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Google Earth: The California Bay Area Now 3D!

Thursday 01.27.2011 , Posted by

(Thursday – 01/27/11) If you’ve never been to the California Bay area, now is your chance… at least virtually. Google announced today that it has rolled out tens of thousands of new, user created buildings for Google Earth and Google Maps, covering central California, from San Jose up to San Francisco. Included are such famous landmarks as the Golden Gate bridge, the Ferry Building and yes, the Mountain View based Googleplex (In order to view these links, you need to have the Google Earth plugin for Google Maps installed).

This project is really just the beginning, as it continues an ambitious 5 year old announcement that Google would facilitate the creation of 3D models for every building in the world. To learn more about how you can help put your favorite buildings on the map, check out Google SketchUp and Building Maker.

Below: Googleplex in Mountain View, CA

Below: The UC Berkley Campus in Berkley, CA


Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. This is amazing! you gotta appreciate the attention to details the guys at Google put into enhancing user experience. Good job Google!

  2. Its really an awesome experience. I often watch my home town on google earth. it feels something different.

  3. Yeah, way cool. Hopefully they keep adding more 3D objects.

  4. Its official we are living in Sims

  5. This “free sharing” of infrotamion seems too good to be true. Like communism.


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