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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Google Maps Getting Lots more Detail

Makes Google Maps more powerful yet as a 'geography' experiment.   Sort of like tracing with your fingers on a globe. A truly interactive means of exploring at so many levels of detail.

Google Maps is getting a lot more detail  In TheVerge
Making natural features easier to see and streets easier to navigate

By Jon Porter@JonPorty
Google Maps is being redesigned to make it easier to distinguish between natural features in the environment, whether they’re mountainous ice caps, deserts, beaches, or dense forests. Google says the new maps will be available in the 220 countries and territories currently supported by Google Maps, “from the biggest metropolitan areas to small, rural towns.” Google says that street maps are also getting more detailed in select cities.

Google says it used satellite imagery as the basis for its redesigned maps and that this has had a “new color-mapping algorithmic technique” applied to it. The end result does a much better job of showing off the differences between natural features, such as between snowy peaks and dense forests or green fields and sandy beaches.   ...   (Many map examples below).

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