Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Google Earth, Google Ocean: mysteries of the seafloor are mapped for the first time

Since Google Earth launched in 2006 ­millions of people have used its virtual globe to "travel" around the planet without leaving home, climbing a digital version of Mount Everest and even flying into space thanks to the program.

Now the internet company plans to take on one of the last bastions of the unknown: the depths of the ocean.


At a high-profile event in San Francisco, Google is expected to announce the addition of vast amounts of underwater imagery and seabed maps to the Google Earth project.


The move will take Google Earth closer to its aim of creating a complete digital representation of the planet.
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SOURCE:
guardian.co.uk