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Google Earth’s “Mountains” Layer Gets New Features ‘Tours for Mountains, New Labels for Water Bodies’

Today, a host of new features are added to the “Mountains” layer in Google Earth. To see the layer, make sure “Mountains” is checked in the left layers panel of Google Earth.

Let’s fly to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet, to see one of the latest features. A green icon () will now be visible from high up. Click on the green icon to view information about this mountain.

Below is the bubble that’ll appear when you click on Mount Everest. The bubble content includes Everest’s elevation, a link to a KML tour, a link to an article on the mountain and a slide deck of Panoramio images. Hovering over the image will reveal arrows to let you view additional photos of Everest.

In the “Elevation Profile” section, you can view elevation cross-sections of the mountain in four directions (click on the links labeled “S-N”, “W-E”, “NW-SE”, “SW-NE” to change the cross-section views in the direction of your choice). The cross section is shown as a black line on the shaded relief image of the mountain, viewed on the right-hand side.

Google also show tours created for each and every mountain. Click on the “Fly on a tour” link to download a KML tour. Hit the “Play” icon once the tour has downloaded and you’ll be taken to a vantage point near the peak and flown in a circle to take in the views.

Watch the video below showing the tour for the Matterhorn:

Also, Google added hundreds of thousands of new labels for water bodies all over the world. Click on the “Water Bodies” label just underneath “Mountains” in the layer panel to see new labels for seas, bays, lakes, and reservoirs (rivers are not yet labeled).

[Source: Lat Long Blog]

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