Google Earth Maps: Border Updates Are Live

Google have announced that the border updates are now live in Maps and will be coming to Google Earth shortly. The improvements to the borders are for over 60 countries and regions.

Charlie Hale of the Google Lat Long Blog has written that they receive spatial data from a variety of sources, which are reviewed at great lengths before being added to Google Earth and Maps. Their main aim is to provide accurate and legible maps.

Boundary data varies in resolution, higher resolution results in boundaries that better follow the geographic features such as rivers. Many boundaries following these improvements now follow more closely the natural boundaries like rivers and mountains.

In certain areas boundary lines have been changed to reflect political changes or disputes. The border between Ethiopia and Somalia changed from solid yellow, which means “international”, to a dashed red that means “disputed”. This is due to the two countries ongoing dispute in the Ogaden area.

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  • Hersi

    In Somalia cities like Mogadishu, Burco, Hargeisa, Bosaso, Garowe needs to be update because some of the the imagery dates is very old.

  • Ahmed Abdi

    Ogaden is not a boundary issue ogaden is an accupied terrority and it is begger than that plz correct your errors first and foremost.

  • Ali

    There is no any ongoing dispute between Ethiopia and Somalia…there is only some fighting between Ethiopian Government forces and ONLF, the rebel group of Ethiopian Somalis..and it has nothing to do with the boundary…the group's demand are related to political and economic freedoms to Ethiopian Somalis. You have to be certain about what you do before you make such big changes.

    You can consult ONLF sources, they have no question or demand regarding boundary. So, I think you should correct such an error…


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