Google Earth Adds 'Depth,' Tackling World's Oceans
Underwater volcanoes, shipwrecks now available to program's users
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2009 3:51 PM CST
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(Newser) – Google has added a new feature to its Google Earth software, which now enables users to explore the world’s oceans and access information from scientists and explorers, AFP reports. “Google Earth is equipping itself with a new dimension: depth,” an engineer said. Surfers can “dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain, and browse ocean-related content contributed by marine scientists,” Google noted.

The company said oceans were an obvious next step, as they are still something of a mystery. “Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet’s surface, but only a little bit has been explored,” an executive said. In addition to serving as a nexus for research, the “Ocean in Google Earth” feature will enable users to track marine animals and access information on “hot spots” around the globe.