New Google Earth 6 Features 3-D Trees and Time Traveling
The latest version of Google Earth makes it easier for computer users to virtually explore the world and features 3-D trees to boot.
This new-and-improved Google Earth, numbered 6, now fully integrates Street View, Google's controversial pedestrian's point-of-view panorama feature . This incorporation allows for a smooth transition from a gods' eye view of the entire planet all the way down to a residential street.
To boost realism, more than 50 species of 3-D-rendered trees also now complement Google Earth's 3-D buildings in Chicago and Tokyo, among other cities, and with more to come. A bare-bones portrayal of sections of the Amazon rain forest has been created, too, which includes native trees such as the cashew, cacao and acai.
Traveling about in Google Earth 6 extends not just to space but time as well; a clock icon appearing in the lower left of the screen lets users know that historical images are available for a selected region.
Watch the videos below to learn more details and see examples of Google Earth 6 in action.