This week, the groundbreaking mapping software Google Earth has been updated with features which now describe the other 71% of the planet’s surface area. The update is being dubbed Google Ocean and it includes much more detailed bathymetry, geotags of popular production by NatGeo and the BBC as well as a host of other location based info-markers. We were able to take a dive into the Marianas Trench and other subsurface features but the level of detail you’ll find is likely to be highly variable due to the patchwork availability of subsurface features. The avid diver will especially appreciate all the popular dive site markers, we are wish listing them now. Hopefully we can look forward to some intrepid coder merging G-Ocean with a Photosynth of the great barrier reef for real time reef exploration. We won’t hold our breath.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.