Google Earth search vs Google Earth placemarks and street data

As we have mentioned in the past new additions to Google Maps are almost immediately available in Google Earth search. However, the information shown in Google Earth placemarks and street maps is not refreshed very often – sometimes it takes over a year between updates.

This is because Google Earth search does not access the Google Earth database, but rather the Google Maps database. The advantage of this was recently made clear by the recent renaming of Mount McKinley in Alaska, which on August 28, 2015 was officially renamed Denali. If you search for ‘Denali’ in Google Earth you will be taken to the correct location, even though the mountain symbol in Google Earth still names it Mount McKinley and probably will do for some time to come. The name is correct in Google Maps because it was changed in Map Maker on August 31 just 3 days after the official name change.


Denali, Alaska, the highest mountain peak in North America.

The same effect applies to addresses and street names. When you search for an address it is the data in Google Maps that is used.

Also of note is the fact that the Google Earth weather layer is out of date again.Thank you to GEB reader Dee for letting us know. It is, as of this writing stuck at 2015-08-14 17:00 UTC.

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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PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.