Travel back in time to see historical imagery, dive below the surface of the ocean and record a tour of your journeys…
Today Google Inc. announced the launch of Google Earth 5.0 which includes a new feature: Ocean in Google Earth which combines sea floor terrain and expert content to provide users with an opportunity to explore some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the world.
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google said:
“In discussions about climate change, the world’s oceans are often overlooked despite being an integral part of the issue. About one-third of the carbon dioxide that we emit into the atmosphere ends up in the oceans. Furthermore, biodiversity loss in our oceans in the next 20-30 years will be roughly equivalent to losing an entire Amazon rainforest, but this goes unnoticed because we can’t see it. This is why today’s launch of Google Earth 5.0 is so important – it gives us an opportunity to change everyone’s perspective.”
Al Gore also made a speech at the launch event in San Francisco:
“With this latest version of Google Earth you can not only zoom into whatever part of our planet’s surface you wish to examine in closer detail, you can now dive into the world’s oceans that cover almost three-quarters of the planet and discover new wonders that had not been accessible in previous versions of this magical experience. (…) Moreover, with the new historical imagery feature, you can look back in time and see for yourself the unprecedented pace of change taking place on the Earth — largely because of human influences. For example, you can watch the melting of the largest glacier in Glacier National Park—the Grinnell Glacier—image by image, for the last decade.”