NOV 03, 2016 04:33 PM PDT

Exploring the oceans with Google Earth

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Just like you can check out almost any part of the world with Google Earth's Street View tool, now the oceans are up for exploring too! By going to maps.google.com/ocean you can explore the various reefs where Google has already pilot programs showing 360 degree footage of marine flora and fauna.

By using a special underwater camera that takes panoramic pictures every 4 seconds, Google has stitched together enough photos to make it seem like you are actually experiencing a dive. The hope with this project, other than allow normal land-bearing people to go virtual scuba diving, is to create a baseline of coral reefs so that scientists can measure change as climate change continues to affect reefs worldwide.

So far the reefs up for digital diving are: the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and Hawaii! Check it out!
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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