Google Earth April Fools Joke

Well, it turns out there is an April Fools Joke in Google Earth today after all! If you turn on the “Geographic Web” layer and then zoom all the way out (38000+ miles away from Earth) the Earth’s continents merge into the theoretical Pangea (the way the continents may have appeared hundreds of millions of years ago). Here’s a screen shot:

UPDATE April 3rd: Google took down this little joke on April 2nd. So, a lot of people didn’t get to see it. Fortunately, I managed to capture a little video clip of it in action. Here’s your chance to see what it looked like:

(Click here for higher quality version)

By the way, for a full animation showing the merging of the continents on Google Earth, check out this cool paleogeographic time animation by Valery Hronusov.

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. Christoph says:

    Actually it might be an April Fools Joke as I don’t manage to make Pangea appear on my screen. Or maybe it’s due to the German language version?
    I am not sure whether it’s from the last update, but parts of Greece are now available in high resolution. (N38°30′; E22°50 to N38°45′; E23°02′)
    Greetings from Germany,

  2. After assuring my installed version matches the one you listed, displaying the Geographic Web layer, and zooming as far out as I am able I was not able to view Pangaea. But, then again, it is now April Fools Day +1.

  3. This egg kept messing up for me. Every time I zoomed out to 18,000 the earth would suddenly shoot off in the far distance til it was no longer visible. Just seemed like spaceNav became jumpy all of sudden. Would definitely be an interesting feature to keep in the layers menu all the time.

  4. I’v heard that thay are taking a pitcher on april 1st 2009 for google earth. Is this true or is it an spril folls day prank? I’v also heard someone say that thay are going to bonce on there tramplene for it. I think it is a joke because thay say it is going to be 8:55am-9:00.

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