The planet’s most impressive aerial pictures
Google Earth offers you the possibility to take a free ride around the globe by adding 1,000 new pictures to its collection of a total 2,500 landscapes.
This is the largest update of Google Earth View Collection, showing volcanic regions, desolate seascapes and some scenes that seem taken from another world. The images have been optimised to fit 4K screens, as confirmed by Google in its own blog. These aerial images show us some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet captured from space.
Earth View brings together some of the most interesting and attractive images of Google Earth and improves them before presenting them in the Earth View gallery or through its Chrome extension.
The project is a spin-off of Google Earth, a 3D representation of the Earth that uses satellite images and aerial photographs to illustrate landscapes and scenes from a different point of view than what we normally see. In addition, Earth View now includes a colour map to search for landscapes through the colour palette.
The Earth View Gallery was launched a decade ago and its images are used as wallpapers, screensavers and as part of an interactive showcase on the online guided tour named Google Earth Voyager.
"My hope then is this funny, little project—along with Google Earth as a whole—moves us to care more deeply about this strange but kaleidoscopically beautiful planet," wrote Google Earth product manager Gopal Shah in the company’s official blog.
“The landscapes that materialise when you open a new tab or unlock your phone punctuate your day with a global looking glass.
“My hope then is this funny, little project -- along with Google Earth as a whole -- moves us to care more deeply about this strange but kaleidoscopically beautiful planet."
All images are available at the Earth View Gallery, as well as in the popular Earth View Chrome Extension.
Let’s take a visual tour through some of the most impressive aerial snapshots.
Yellowstone National Park, USA. Photo / Earth View © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Tabriz Iran © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Hail Province, Saudi Arabia. © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Shangrao China © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Nosy Boraha, Madagascar. Photo / Earth View © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Darién province is located in eastern Panama. The murky brown water flows to the Gulf of Panama on the east side and into Chucunaque, the longest river in the country.
Qaasuitsup Municipality © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
San Francisco, Venezuela Photo / Earth View © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Amman Jordan © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Antarctica Photo / Earth View © 2020 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies
Woolwich is located on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia. This photo illustrates an area of apartments that belong to some of the richest people in the city.
Olive trees near Setenil de las Bodegas, south of Spain. Did you know that if a straight line crossed the centre of the Earth, it would connect Setenil de las Bodegas with Auckland in New Zealand?
Located about 200 kilometres west of Francistown in Botswana. The beautiful circular mine was first discovered during the sampling and evaluation process in nearby Orapa.
A rocky coast in one of Sweden’s countries Vastra Gotaland, situated north of Gothenburg and looking west towards Scotland’s east coast.