Google has launched a new update to its Google Earth application which includes 3D trees and even closer integration with its Street View service.

Google Earth 6 also includes an update which informs viewers, visiting a place, when old photographs of that place are available to view.

Earlier versions of Google Earth already showed buildings in 3D, but version 6.0 now adds 3D trees to the landscape.

These roughly approximate the areas where trees appear in real life and the update includes highly detailed models for dozens of different species of trees, reports the Daily Mail.

Google has already ‘planted’ 80 million trees in Athens, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Peter Birch, Google Earth product manager, said: “I think we can all agree that our planet without trees would be a pretty desolate place. Besides the ever-important task of providing us with the oxygen we breathe, trees are an integral part of the landscape around us.”

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