Find elevation data on the earth for given locations

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Find elevation data on the earth for given locations

This elevation web service tool provides you a simple interface to query locations on the earth for elevation data. Additionally, you may request sampled elevation data along paths, allowing you to calculate elevation changes along routes.

The Elevation service provides elevation data for all locations on the surface of the earth, including depth locations on the ocean floor (which return negative values). In those cases where Google does not possess exact elevation measurements at the precise location you request, the service will interpolate and return an averaged value using the four nearest locations.

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Elevation Map

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Elevation Chart

Move mouse over the chart to see the interactive pointer on the map, click to view the elevation information and add elevation information to table.

Selected Elevation Data

Elevation results containing the following elements:

  • A location element (containing latitude and longitude elements) of the position for which elevation data is being computed. Note that for path requests, the set of location elements will contain the sampled points along the path.
  • An elevation element indicating the elevation of the location in meters.
  • A resolution value, indicating the maximum distance between data points from which the elevation was interpolated, in meters. This property will be missing if the resolution is not known. Note that elevation data becomes more coarse (larger resolution values) when multiple points are passed. To obtain the most accurate elevation value for a point, it should be queried independently.


The elevation of a geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point, most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface. Elevation, or geometric height, is mainly used when referring to points on the Earth's surface, while altitude or geopotential height is used for points above the surface, such as an aircraft in flight or a spacecraft in orbit, and depth is used for points below the surface.


In geography, longitude is a geographic coordinate that specifies the east-west position of a point on the Earth's surface. It is an angular measurement, usually expressed in degrees and denoted by the Greek letter lambda. Points with the same longitude lie in lines running from the North Pole to the South Pole.


In geography, latitude is a geographic coordinate that specifies the north-south position of a point on the Earth's surface. Lines of constant latitude, or parallels, run east–west as circles parallel to the equator. Latitude is an angle which ranges from 0° at the Equator to 90° (North or South) at the poles.

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