Google Earth adds oceans, hits 5.0

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google-earth-oceans.jpgJames Cook. Ferdinand Magellan. Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Hannu. Want to count yourself among their ranks? You could do worse than installing the new version of Google Earth – which features the oceans.

Previously, 70% of the Earth’s surface in Google Earth was just covered with a basic blue blob. It vaguely reflected what was below, but not in any detail, especially when compared to Google’s land coverage. Well, now you can explore the seas in huge detail. You can even go below the surface and view data points – video, photos and text of ocean life and expeditions.

There’s also the addition of historical imagery (you can watch Silicon Valley form from a farming community to its current incarnation over fifty years), touring features, and a 3D map of Mars. Not bad!

If you find anything interesting under the sea, then drop us a line in the comments below. I’d be interested to see what you find.

Google Earth 5.0 (via Official Google Blog)

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Duncan Geere