Google Earth April Fools Joke Video

On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Google added an April Fools Joke into Google Earth. Basically, when you zoomed out from Google Earth, the continents merged into Pangea – the theoretical merging of the continents into one giant continent hundreds of millions of years ago. As far as I know, very few people got to see this feature in Google Earth while it was live on Tuesday. I posted about it late in the day with a screenshot. Fortunately, I managed to capture a short video clip of it in action. If you didn’t see it, here’s 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. Please correct the images over Richmond British Columbia and other outlying suburbs of Vancouver.
    The images most recently added are actually about 4 years old. The last update showed the new airport terminal completed and the 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Oval in progress. The current layer doesnt show any of this.
    I mention this because if there are errors in my city there are certainly update errors in other regions.

  2. Google has always had a great sense of humour.
    Try asking google maps for driving directions from New York to London.

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