New Terrain and Imagery in Google Earth/Maps – July 27th

New high resolution terrain - New Zealand -  in Google EarthThis is a follow-up to my post made on July 27th with the details released by Google on Tuesday. I’ve been on vacation for the last week in the Virgin Islands, so I wasn’t able to make this post sooner (yes, I’m back – so expect a few catchup-posts today). Google Maps just got the new imagery data on Tuesday as well. Several other Google Earth and Maps blogs picked up on the puzzle game Google posted last week when the imagery was first made available in GE. For example: Digital Earth Blog, Google Maps Mania, GoogleSightSeeing, and TheMapRoom – just to name a few).
Most of the posts have focused on the imagery. Which is particularly attention grabbing, but the new terrain made available is truly significant. Not only did New Zealand get new 10 meter resolution terrain, but also the Eastern US and Alaska. And, my personal favorite is West Virginia with 3 meter resolution terrain. My family has lands in eastern West Virginia (that little strip of high resolution imagery just happens to cover it), and the terrain detail is incredible – and it’s pretty recent – a road added within the last 4 years is in the terrain. One reason I can guess they did West Virginia with so much terrain data is to make the Mountain Top Removal campaign even more significant.

Here’s the official list of updates to both imagery and terrain:
New high resolution:
US: State of Vermont, State of Nevada, State of Colorado, Chenango County (NY), Oswego County (NY), Lancaster (PA), Montgomery County (MD), Prince George’s County (MD), Charleston (WV), Frankfort (KY), Leon County (FL), Volusia County (FL), Orlando (FL), Melbourne (FL), Ridgeland (MS), Tucson (AZ), Phoenix (AZ), Pierce County (WA), Walworth County (WI), Waukesha County (WI), Milwaukee (WI), Washington County (WI), Ozaukee County (WI), Puerto Rico & US virgin Islands.
South America: Maracaibo, Venezuela
France: French Riviera, Arles, Biaritz, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Angers, Amiens,
Bourges, Clermont Ferrand, Loire River
Italy: 2.5m imagery for the entire country.
Germany: Aachen, Bielefeld, Braunschweig, Stralsund, Duisburg, Halle, Hannover, Herten, Itzehoe, Karlsruhe, Cologne , Norderstedt, Pinneberg, Quickborn, Recklinghausen, Rellingen, Schenefeld, Tornesch, Wentorf
Updated Imagery:
Americas: Regina, Canada; Saskatoon, Canada; Winnipeg, Canada; Ottawa, Canada; Quebec, Canada; Chemung County (NY, US); Cortland County (NY, US); Broward County (FL, US); Fairbanks (AK, US); Boise (ID, US); Colorado Springs (CO, US); Aquas Calientes, Mexico; Brasilia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; San Salvador, El Salvador; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Europe: Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; Moscow, Russia; St Petersburg, Russia; Kazan, Russia; Saratov, Russia; Prague, Czech Republic
Middle East/Africa: Timbuktu, Mali; Cape Town, South Africa; Tunis, Tunisia; Tbilisi, Georgia; Mecca, Saudi Arabia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Alger, Algeria; Lusaka, Zambia; Nouakchott, Mauritania; Sana, Yemen; Tashkent, Uzbekistan;
Asia: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Pyungyang, North Korea
Oceania: Melbourne, Australia;
Updated Terrain: Eastern US 10m, West Virginia 3m, Alaska 60m, New Zealand 10m

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. mike shank says:

    the west virginia elevation data was derived from aerial photography flown in 2003 as part of an emergency response (911) enhancement project; it’s now part of the national elevation dataset.
    regarding mining operations, it is possible to subtract historical elevation data (like topo maps compiled in the 1960’s) from this dataset in order to map the locations of cut and fill operations.

  2. Just one little correction: It’s “Maracaibo, Venezuela”, not “Maracabio, Venezuela” 🙂

  3. joe incognito says:

    Is there a KML file available that shows the terrain coverage for the West-by-God-Virginia and eastern updates like the one of the western US terrain update? It’s too bad there’s not more high-res coverage of W. Va. It’s beautiful country there.

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