Google announced today the launch of Ocean in Google Earth, new features that enables users to browse the depth of the ocean. The underwater terrain can be browsed in 3D. It also contains contents contributed by different organizations specializing in ocean science and advocacy.
Users can dive into the ocean, travel back in time and visit Mars in the newest version of Google Earth
Here are a few screen caps of the new Google Earth 5.0:
Here’s an excerpt of Google’s press release:
Ocean in Google Earth combines underwater terrain and expert content to provide users with an opportunity to explore some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the world. Now the Philippines’ very own underwater attractions come alive via videos, images, and informative articles in Google Ocean. Filipino users can not only see vivid images of Apo Reef, the world’s second largest contiguous coral reef and the largest in the Philippines, but can also witness the archipelago’s full biodiversity with exciting visuals of sea animals in action, like a paragliding crab or rare deepwater snail that lives on a dog skull. Users in foreign countries can experience the Philippines’ beauty first-hand through Google Ocean, for example by exploring famous dive spots like Siargao’s Cloud Nine and Boracay’s Bulabog Lagoon, seeing videos about the exotic marine life of the region, reading about nearby shipwrecks like the USS Gambier Bay, and contributing photos and videos of favorite surf spots.
The announcement of this latest technology from Google was made at the California Academy of Sciences in California.
Also launched today are the following new features:
- Touring. Users can now create narrated tours within Google Earth by simply pressing the “record” button.
- Mars 3D. This is the latest addition in Google’s virtual tour of the galaxy. Users can now explore Mars with high resolution images and 3D terrain.
- GPS Tracking. Exclusively available to Google Earth Pro before, this future is now being offered to all users. You can now use your GPS device for tracking.