Have you messed around with Google Earth 5 yet? No doubt you heard about the latest release and hopefully you heard the big splash today about the addition of the Ocean layers in Google Earth. For those of you interested in exploring beneath the sea surface (like me) you’ll have a blast swimming around the latest release. All you need to do is have a look at the vast number of partners that have contributed data to the Ocean layers – see here – partners include National Geographic, BBC, Ocean Sports, NOAA and many others.
To test the waters (sorry for the pun!) I jumped in and headed on over near Vancouver Island, an area I’m familiar with and know first hand that there’s likely a wealth of interesting data in the Ocean layer. So, using Google Earth 5 I elect to fly over to Vancouver Island, Canada and quickly notice loads of interesting, new icons available for exploring. Wannadive.net is providing updates on great places to dive – like Ogden Point in downtown Victoria -a famous local hang out for divers and enthusiasts alike. I notice that the Victoria Harbor is designated as a MArine Protected Area. I also see information on Northern Abalone provided by Arkive – descriptions, images and more are provided. Too bad I’m not into surfer because Wanna surf is providing me with leads to great local surf spots like Jordan River in Sooke… I could go on and on so dive in and have a look around – maybe take the kids along as well! Well done Google and partners… I’m truly impressed! see more here