Google Earth presently covers over 98% of the world’s land

Google sees everything. All things considered, nearly everything.

On Friday, the organization uncovered in a blog entry that Google Earth currently covers in excess of 98 percent of the world, and has caught 10 million miles of Street View.

To put those numbers in perspective, Google shared that the distance of 10 million miles would wrap around the globe more than 400 times, and that Google Earth lets users browse more than 36 million square miles of satellite imagery, aka A LOT.

“While these stunning photos show us parts of the world we may never get a chance to visit, they also help Google Maps accurately model a world that is changing each day,” the post reads.

Google also shared more information about how exactly all these images are captured, and made sure to remind everyone that it’s “no small task.” In fact, Google’s image-gathering process can take up to several weeks.

“In 2019 alone, Street View images from the Google Maps community have helped us assign addresses to nearly seven million buildings in previously under-mapped places like Armenia, Bermuda, Lebanon, Myanmar, Tonga, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe,” the post says.

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