Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Google isn't just able to drive sales for your business, or give you the answers you are looking for. Google products are actually fun to use!
I remember being blown away when I first saw Google Earth a few years back. It was simply astounding to be able to explore the surface of the earth in 3D, with the flick of a mouse! These days though we take it for granted. I use Google Maps (which is based on the satellite imagery of Google Earth) on a day by day bases with the GPS in my iPhone 3G.
Google has launched what is touted as being one of the most comprehensive 3D maps of the ocean floor in a major upgrade to its free Google Earth program rolled out earlier today.
Using bathymetric data obtained from some of the world's leading marine and oceanographic research institutes, Google has been able to build a realistic terrain map of that part of the Earth's surface covered by its oceans and seas.
Called Ocean in Google Earth, the feature complements the existing 3D maps of the Earth and the heavens housed in Google Earth, a program which allows users to zoom in and out of specific locations on a tapestry of panoramic images that have been woven together.
The core data for this new feature typically comes from sonar soundings which are then rendered into contoured visualisations of what lies beneath.
This will include continental shelves, undersea mountains, volcanoes, trenches, ridges and other hitherto hidden geographical features.
Much of what will come up on the new feature is a fuzzy expanse of featureless terrain this will be augmented with some 20 content layers of much higher resolution imagery, video and general data.
Google says the material will include detailed content about such places as the Great Barrier Reef as well as of dive and surf sites around Australia.
Read more of this article found in the SMH. Google Earth Ocean View