Google makes waves with Ocean features in Google Earth

People using Google Earth are in for a world of treats with the internet giant announcing that it has introduced a detailed layer of the world’s oceans.

Although Ocean in Google Earth is not new – it was launched last year to give users 3D maps of oceans as well as photos and videos – Google has been working carefully with scientists to make the information layer part of the default set of annotations seen by all Earth users.

John Hanke, vice president of product management at Google Geo, said in a blog: “We worked with more than 100 partners to begin to fill in the “blue” part of the planet, adding hundreds of placemarks in more than 20 ocean layers.

“Since then, we’ve added hundreds of new posts to the Ocean layer with the help of Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Foundation and dozens of committed individuals around the world”.

These include National Geographic, independent videographers and dive enthusiasts. Government organisations such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have also contributed to the project.

As part of the changes Google has also created a narrated tour in the Ocean Showcase to introduce people to eight of the regions proposed for protection. This includes the Eastern Pacific Seascape including the Galapagos Islands, the Gulf of California and the Mesoamerican Reef in the Caribbean including Belize.