Google Earth 5 – Video Showcase

Here is some visual delights showing new features of Google Earth 5 by video (including three I created and added to my posts yesterday). You can download Google Earth 5 for free and try these features out yourself. Check out GEB’s main post on GE 5 which includes links to other feature stories.
Google’s official announcement video:

Sylvia Earle – Oceanographer from National Geographic Society introduces Google Earth 5’s Ocean Data:

Google Earth Blog’s first look at Google Earth 5’s Ocean (below the fold):

Google Earth Blog’s first look at the new Google Mars feature of GE 5:

Google Earth Blog’s look at the new historical imagery feature:

Google’s demonstration of historical imagery:

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. Bryan Duncan says:

    As a frequent user of Google Earth and Panoramio, I’m looking forward to using V.5.
    However, i was extremely disappointed to note that the city of Glasgow in Scotland is still showing as images from 2002.
    Being the 3rd largest city in the UK it has gone through many changes in the past 7 years, so it would be amazing to see updated images.
    Please, please advise when this will happen.
    a disappointed Glaswegian

  2. Bryan Duncan says:

    Apologies for 2nd post.
    However, i have just noticed that although the city of Glasgow in Scotland has still images from 2002, when you use the new “timeline” feature it actually jumps to 2005. So there are new images but only if you use “timeline”. A sort of “back to the future timeline”.
    Here’s hoping this can be updated.
    It’s atill an amazing tool.

  3. this is really great news! you can even fly into the ocean with a flight simulator 🙂 and chatting with martians is awesome 😛

  4. GLASGOW – Bryan, you certainly get later and better imagery through timeline, suggesting hours of browsing to spot more of the same. But no such luck in Peterjead and surrounding area, still under a blanket of cloud. What is stopping better imagery for much of Scotland? Weather conditions? Tough negotiations over licences… ??

  5. So i was checking out some of that history images and was amused at why the 2009 images of manchester are old and the 2005/06 images are more up to date?
    just look at old trafford the construction of the qaudrants is well under way in the 05 images but in the most recent images there is no constrcution and the ground is without the finished construction, still cant understand that.
    On an imagery note, why is dublin, ireland and many parts of scotland still not updated, the last update in dublin was 2006 and they still have yet to get images of the whole county while whole cities of the US and even england has full imagery. Taught dublin was the location of google europe headquarters, its a bit ridiculous how the location of this headquarters and they dont even have proper imagery on google earth.
    Finally, the ocena imagery is lame to say the least, theres no way of getting under water anywere in the Uk and ireland, pointless feature for us Irish and Brits..

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