Updated 9:00 04/03/08 Gregor J. Rothfuss of Google.com notes that the Hybrid view is now moved under Satellite view. Click on it to see â€œShow labelsâ€ (the old Hybrid view).
Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog reported that New Contour Lines in Google Maps.
Google has announced a new feature to the terrain relief maps they added last November to Google Maps. Now when you zoom in closer, the terrain shows contour lines to give you an even better feel for the lay of the land. These types of maps are the type most hikers use to plan their trips. Unfortunately, the degree of resolution at this point is not quite good enough for hiking, and the trails aren’t shown by default in Google Maps. But, the enhancement is a really nice feature that enhances the understanding of the terrain and it looks excellent.
Martin has noticed below that the hybrid view has gone missing with this upgrade.
Here is a Google Map showing contour lines in the area where my house is located: