Google Earth

The Internet giant's popular map of the world that uses satellite tech

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  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
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Google Earth
Google Earth

Google Earth is a mapping app that lets you see the surface of Earth from a number of different angles. It uses aerial images, satellite photography, and Street View images to create a single immersive experience. The search engine behind Google Earth is quite powerful, and it has many images and data points to search through. The software is highly intuitive and includes the ability to explore sections of the sky, the surface of the Moon, and the surface of Mars.

The easiest way to describe Google Earth is as a type of digital world atlas. You can use the software to explore areas of the world that you otherwise would never experience. Landmarks and cities are recorded in impressive detail, and there are even some underwater icons that can be browsed.

Google Earth isn't limited to the surface of Earth either. It also gives you access to images of Mars, the Moon, and star navigation. With the help of the dedicated Google Earth search engine, you can find any location using GPS coordinates, addresses, or general search terms.

The software uses layers to showcase as much or as little information about an area as the user prefers. It can show information on weather patterns, borders, roads, buildings, and more. If you've visited somewhere and taken pictures, you can add that content to Google Earth. The Street View feature from Google Maps is built-in to the Google Earth software, so you can jump between an aerial view and a ground view.

You can also use Google Earth to perform a number of advanced personal features. You can create custom routes, save images, measure specific distances, use a flight simulator between preset points, and add bookmarks for your favorite locations.

To travel around the Google Earth environment, you only need to use your mouse. There are also dedicated buttons on the screen. Using these controls, you can rotate your point of view, zoom in, and move across the landscape with ease. To start a Street View experience, drag the human figure icon to a street that is outlined in blue. The blue outline represents streets that have Street View data. You can also scroll through Street View with your mouse. All your available options and the search engine are found in a single menu pane, and you can minimize this pane for a better viewing experience.

There aren't any other whole-world observational tools as complete and detailed as Google Earth. You can visit an exceptionally wide range of places, and the graphics are highly impressive given the vast amount of available data. Information on the varying layers as well as textures are updated consistently. If you want a way to travel across the world without having to leave home, Google Earth is the answer.


  • Excellent Graphics
  • Explore Earth, the Moon, the Sky, and Mars
  • Variable Layers
  • Includes Street View


  • Requires Strong Internet Signal
  • Some Regions Have Poor Content

Google Earth is a virtual, 3D exploration program that allows users to pinpoint and view almost any location in the world. By using satellites, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS), its maps have the capability to display buildings, structures, and landmarks as well as road and street views. Additional satellite imagery has been recently added, such as the sky, the surface of bodies of water, and options for outer space, Mars and the Moon. Users also have access to a new Historical Imagery feature that exhibits area changes through the years.

Google Earth is available for Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS 10.3.9 or higher and Linux. It is free to download and provides the option to add upgrade features for a fee. The Pro and Plus downloads are geared for commercial users, so the free version will be sufficient for most users.


• Google Earth is relatively user-friendly and easy to use.

• Google Earth provides detailed images and various map layers. Layers include borders and roads, parks, lodging, terrain, 3D buildings, and a National Geographic layer. These can be selected and turned on or off as the user desires.

• Any address can be searched for and pinpointed. The user then has the ability to generate travel and driving directions from one point to another.

• The user is given the ability to zoom in on and view buildings or areas in close detail.

• The user has the capacity to save points of interest, landmarks or plan a sightseeing tour.

• Google Earth showcases news and weather-related information including clouds, radar, and extended forecasts.

• Google Earth has developed a community with discussion boards and blogs that allows users to share information, travel tips and points, and bookmarks.


• Google Earth requires high speed internet connection for it to function effectively.

• The zooming and moving functions may cause images to blur or load very slowly.

• Some user-added points of interest may be inaccurate.

• Not all Google Earth area views are available in full detail.

• Because images are not labeled with dates, it is sometimes unclear if an area is up-to-date. Some pictures or images may be several years old.

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