No matter where you are, there must have been a time or there must be some aspirations right now, to travel the world. A few years ago, this process involved planning, booking tickets, and going on an adventure. But now, with the world fighting a pandemic, traveling has become a little more tricky and in some cases, a bigger hassle than anything else. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to actually travel to your favorite place in the world, without really getting off your bed?
Google Earth, for those of you who don’t know, is the three-dimensional planetary browser that shows our entire planet (albeit a few top-secret military bases) in satellite imagery and aerial photos.
This has been in the works for a while now, and people have absolutely put this software on a different level, as it allows them to literally explore a virtual 3D earth, and all the places it contains, anytime and anywhere you want.
The Google Earth application can be used to measure distances between places on the planet, and additionally, if you are interested, you can even measure the elevation profile of a place, or between two places. This data may not be very useful for everyone, but if you are intricately planning a trip, the elevation profile will be a very useful statistic to have for the report.
One thing that geography buffs really want to see is the ability to include and apply topographical contours on the virtual globe, and for some reason, Google has not added this feature into the application yet. The actual reason for this is yet to be known, but by the looks of it, Topographical data tends to have a few pointers that may be too sensitive to make public, and until they can work on a solution o this, it doesn’t;t seem likely that they will add in the feature.
Adding topo Maps will involve procuring the same from the authorities around the world, and although they are public records in most countries, there are some regions that are prohibited, and frankly, I believe it is a bit of a hassle for the company to get behind it. Yes, there are some third-party apps that can help you get a topo overlay for certain regions of the world, not all of the maps are completely accurate.
If there is any update regarding the same, we will let you know, so make sure you are tuned in for the same.
You can download and run Google Earth on your system using this link.