Google Earth 5.0 lets you dive into the ocean

By on February 2, 2009, 3:07 PM
Google has just released a new version of Google Earth that will let users virtually dive beneath the water surface and explore the depths of the world’s oceans. The new feature, rolled out at a news conference today, includes 20 content layers with relevant information from the world's leading scientists, researchers, and ocean explorers.

Users can watch videos from the archives of Jacques Cousteau, explore everything from sea creatures to underwater volcanoes and shipwrecks and even get advice on the best water sports. There are also updates on the terrestrial side, including narrated tours and a historical imagery feature that allows users to go back and look at a particular area, like the Grand Canyon, over time. You can download the Google Earth 5.0 beta here or check a video tour after the jump.

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gobbybobby said:
This another big step forward for google earth, maybe soon we will be able to zoom in on earth live!
DarkCobra said:
This has to be without a doubt the most fascinating (and useful) piece of software to ever be released . . . and the PRICE is right! It's a tremendous educational tool, a valuable tool for those wanting to travel and set up points-of-interest ahead of time and just an all around fun tool to explore our world (and now ocean) with incredible detail never before achievable. Thanks Google!
Naelathe said:
Another big step for google but with further step google might take in the future concerning myself about google earth how far will it go into peoples privacy will it one day see people? and if so what about terrorists marking places or even rapists, child kidnapping? or just people who just mean you harm what are the aims with this? as it is now it's awesome and i love it how far will it go...
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