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Many years ago, geography classes and individuals who studied the earth’s topography invested in fancy globes. In June 2005, Google changed all that with the release of Google Earth. Today the earth’s mountain ridges, flat plains, valleys and even the depth of the oceans, rivers and lakes are accessed through the geobrowser called Google Earth. Via satellite imagery, Google puts the topography of the world into the hands of any user with an Internet connection.
Google Earth Free has tools for creating new types of data, with the ability to import specific GPS data across networks. Schools benefit tremendously from the free version. Each entity permitted to use the free version can take advantage of Geo
GeoEducation, is a site available to educators with helpful and informative tips on using Google Earth, Maps, Sky and SketchUp in a classroom setting. Universities and trade schools also have access to Google Earth Free if it is used for non-commercial reasons.
Many of the features are detailed and fairly intricate for the novice map user, but with a Google account and the license code GEPFREE, users can explore the additional features of the free version for just that, free.
All three versions of Google Earth function as both a data reader and a format to create new data. It uses the Keyhole Markup Language (KML) format, which enables all users to create and share their data. It differs from Google Maps, which was developed with the priority objective of providing accurate driving directions and primarily maps of documented roads. Google Earth opens up the whole spectrum of earthly topography, from highways, byways and train tracks, expanded into the mountainous terrain and the depths of the oceans.
From the days when the only way to get an aerial view of the earth was to spin a globe, Google Earth has brought the earth’s topography into classrooms, offices and home living rooms. It’s like flying over the earth in a private space shuttle, the mouse and keyboard as the controls. For inquisitive minds who want to really step out into the solar system, there is even Google 5 to explore Mars for research, Google Moon and Liquid Galaxy.
Title Google Earth
File size25 MB
RequirementsWindows 10, Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
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