Google Earth 6 is out and it has some fancy new features for those of us looking to really immerse ourselves in the digital atlas. Google have taking the realism to the next level with two new features: a truly integrated Street View experience and 3D trees. They also made it even easier to browse historical imagery.
Aside from Street View integration, Google Earth users will also benefit from thousands of 3D trees that have been placed in cities and parks all over the world. Google has figured out how to produce highly detailed, photo-textured versions of specific tree species and reproduce them at large scale for an urban tree coverage that includes San Francisco (downtown and Golden Gate Park), Chicago (Grant, Millennium and Lincoln Parks), New York City (Prospect and Riverside Parks), Athens (Thiseio Park, the National Gardens, Lykavittos Hill and around the Acropolis), Berlin (Tiergarten Park) and Tokyo (Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and the Akasaka Imperial Grounds). The team is also working to map rainforests in Africa, Brazil and Mexico.
So far there's 80 million of the trees on Google Earth but Google is promising more trees in cities and forests soon, so don’t be too sad if your favorite park is still 3D tree-less!