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Google Earth is a popular geobrowser that gives the user access to maps, terrains and location anywhere in the world in 3D. This browser is able to access ocean bathymetry, aerial and satellite imagery as well as other geographic data. Also referred to as a virtual globe, Google Earth has three versions: free, pro and enterprise. As the names suggest, the free version is for personal and educational use while “pro” is used for commercial applications. Enterprise, on the other hand, is for corporations and members of organizations.

Just recently, Google announced a consolidation move that will integrate the Map Maker tool into Google maps directly. Moreover, by the end of the first quarter of 2017, the tool will not be a separate one anymore. One of the most important tools when it comes to editing geo-locations and data listings for both Google Earth and Google Maps, the map maker tool has allowed the community to edit locations and business addresses that have been helpful to all users worldwide.

This change will allow Google to gear towards giving user the ultimate experience when they edit directly on Google Maps for multi-platforms. This will also allow the community to make changes whether from their mobile devices or computers.

In another Google Earth update, land is already added to the northern coast of Greenland that may be attributed to improved satellite imagery. Others say that this might also be a result of global warming that led to a more visible coastline. Another update is the increase in number of the blue circles for photos submitted by users. And for an easier and clearer view, the search engine giant also added a button that allows for a split-screen view of the streets.

Meanwhile, read about downloading Google Earth for PC and Mac here.