As part of its renovation, Google Earth now offers virtual tours of the world's natural wonders, some of which are guided by the one and only Sir David Attenborough.
The Google service has undergone a complete revamp which adds a new interface, 3D maps, and a fresh way of exploring the world, called 'Voyager'. This feature attaches multimedia content to sequences of pins around the map, informing users about select locations.
Tours vary in subject from architecture, to ancient history, to nature. The 'UNESCO World Heritage Sites' tour, for instance, takes users to 30 different places including the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge.
The most prominent Attenborough-led content is the new 'Beautiful Birds-of-Paradise', which takes users across Papua New Guinea to glimpse some of the world's most colourful and bizarre feathered friends.
Google has partnered with several organisations, including the BBC, to add insights and imagery to Earth. Tours feature content from Life Story, Africa and Planet Earth II.
The new Google Earth was over two years in the making, and provides a more detailed, immersive view of the world's locations than ever before. Voyager offers a surprising amount of content, which is made all the richer by the experience of zooming around a 3D map.
Users can also use the "I'm feeling lucky" button, which sends them to random places in the world. Another new feature known as Knowledge Cards comes in useful here. These windows hover in the corner of the screen, giving information about the currently selected location. This is often sourced from a Wikipedia entry, which can be directly accessed from the card.
Why not try exploring the new Google Earth for yourself?
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