Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Google earth goes underwater....

I thought I'd seen it all on the internet until I installed Google Earth when I read that you could explore underwater as well as the entire landmass of the planet. I was impressed. I could even see my house (which is not underwater fortunately).

Dive in! You will need to download an install Google Earth.

Google Earth allows web users to explore world's oceans in 3D

The Ocean tool combines renderings of underwater terrain with expert content from marine biologists and oceanographers, allowing web surfers to swim around virtual underwater volcanoes, watch videos about exotic marine life, read about nearby shipwrecks, and contribute photos and videos of their favourite diving spots.

Google said that humans had only ever explored around five per cent of the world's oceans, which cover more than 70 per cent of the earth's surface and contain 80 per cent of all life.

Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said the launch of Ocean in Google Earth provided an opportunity to change people's perspective about the importance of the oceanic ecosystem in the overall health of the planet.

"In discussions about climate change, the world's oceans are often overlooked, despite being an integral part of the issue," he said. "Biodiversity loss in our oceans in the next 20 to 30 years will be roughly equivalent to losing an entire Amazon rainforest, but this goes unnoticed because we can't see it."...

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