Google has rolled out an updated version of Google Earth for Android and on the web that provides additional ways for users to explore and learn about this amazing planet we call home.
The standout feature of the new Google Earth is Voyager which provides interactive guided tours courtesy of scientists, non-profits and storytellers from around the world.
Interested in learning more about various landmarks? Simply click the UNESCO World Heritage Sites category to virtually visit 30 historic landmarks like the Pyramid of Khufu, the Taj Mahal or the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia. Or, perhaps you’d rather sail through Raja Ampat and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most impressive coral reefs?
Google has also expanded its “I’m feeling lucky” feature to Google Earth, allowing you to be transported to a new and interesting place every time you click the dice icon (my first click took me to Lambai Island in Taiwan and then Swallow’s Nest, a decorative castle located in the Crimean Peninsula). Google says they’ve curated roughly 20,000 different places so you’ve got plenty to keep you busy.
The update, which is two years in the making and arrives just days ahead of Earth Day on April 22, additionally includes a new 3D button that lets you view imagery with a bit of depth.
Job well done, Google.