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This is the second question I got last week from June of Phenix and she asks “What is Google Earth?”.

First of all, thank you June for asking this question as recently Google has upgraded Google Earth and it is much more powerful now than the earlier version.

Here is the wikipedia definition of Google Earth first:

Google Earth is a Virtual globe, Map and Geographic Information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the Earth by the Superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, Aerial photography and Geographic information system Computer graphics globe. It is available under three different licenses: Google Earth, a free version with limited functionality; Google Earth Plus (discontinued), which included additional features; and Google Earth Pro ($400 per year), which is intended for commercial use.”

The recent version is in the beta 5.0 stage which means there could be some bugs and the users are encouraged to share these issues with google so that google can fix these issues and can upgrade the beta version to a stable version. In this beta version, there are so many upgrades that I am listing only some of these for your quick reference:

  • You can check how your neighborhood is changing over the time.
  • You can keep an eye on the global warming effect.
  • You can also check how the arctic ice shelf is depleting.
  • This is great, you can dive into sea or ocean and can explore the under water world. Pretty neat!
  • You can track the earth online and you can create your own movie. My son is going to love this!
  • You can watch¬†majority of the well known historic monuments sitting at home now.

If you are excited like me, then here is the official tour of this product. Watch the movie here to learn more about the Google Earth 5.0.

There is another related product called as Google SketchUp where you can create, modify and share 3D Models of any structure or place. You can use this to create the dream children’s play park layout.

If you are excited about the possibilities of Google Earth, you can download it here.

Download Google Earth Now!

Enjoy the Google Earth and see the world through your computer,

Jay Author

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