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Google Earth adds Oceans - Go Explore!

February 03 2009 |
by Mark Rauscher

The newest version of Google Earth, now available for download, has made a huge jump forward for ocean education and exploration by adding a multitude of fun, interesting and amazing data layers. The Earth is 70% covered with water, and with the addition of seafloor bathymetry in 3D you can now travel below the surface of the seas to see wondrous mountain ranges and canyons, much larger than anything on land.

Through collaborations with Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, the National Geographic Society, and many ocean researchers around the globe you can see photos and videos of amazing animals, shipwrecks, dive sites, natural structures and even surf spots.

Surfrider's CEO was at the unveiling recently, visit his blog to read all about that experience.

Here are a couple interesting videos provided by the folks at Google Earth to get you started

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ATw1f_qcEg
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOG-iAiDiko
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