Google Earth just released a brand new tool that lets you measure the world around you. If you want to know how far your hike, run, walk, jog, bike ride, or other path is, you can now use this easy measuring tool to find out.
You can also use this new Google Earth tool to figure out areas to learn the size of a piece of property, a park, stadium or country.
Now you can measure the exact distance between two points, or three points. Or as many points as you’d like. Or the area of a parcel of land.
Warning: this tool may result in you having fun and perhaps even wasting a bit of time…
You can use Google Earth to calculate distance even when no roads are involved, such as between your home and the South Pole. If you want to find out how close a neighbor’s house is, how long a driveway is, how far away a tree is, or how close a school is, you can use this new tool. You can measure exact distances between multiple points to calculate the length of a jogging path, walk to school, or cross-country race course.
You can also use Google Earth to easily calculate the area of locations around the world. You can find out which is larger: Colorado or Utah? You can find out the size of a neighborhood, swimming pool, playground or amusement park. Teachers can use this tool to help students learn to calculate areas in fun places around the world, without ever leaving the classroom.
Google announced this new Google Earth tool in a blog post on Monday to let us know about this update to their website and app. Google Blog, Introducing the Measure Tool for Google Earth on Chrome and Android
Google Maps Measure Distance is available using your computer on the Google Earth website, and for Android devices using the Google Earth app. An update to the Google Earth app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) with this new tool is coming soon, according to Google.
Google Earth is free to use.
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How to Use Google Earth to Measure Distance and Area
On the Google Earth website, click the measuring tool icon in the tool bar on the left side of the screen.
Then select your starting point anywhere on the globe. Drag your cursor to a second point on the screen and click on it to measure distance. The distance between the two points will be shown in a window in the upper right corner of the screen.
If you want to measure area, keep choosing measuring points until you have closed the shape.
If you make a mistake, click the undo button in the upper right corner of the screen.
After you have closed the shape, Google Earth will show you the area of the shape and the perimeter of the shape.
Are you excited about the new tool from Google Earth that lets you measure the distance between two points and the area of places? What distances and areas will you measure with this new tool? Have you
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