Google updates Google Earth; brings out Google Ocean
You will now be able to view deep undersea and get information about ocean bottoms using the Google Earth. Yes, on Monday at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco, Google revealed Google Earth’s new feature, which will let you view the images & videos of undersea flora & fauna, under ocean maps, and shipwreck models lying at ocean bottoms.
Google Ocean, the new feature, part of updated version Google Earth 5.0, can give you fantastic undersea views around the earth, from the Arctic to Antarctic, from Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean. With the new feature, you can enjoy wonderful views of under water canyons as deep as the Mariana Trench (36,201 feet) and can enjoy watching the aquatic life. You can watch Jack Cousteau divers and the ways of migrating sharks in Asia.
Well, Google Ocean aims to educate people about oceanic flora and fauna and about the climatic changes and pollution affecting the aquatic life. Google took 3 years to develop Google Ocean, and its partners, in Google Ocean, include the National Geographic Society, the Scripps Oceanographic Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Navy, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Japan Hydrographic Organization, the BBC, the Cousteau Society, the Marine Conservation Society, and General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans.
Commenting on the new feature Google Ocean, the former head scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Sylvia Earle, who once jokingly said that Google Earth should be named "Google Dirt," as it doesn’t cover two-thirds of the surface of the blue planet, said that Google now offers "a fantastic new rendition of the earth."
What is more, the updated Google Earth is not just confined to the Earth, but it will now offer close-up view of Mars. It will also provide you the aerial views.
Eric Schmidt, CEO said, "In discussions about climate change, the world's oceans are often overlooked despite being an integral part of the issue. Biodiversity loss in our oceans in the next 20 to 30 years will be roughly equivalent to losing an entire Amazon rain forest, but this goes unnoticed because we can't see it. This is why the launch of Google Earth 5.0 is so important—it gives us an opportunity to change everyone's perspective."
Al Gore, the former Vice President, who demonstrated the feature, said, "My hope is that people around the world will use Google Earth to see for themselves the reality because of the climate crisis.”
Commenting on educational significance of the Google Earth’s new feature, the principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, Greg Sterling said, "It also enables Earth to become a better teaching tool to students and users generally about the importance and role of the oceans in the planetary ecosystem. It's great that Google sought to include Ocean in Earth and to bring all these content partners together. It will help build awareness about climate change and its impact on the ocean. In addition, it's just a fun and interesting tool.”
Speaking on the business important of the new feature, an IDC analyst, Caroline Dangson said, "Oceans in Google Earth is a new attraction to lure more consumers to download the Google Earth desktop application, which conveniently includes Google's Chrome Web browser. The business goal here is for Google to keep gaining market share. For example, many of the ocean sites link back to YouTube videos.”