Google Earth 5.0 Goes Deep Sea
Dive below sea level with Google Ocean...
The new version of Google Earth 5.0, allows users to dive into the deep seas and browse the ocean like never before.
In much the same way as is done in Google Earth, users can see underwater topography, called bathymetry; swim around underwater volcanoes; hover above shipwrecks; and navigate through miles of digital environment by zooming and panning.
The update also includes videos and photographs of thousands of marine species, and lets virtual divers follow whales and sharks tagged with satellite tracking devices.
Currently most of the sea bed is still shown in relatively low resolution. But some areas – such as the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii are already highly detailed.
Another new feature, Historical Imagery, provides the ability to view decades of satellite images and watch the spread of suburbia, erosion of coasts, melting of glaciers, even the construction of Germany’s football stadia in the run up to the 2006 World Cup
The undersea 3D world was created with help from more than 25 leading marine scientists.
Sylvia Earle On Google Earth
National Geographic Society oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle said:
“I cannot imagine a more effective way to inspire awareness and caring for the blue heart of the planet…
“For the first time, everyone from curious kids to serious researchers can see the world, the whole world, with new eyes…
“In a stroke, Google Earth brings life and character to the blue part of the planet, and makes obvious the many ways land, water, atmosphere and living systems connect.”
Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough said the site’s wildlife films contained ‘some of the rarest and most amazing creatures you will ever see.
“It is surely an extraordinary privilege not only to be able to see the great jungles and deserts of the world in Google Earth, but also now, thanks to the Ocean project to be able to explore the bottom of the sea, ” he said.
Prof Ed Hill, director of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton added:
“Understanding the oceans’ role in climate change is the biggest challenge facing us in the coming years…
“We need to reach out to everyone to add to our global understanding of a world that is remote and largely undiscovered.”
Since it’s launch in June 2005, Google Earth has been downloaded more than 500 million times. The new version, 5.0, is now available as a free download from Google’s Google Earth site.
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