Google Earth Explores What’s Under the Sea

February 4th, 2009 at 12:00 am

Ocean View

Google Earth, with its thousands of satellite images and other features, offers users with different views of the Earth’s geography. Users can now check out small scale views of whole countries and cities as well as larger and more defined photos of important landmarks and bird’s eye view images showing even that corner street in your neighborhood.

The satellite images and the information provided by the service made it quite an innovative idea on how people will now look at the world. Now, it’s going to get even better. Google Earth now tries to go underwater.

The latest offering of Google Earth will set its sights on providing people with information concerning the oceans and other bodies of water. This will no longer be limited to just showing the surface view of the oceans that the satellite images will previously allow. The 5.0 version of Google Earth will include what it appropriately termed as Google Ocean which can help provide users with more than just a surface view of the world’s different bodies of water, as what the previous version was limited to.

Google Ocean was created by the popular search engine giant in partnership with various oceanographic experts and organizations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Navy, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Japan Hydrographic Organization, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans.

This collaboration aimed to provide users with more than just a surface view of the oceans but also what goes on underneath. The data provided by this collaboration, which took more than three years and counting, allowed Google to create more dynamic images of the oceans as well as create 3D representations of the sea floor terrain.

Aside from more detailed views of the ocean surface and what’s underneath it, Google Ocean also includes 20 other content layers that contain data and information provided by leading scientists, researchers as well as ocean explorers from all over the world. Google Ocean makes Google Earth 5.0 an even more valuable geo-mapping application, now that it has included the other two thirds of the globe for users to explore.