What is Google Earth ?. “Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004 .”. What can Google Earth do?.
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“Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004.”
It can maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS 3D globe.
It is available under three different licenses:
Google Earth, a free version with limited functionality;
Google Earth Pro ($400 per year), which is intended for commercial use.
Google Earth Plus (discontinued),which included additional features.
Currently available for use on personal
computers running on Microsoft Windows 2000,
XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above, Linux (released on June 12, 2006), and FreeBSD. Google Earth is also available as a browser plug in (released on June 2, 2008) for Firefox, Safari 3, IE6 and IE7.
The release of Google Earth in June 2005 to the
public caused a more than tenfold increase in
media coverage on virtual globes between 2005 and 2006, driving public interest in geospatial technologies and applications.