Many of us use to goggle over Google (say that 10x's fast) Earth years ago when the technology first became accessible to the world. But with the new advancements, it’s easy to see where Google Earth is heading in terms of search engine optimization, with enhanced imagery 3-Dimensional cities, and geography, the new Google Earth makes finding home that much more fun. Google Earths mission is to bring us that much closer to understanding the world and communicating with cultures across the globe.
Here are some of the new features:
- Voyager- Voyager is a showcase of curated content with interactive tours and explanations about the different places you are interested in. BBC Earth teamed up with Google Earth to narrate these tours with video clips designed to help you learn about a location in further depth. From Islands, to Mountains, and even deserts and cities, BBC and Google Earth explore the magical landscapes of the world unknown with the simple click of a destination.
- 3-D- This updated version of Google Earth has improved the technology of mapping out our Earth. With a 3-Dimensional button feature you can explore cities such as Paris, Tokyo, and New York City, or fly over more remote locations such as the Grand Canyons geo-logical layers from any angle. When you find a location you want to share you can create a Postcard and send it to friends and family for them to open to that spot!
- This is Home- Another new feature allows you access into what people from all over the world call “Home”. In the upcoming months, this feature will grow giving you the opportunity to step inside a Peruvian chuclla, and other traditional homes within different cultures.
That is certainly not all. As the world and people evolve, Google Earth has plans to evolve as well. You might think that all of the imagery is captured by satellite, but what I was surprised to find out is that when you zoom in closely to a location it takes a lot more than a faraway satellite to capture details. Small planes fly close over cities for hours capturing images from a birds-eye view at every angle in order to overlay image after image and map out a city or geological location. It can take years to achieve the right weather and photos to put together what you see on Google Earth. Once a destination is mapped out it is then edited to remove, people cars, shadows, clouds, and apply sharpness and color contrast to make it more clear.