1: Viewing the map
Here we can see a plain map in Google Earth. If you look in the bottom left-hand box
, however, you will see the Layers options. They include Borders and Labels. By default all of these
are turned on, but we have turned them all off for illustrative purposes.
2: International borders
Click the international borders layer and you’ll see their current political state. A solid yellow boundary is not disputed by neighbouring countries. A solid red one shows a disputed boundary that may even involve hostilities. A solid orange one shows a treaty or provisional boundary.
3: Add country names
The layer for Country Names includes the names of countries on a map. You can continue to add more layers for coastlines, first-level admin borders, first-level admin names and secondlevel admin regions. Simply click on the respective boxes for each of these under Layers.
4: Populated places
There is another layer called Labels that shows you the names of populated places (for example, here we can see Tel Aviv). You can also view islands, geographical features and bodies of water. The layers mean you can strip maps of items you don’t want and include those that you do.