Fun with Google Earth’s terrain exaggeration

If you ever get bored of Google Earth's 3D imagery, then a fun thing to try is changing the 'terrain exaggeration'. It is a setting found in Tools->Options->3D View->Terrain (PC) or Google … [Read more...]

People in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

While exploring Google Earth's 3D imagery, you will probably have noticed that even in the busiest cities, people are largely absent. This is because of the way the 3D imagery is captured. Based on … [Read more...]

Two stages of construction in Google Earth 3D imagery

Thank you to GEB reader Jacob for bringing to our attention an interesting effect in Google Earth's 3D imagery. In Kingston, Ontario, Canada, there is a building in the 3D imagery that seems to be a … [Read more...]

Google Earth 3D imagery progress for 2016

Over the course of 2016, Google Earth received about 90,000 square kilometres of new 3D imagery (about the area of Portugal). This represents a significant slowdown in new area covered:New area of … [Read more...]

3D volcanoes and 3D data corruption

Google recently released 3D imagery for Mount Fuji in Japan. However, we discovered that there are a number of squares of the imagery that appear only in low resolution. We have come across this … [Read more...]

Post-earthquake Kumamoto in Google Earth 3D

In April this year, the city of Kumamoto, Japan, suffered a series of large earthquakes. Google managed to capture aerial imagery of the city essentially during the event, after the first major event … [Read more...]

Malaysia and Tunisia get 3D

Malaysia and Tunisia have recently received their first 3D imagery. Tunis and Sfax in Tunisia and Sungai Petani in Malaysia.The interesting upside down triangle architecture of the Hôtel du Lac, … [Read more...]

Ships in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

We have long had a fascination with cruise ships in Google Earth. Cruise ships represent a significant amount of area and deserve to be mapped, but because they move from place to place this poses an … [Read more...]

US National Parks in 3D for centenary

In our August month-end post we mentioned that Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah was now in 3D in Google Earth. Several other US parks also received 3D imagery at the same time. What we didn't realise … [Read more...]

Washington, D.C. now has Google Earth 3D

Google has recently pushed out a number of new 3D areas. Of special note is Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States of America. Google usually takes its time releasing capital cities … [Read more...]