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Google Maps updated with enhanced visual data for terrain, natural geography

Google announced today on its Google Maps blog that it would roll out some enhancements to visual data that brings a better view of natural geography to its Maps app. According to Google, the update will bring terrain and “color gradations to depict vegetation.” It will also now include searchable labels for larger natural features such as the Amazon Basin:

This enriched visual data allows you to quickly and easily see where the great forests, deserts, and mountain ranges around the world begin and end. It also conveys how natural land formations can impact where, how and why man-made developments like urban cities, dams and bridges are made.

Above is an image of  Southern Asia before and after the update that shows new terrain and vegetation data.

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