Island 5 Google Maps: Exploring Your World
Scientific Data and Analysis
Learn how to create custom maps using Google Maps. Then, pick a place you find interesting and create your own map to show why it's so special! Plan a trip and travel the globe without even packing your bags.
What is a Map?
People have been making maps for thousands of years. Most of us use maps to show the location of a place and plan or follow a route between places. But what are maps, really?
Maps are a type of model – a representation of an original structure, but on a smaller scale. They use sets of points, lines, and areas to represent a place, a pattern, or a relationship.
What is Google Maps?
Google Maps is an online mapping program developed by Google that allows you to explore the world or your backyard, plan trips, and find places. You can view satellite imagery, street maps, 360-degree panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation.