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New Google Maps Basemap Now Shows Terrain, Vegetation By Default

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http://techcrunch.com – The Google Maps basemap is getting a visual overhaul today. Unlike most updates, though, this one is for the actual maps and not just the interface. Starting today, Google Maps will show you information about terrain, as well as color gradations to depict vegetation and additional labels for natural land formations like the Gobi Desert and the Amazon Basin. Google started offering an optional ‘terrain’ layer for Google Maps in 2008, but with today’s update, seeing terrain has now become the default. It’s worth noting, though, that the old ‘terrain’ layer con (IT news)