"Think of it as a browser to fly around the planet and discover things about the earth," said John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Maps.
Partners with Google Earth include the United Nations Environment Program, the Discovery Network, the U.S. National Park Service and the Jane Goodall Institute.
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