Enhanced Matterhorn in Google Earth

Matterhorn in Google Earth
Matterhorn in Google Earth

In response to a wish from Stefan Geens at OgleEarth, Chris Hanson at 3DNature.com has created an enhanced terrain and texture for the Matterhorn. The built-in terrain data for Google Earth is too low of resolution to cature this sharp and refined mountain peak. So, Chris gathered together some 30 meter resolution digital elevation model data for the peak and draped the data with a Landsat photo processed by AlaphaPixel’s Pixelsense. You can see the results of a new Matterhorn in Google Earth here (assuming you are using Google Earth 4). I’m sure Stefan will be pleased he got his wish… And nice work Chris!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I’m looking forward to someone really accurately carving out the elevation model of Mt. Rushmore, perhaps even rubber sheeting some oblique photos over the faces of the monument.

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