Download Earth Explorer
Earth Explorer is a wonderful software offering you a beautiful view of the whole of our planet. It features a realistic virtual 3D globe with over 265 countries, over 15000 islands, earthquakes from year 1980 and more of political and geographical boundaries, rivers, lakes, etc. all of them right on your desktop. You can change the settings for the map and the globe and find the distance between any two specified places on the globe.
One can even save the map images in JPG or BMP formats. The rotate and zoom functions enable you to have different views of the Earth from any point.