Google Earth now with marine terrain, features Siargao Island

INTERNET services giant Google Inc. has launched the Google Earth 5.0 with an update called Ocean. The new feature allows users to look at 3D images of the underwater terrain and view the world’s large bodies of water.

Two additional features were also added to Google Earth 5.0. They include the Historical Imagery and Touring. The former is a virtual time travel to areas using archived satellite imagery. The latter is a feature that allows users to experience a voice-over tour of Google Earth.

Users can view photos and videos embedded n Google Earth 5.0. There are also additional materials from about 80 oceanographic organizations and a National Geographic Magazine quiz feature. There are also archival videos from the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

There is also a new Google Earth “GSP tracking” feature, which was initially available on the paid versions of Google Earth.

Incidentally, Google added these features to highlight environmental issues. Google has already invited to the launch of Google Earth 5.0 former vice president and environment advocate Al Gore who spoke of the new Historical Imagery feature, which also shows the drastic environmental changes happening to the planet.

In light of these new Google Earth features, Google CEO Eric Schmidt talked about the biodiversity loss in the world’s oceans and said that the Internet company can help change people’s perception of the environment.

Some Philippine oceanographic landmarks are also highlighted in Google Earth 5.0. Among these are Apo Coral Reef and dive spots in the island resort of Boracay and Siargao.

The Google Earth 5.0 software can be downloaded for free.

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-via Inquirer.net

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