Googling the world’s oceans

It’s time to take a deep look at the world’s oceans, from Straightgoods:

Google is adding the world’s oceans to its extensive Earth mapping. In a phone conversation with David Suzuki Foundation staff, John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Maps, admitted, “We had really overlooked two thirds of the planet.” Partly because of prodding from oceanographer Sylvia Earle, the company has embarked on a massive project as part of Google Earth 5.0 to map the oceans using sonar imaging, high-resolution and 3-D photography, video and a variety of other techniques and content.

As some of you might have noticed in this week’s iPod climate science posting, there were a few segments on the same topic as the above Straightgoods article. Google Earth, one of the greatest pieces of software I’ve ever installed on my computer, now has plenty of content in the other 70% of the earth’s surface.

I have upgraded now and turned on the layer, so I’m sure the next time I pop on for whatever reason, I will be able to lose even more time!

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