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Friday, October 26, 2012

Engadget: Google Maps adds natural terrain outside of satellite views, reminds us the world isn't flat

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Google Maps adds natural terrain outside of satellite views, reminds us the world isn't flat
Oct 26th 2012, 21:02

Google Maps adds natural terrain outside of satellite views, reminds us the world isn't flat

Everyone knows that Google prides itself on mapping accuracy. If you hadn't checked beyond the base maps in the past few years, though, you'd have thought the terrain was charted in the "here be dragons" era -- it's been as flat as a board. Take a second look today. Google has overhauled Google Maps worldwide to show hills, deserts and lush zones as well as label the geographical features that hadn't previously been identifiable in a sea of white. The map overhaul isn't so nuanced enough as to remind us how steep the hills can be in San Francisco, but it will remind us that Gobi refers to more than just a chipset.

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Google Maps adds natural terrain outside of satellite views, reminds us the world isn't flat originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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