Posted on April 27 2008
Back in November, Google rather quietly implemented a “Terrain” display on Google Maps. Why is this so cool? Because if you were used to getting your topo maps online via subscription — or if you are dedicated blueliner — your “print screen” button now gives you access to a reasonably detailed version of a topo map (not to mention a satellite view) of your next “secret spot.” If you want more detail, you still might opt to use a service like that provided by MyTopo.com, which offers an online version of a traditional topo map. But between Google’s satellite and terrain versions, you may be perfectly happy with the free information that is now at your fingertips.