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Google Street View Takes You Under the Streets and Deep Into the Sea

Stan Schroeder - Mashable
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June 7, 2015
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Documenting the ocean with underwater Street View (Earth Outreach)

Google Street View is slowly but surely conquering Earth's land surfaces, but the oceans - which cover more than 70% of our planet - are still largely untapped territory.

Last week, Google narrowed the gap a little by adding Street View imagery from more than 40 locations around the world, many of which are underwater.

The imagery was collected in partnership with XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Chagos Conservation Trust. It includes underwater footage from Bali, the Bahamas, the Great Barrier Reef, Aruba, Florida Keys and other locations, plus island imagery from American Samoa, Chagos Islands and Solomon Islands. The timing aligns with World Oceans Day, which is celebrated on June 8.

We can't possibly begin to list every new addition here; each click will lead you into a new corner of the ocean. In our time exploring, we've seen spinner dolphins, humpback whales and giant turtles.

The project, however, is about more than providing a way to virtually swim through the oceans' depths. Google claims the images are GPS-located digital records of these environments and can be used to monitor how they change over time. In one example, you can see how a reef in the American Samoa archipelago has changed over just one year.

Explore underwater at Street View Oceans

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