Google Ea…World

February 3, 2009 at 11:05 am | Posted in Nature, Science, Software, Technology | Leave a comment

A few months ago, I wrote about the idea of earth’s “Second Atmosphere“, the ocean. How 70% of our “Earth” is covered in water, the home to 80% of our planets life. From space, we are a blue planet, not a brown planet.

Google Earth, global mapping software, has stepped up to the plate. Rather than just mapping the earth, the latest upgrade adds the rest of the world, the vast landscapes of the underwater world.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7865407.stm

As the article notes, less than 5% of the underwater world has been explored, so don’t expect the level of detail you may be used to on land. But much has been mapped in 3D.

“For the first time, everyone from curious kids to serious researchers can see the world, the whole world, with new eyes…”
Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and National Geographic Society’s explorer in residence

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