Google Ocean Coming Soon?

Friday, 23 January 2009
Google OceanCNET is reporting today that Google has booked Enviro Guy, Al Gore to speak at a Google Earth event next month.

It's going to take place at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco's newly rebuilt aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum.

This has lead to rumours swirling that Google will finally unveil their long awaited Google Ocean which will add 3D ocean maps to Google Earth.

According to the Wikipedia page already up for the program, "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.

If this is true, I'm pretty excited about it. It will be interesting to compare the size of the massive mountains sitting under the waters surface. Also, I'm wondering if they are only going to deal with salt water or if they are going to add the feature to some of the larger bodies of water in the world including the Great Lakes or even the worlds deepest, Lake Baikal in Russia.

If they do add Great Lakes mapping, it will be a boon as I will finally be able to search for that fishing lure I lost several years ago at a friends cottage on Lake Huron. Don't fail me now Google Ocean!

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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