concluded
by kicking off a week-long competition exclusively for attendees of the
News from Google Earth Outreach
In this month's News from Google Earth Outreach, we'll explore how Google
Earth has been used by the WWF to offer a tour highlighting a region in
Sumatra where endangered tigers' habitat is being affected by
deforestation. Then, following on from last month's look at using Google
Maps to promote non-profit organizations, we'll look at an "Intro to map
making". Finally, a quick rundown of events at the recent Outreach
participation in International Marine Conservation Congress 2011. Please read more.
New and Updated Imagery
This month we added new and updated imagery, including high-resolution
aerial updates for the USA. Many countries also received high-resolution
satellite updates, including Chile, Fiji, India, Nepal, Russia, Yemen and
more. Take a look at these changes and many more in our update post
here, or view this file directly in Google Earth. Don't
forget you can use the View > Historical Imagery option to see
imagery choices through the 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:
Note: Please avoid posting spoilers on the Google Earth
Community. We'd like as many people as possible to enjoy the quiz.
- Around one billion people live on this continent.
- Mount Nyangani is this country’s highest mountain.
- These features can be found on the country’s banknotes.
Useful places for more Google Earth information: