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Google has added a "terrain" feature to its Google Maps service, giving a nice bit of light relief to its hitherto decidedly flat cartographical offering:

San Bruno Mountain State Park, San Francisco, as seen on Google Maps terrain layer

While there's a limit to how close you can zoom in, users can at least get some idea of the lie of the land. The terrain view update follows Google Maps' deployment back in May of Street View, which debuted to much excitement on Google Earth. Try this view of Vulture Central's San Francisco Bureau headquarters. ®

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