Great Lakes Under Water Features Added To Google Earth

Google not only added new imagery and new 3D terrain during the past few days, but also the Great Lakes underwater terrain to Google Earth 5. They announced the Great Lakes coverage at the LatLong blog today. The Great Lakes data was created by NOAA and they’ve created a narrated GE 5 Tour which you can watch right here:

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. Cool, I hope they’ll do this to other lakes as well… Places like Lake Bajkal, Crater Lake and most (very deep) big lakes in New Zealand should be pretty cool to explore. I think the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands was the only lake in the first ocean update that had sub-surface rendering.

  2. My family spent a lot of summers on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, about 30 miles west of Mackinaw Island. My dad had a knack for hitting sand bars and other underwater obstacles with the boat. If only we had Google Earth back then, our vacations may have been a lot less expensive. 8)

  3. Getahun Demissie says:

    The other Great Lakes, those of the western Rift in Africa, are subjects of international research interest in tectonics and, together with the other rift branches in the region, represent the various stages in continental brekkup, precursor to the birth of a new ocean. These lakes are very deep, L. Tanganyika being 1,400m deep, and all of them have floors that are intensely faulted. While they are amagmatic, they often exhibit high hest flow. It would be of great help to the international scentific community to be able to map the underwater geologic structures of lakes Malawi, Tanganyika, Kivu, Edward and Albert as well asd L. Turkana on the Ethiopia-Kenya border.

  4. The water features are a great way to add beauty to your homes and offices. Your landscaping view is incomplete without any water feature installed either at workplace or at home.

  5. Great! It is nice to know that the water features are added to Google Earth. Water feature is a contributing factor in making a garden look beautiful and awesome. Having a nice landscape design catches the attention of the people.

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