Google looking to map the abyss

Google looking to map the abyss

Summary: Google has tackled visualization of Earth, and more recently the sky, by offering up free imagery to the public with Google Earth and Google Maps. The data Google is giving away for free is simply breathtaking -- it's hard to believe we never had access to it as recent as three years ago.

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Google has tackled visualization of Earth, and more recently the sky, by offering up free imagery to the public with Google Earth and Google Maps. The data Google is giving away for free is simply breathtaking -- it's hard to believe we never had access to it as recent as three years ago.

Now, Google has said it will try doing the same thing again by exposing the ocean floor. Even though the amount of imagery available isn't even close to being complete, Google plans to give users access to as much as they can.

Google Ocean will feature a basic layer that shows the depth of the sea floor and will serve as a spatial framework for additional data, sources said, adding that Google plans to try to fill in some areas of the map with high-resolution images for more detail.

Additional data will be displayed as overlying layers that depict phenomena like weather patterns, currents, temperatures, shipwrecks, coral reefs, and algae blooms, much like the National Park Service and NASA provide additional data for Google Earth and Google Sky. -- CNET News

It will be very interesting to see what Google can do with the ocean. Do you think this coming feature will be useful? What do you hope Google does with it?

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  • Giving Google too much credit?

    I was looking at satalite imagery years ago via TerraServer, the USGS maps.

    It was free and online, So how did Google invent this concept?
    GuidingLight
    • Google made it popular.

      He never said Google invented any of it.

      What Google did was make it EASY for everyone on the Internet to use existing data that was previously spread all over the Internet. They are pulling information from a variety of sources and putting it in one convenient location. They are displaying it using an interface even your grandmother can use. In my opinion, they deserve tons of credit for their efforts.

      These days there are a TON of things more deserving of your complaints than a company offering a nicely-designed and convenient data viewing service for free. :)
      BillDem
  • RE: Google looking to map the abyss

    In my opinion, [b]Google[/b] is doing us all a great service by making these services widely available - even if I could wish that updates to maps of non-English-speaking countries like my own were a bit more frequent....

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • RE: Google looking to map the abyss

    I would really like to see Google provide nautical charts for download and GPS use
    pdt0423
  • RE: Google looking to map the abyss

    That already is available...Patented Online Marine Navigation site http://www.navquest.com.
    Would make a good fit for google ocean!
    Newshound2008