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Google Ocean

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Google Earth has been a huge success since its release in 2005. Following on from this project, Google has begun mapping the Earth’s Oceans. If you think that staring at endless blue patches of ocean is a pointless exercise, you are missing the point. In fact, Google Ocean will allow users to zoom below the surface to view seabeds and other detailed information.

Google Ocean has some environmental uses as it will provide an easy method to view and study the condition of the oceans’ floors. Furthermore, it is highly likely to raise public interest in ecological problems, in much the same way that Google Earth resulted in a huge increase in interest in satellite imaging technology.

The latest version of Google Earth also includes a time-line feature that gives users the option to view older images of a location. Users will be able to use this to see a wealth of information such as viewing the melting of ice caps, deforestation or greater industrialisation of cities.

There is no doubt that Google Ocean will be a very useful tool. However, over 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean and mapping this in detail will be an epic task. More information about Google Ocean can be found at cnet.com.