Google has recently made updates to Google Maps to make it more visually appealing and human understandable. The latest updates include – terrain and color gradations to show forests and dense vegetation, labels for natural land formations.
Karl Johann Schmidt, Google Maps Software Engineer in Official Google Maps Blog posted :
This enriched visual data allows you to quickly and easily see where the great forests, deserts, and mountain ranges around the world begin and end. It also conveys how natural land formations can impact where, how and why man-made developments like urban cities, dams and bridges are made.
The terrain and color details shown will vary on the location and zoom level. On testing we found that there has been no significant delay in loading after the update.