By changing a few numbers in the Google Maps URL, you can unlock a super close zoom option! Only a few areas have been mapped for super close zoom, but in those areas you can identify the little people, see animals, etc. Many of the super close maps are from a National Geographic photo mapping expedition, while others are super close zooms of large cities. I guess this is an interesting preview of our Big Brother future…
In order to unlock the super close zoom, you need to do the following:
1. Using the satelite view, find a location that might be mapped with a lot of detail.
2. Zoom in all the way
3. Click â€œlink to this pageâ€, which is at the top right
4. Replace the number after the â€œzâ€ parameter in the URL. The higher the number, the closer the zoom. Most of the super close zoom areas are mapped between 20 and 23.
Here are a couple different examples:
- A Beach
- A Pool in Las Vegas
- The Luxor, Las Vegas
- A Dolphin in Las Vegas
- A Market in Africa
- A Seal Colony + LOTS of Animal Maps
- Foo Camp in California
- A Missile Mid Flight