The best of Google Earth for April 2015

Probably the biggest news in April was the release of a new minor version of Google Earth, the first in nearly two years. It is a minor bug fix release, but it does indicate renewed interest by Google in Google Earth and we are taking it as a sign of good things to come.

Another big news item was the move of the Google Earth Community to a new location. If you haven’t already done so, go and check it out now.

Google have stepped up the releases of 3D imagery with March and April seeing significantly more releases than usual in terms of area covered. As always, you can see the coverage using our KML file and report new finds in the comments of this post.


Approximate area in square kilometres of 3D imagery released by Google each month.

Google has been adding satellite imagery, but we will have to wait for their Imagery Updates map, which they have recently been producing monthly, rather than on every update. This month we did a series of posts on how to interpret that map.

StephWe had a look at a message created by Hyundai from a girl called Stephanie to her father, who works on the International Space Station.

RedLakesSanFranciscoWe had a look at some red lakes around the world and the reason for their unusual colour – a type of red algae that thrives in salty water. As GEB reader Chris points out in the comments, there are other causes for unusual colours in water bodies, the most common being pollution from mines or run-off from agricultural land.

MarsOceanCloudsI enjoyed creating the image for the Oceans on Mars story and it turned out much better than I had expected.

What was your favourite GEB story in April?

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Why is Google Earth autogenerated 3D imagery not working? I first noticed that the 3D imagery was not working in Boise, Idaho as it had before. I checked several other nearby cities that used to show the 3D imagery but do not now. Finally I looked at Seattle and San Francisco where the 3D imagery does work. Any ideas on what is happening? Thanks, Gary

    • Boise works for me. Maybe clear cache and restart earth.

    • Timothy Whitehead says

      They are still showing in 3D for me, so it is most likely an issue with your Google Earth client. Verify that you have the ‘3D buildings’ layer turned on and that you are not in ‘historical imagery’. Also in Tools->Options->3D View verify that ‘Use 3D Imagery’ has been ticked.

      • sneaker says

        seems that a long time past since the last image update. Reasons?

      • Solved! — Thanks I tried suggestions offered and still no 3D imagery on my desktop computer. However, I used a laptop and could see the 3D imagery. Then I noticed that the “Terrain” was turned off on my desktop Mac computer. Turning terrain in again solved the problem! I have used Google Earth for years and have hardly ever turned this feature off, but there it was unnoticed!! Thanks again for your help Mason and Timothy.

  2. I remember around 4 years ago this program got updates almost every fortnight, but now Google just seem to be ignoring it and suggestions why?



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