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Google Earth is a Web-based mapping software (also characterized as a virtual globe program) that portrays a visually accurate representation of the entire earth surface using satellite images, aerial photographs, and GIS data. It is available on the Web in a free-of-charge version. Chargeable versions with enhanced capabilities are also available for professionals.

Google Earth was initially developed by Keyhole, Inc., under the name “Earth Viewer.” In 2004, Google acquired Keyhole and renamed the product “Google Earth” in 2005. Since then, a free-of-charge version has been available on personal computers running MS Windows 2000 or XP, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and Linux Kernel 2.4 or later. In June 2006, Google Earth Release 4 was launched.

Google Earth provides images and photographs that cover the whole ...

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