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Google Maps Adds Terrain View

June 13, 2014  - By 1 Comments

Google Maps now has Terrain View, which enables users to see terrain maps for an area.

Terrain view shows the 3D elevation of natural geographic features, such as mountains and canyons. Topographic contour lines are overlaid on the map to show elevation levels with altitude information displayed in gray numbers.

Google Maps also offers traffic, transit, and biking views.

Google Maps tweeted about the new terrain feature, showing an example:


Photo: Google


Tracy Cozzens

About the Author:

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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  1. Ian Barber says:

    Can you get the gradient of hills from this tool ?

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