Google Earth is a revolutionary`new program from Google that allows users to view practically anywhere on the globe. Using a combination of satellite imagery and Google Maps data, Google Earth allows users to zoom into places of interest and view 3D depictions of the landscape and building structures. It is extremely simple to use, and can be used as an educational tool or simply for entertainment.
The installation of Google Earth is extremely compact and fast. This is because the majority of the Google Earth data is actually stored on Google's servers, which means that the software requires an internet connection to operate. Once loaded, the user can immediately start exploring the world to their heart's content. Navigation can be done via keyboard, mouse or a combination of the two. It is extremely simple and intuitive. Users can pan and zoom through the terrain, and they can enable and disable specific options for easier use. Google Earth even allows a history function that allows users to view a location as it was in the past, if the data was available. Due to the fact that Google stores all of their information on their own servers, the Google Earth application requires a fast internet connection but minimal hard drive space.
New discoveries have even been located through Google Earth, such as ruins of ancient cities. This is made possible because Google Earth allows those with scientific interest to comb through satellite imagery without any restrictions besides military bases and other government-protected zones. Students of astronomy can also go to the moon or Mars, and the imagery for both of these locations is extremely detailed.
Google Earth gives users an unparallelled ability to discover their world and there is no software system equal to it. In fact, there aren't even any direct competitors or any software systems that are similar. While it is an incredibly sophisticated educational tool, this does not mean that it isn't without practical applications. The application currently offers transit directions through the Google Maps system which allows users to create detailed travel plans while studying every step of their new journey.