Afghanistan to Antarctica Graduates from Map Maker to Google Maps

Google LatLong team just announced that the following crop of countries, territories and an entire continent including: "Afghanistan, Antarctica, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Iraq, Norfolk Island, Saint Pierre & Miquelon and Saudi Arabia" - are graduating from Google Map Maker and will now appear on Google Maps."Each region has an […]

Google LatLong team just announced that the following crop of countries, territories and an entire continent including: "Afghanistan, Antarctica, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Iraq, Norfolk Island, Saint Pierre & Miquelon and Saudi Arabia" - are graduating from Google Map Maker and will now appear on Google Maps.

"Each region has an impressive mapping story--from the Georgian Government's initiative to improve their country's map, to the group led by six students in Herat, Afghanistan who mapped their entire city in a matter of weeks," said Google.

"Map Maker enables local experts to create maps and share their local knowledge with the world. These citizen cartographers help keep maps of their areas accurate and up to date. They add missing roads and new businesses--and even map areas that have little to no data yet on Google Maps."

Here are some before and after pictures that highlight how much detail Map Maker users have added to Google Maps for these regions (as well as some time-lapse videos):

Baghdad, Iraq

Kabul, Afghanistan

Tbilisi, Georgia