FIRST LOOK: Google Ocean in Pictures

FIRST LOOK: Google Ocean in Pictures
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February 2, 2009--A layer of the new ocean-centric upgrade to Google Earth shows a toxic nudibranch in its habitat of Lembah, Indonesia.

Ocean in Google Earth, which launched February 2, will build on the popular 3-D mapping tool Google Earth by allowing users to navigate underwater in unprecedented clarity. (Read the full story.)

New "layers" in the satellite-based software include topographic maps of the seafloor, locations of shipwrecks and algal blooms, and even maps of tiny phytoplankton that provide the bulk of the ocean's food chain.

(Watch Google Earth ocean preview.)
—Image courtesy Ocean in Google Earth
 
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