Google Maps Gets Geographical Details: Vegetation, Natural Land Formation Labels and More

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  • 27 Oct 2012
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  • Ever wanted to know more about the geography of your region? Well, now thanks to a recent update of Google Maps you can. The service now clearly shows terrain and uses color gradations to depict vegetation. Labels are also used for natural land formations. The enriched visual data allows the users to quickly and easily see forests, deserts and mountain ranges .

    We’ve got an example here with Southern Asia pictured above in the pre update mode and after the break you can see it with full vegetation details. It’s nice to see how natural land formations impact our civilization and how dams and bridges are built to adapt to the nature’s elements. In the image below you can check out the dry desert of Pakistan, the Himalayas also shown in clear detail and the rich jungles of Laos.

    Vancouver, Canada was shown in the fashion below, before the update and the image at the end of the article shows the new form of display for natural elements. For example you can now see clearly the mountain region and rocky terrain in the same area. It’s clear now why the settlements are in the south, while the rocky north isn’t that well inhabited. Aside from terrain and vegetation you can also see labels for large natural features, like the Amazon Basin.

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