Google Earth offers geographical information through a virtual map, enabling the users to view foreign cities, know distances between any two places, and also use it as an entertainer and for knowledge.
There are also many others using it to teach geography in schools, especially with the special program for the classroom.
It is not just a simple three-dimensional map, as Google Earth also offers the users options in deciding the layers that they want to view, visiting planets, and other customization features.
Using the Functionalities
The navigation tools available on the right side of the screen can be used for zooming in and out. Apart from this, it can be dragged, rotated, or scrolled through using the mouse. The “fly-to” feature enables the users to type out a particular address or even the name of well-known buildings. With the “timer” option, users can move from one decade to another and take a look at historical pictures.
Using the Ruler
Using this feature, the app enables users to know the specific distance between one point and another. Users can specify the measurement in terms of centimeters, meters, inches, etc., before clicking on the two spots and get the approximate distance. The “path” option in this tool enables the measurement of the distance between several points as well. In addition, the users can use the Fighting Falcon or the Cirrus SR 22 for flying between points.
Interaction with the Universe
Apart from interacting with various locations on Earth, Google Earth also allows users to interact with the rest of the universe. For instance, with the “sky” option, one can visit the moon or Mars. This is a very interesting and attractive feature for those interested in planets or constellations and other celestial bodies, with the information being accessed from satellites like NASA and DLR.
This feature allows the users to navigate or explore all cities with the popular yellow icon representing the person. Users can walk through the streets of any city or take a tour of the city without actually being present in it. The “tour guide” offers information for discovering new places for exploration. To get more information about a place, you can also browse through layers, such as photos, or through Wikipedia for learning more.
The “layers” feature allows the user to highlight something within the map; 3D buildings are available for viewing in many important cities of the US, India, the UK, and Japan, among others.
The images that viewers see in the application are not live ones, as they are pictures of the location taken some time before. However, the users can view the time when the image was taken by checking it out on the screen bottom.
In addition, another negative aspect is that when the users scroll too quickly, the images may not be very clear initially depending on the connection, along with some areas having a better resolution than others.
Though the mobile app does not offer the functionality or the power of the desktop version, it is still a must-have for the modern age, as you can zoom through the earth, choose layers, and search for practically anything that the users want to view.