What datum (reference ellipsoid) does Google Earth[1] use?

I can't seem to find where Google Earth tells explicitly what datum they use. I need some sort of valid link.

[1] The default free version that you download from Google.

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According to Does Google Earth use WGS84 (G1762)?:

Google Earth itself doesnt do any projection or anything, but by convention all the data (imagry, KML etc) 'imported' into Google Earth uses WGS84.


The heights on google earth refer to EGM96 and are, therefore, Geoidal heights. The lat/long are referred to the WGS 84 ellipsoid.


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