Planet Gore

Al Gore Gets All Wet

Google Earth has a new feature where users can look at 3D maps of the oceans and Al Gore was there for its unveiling:

In unveiling Google Earth 5.0, Google now surveys the oceans along with the land. As Earle showed off during the press conference, you can go from a seagull flying over the sea, to a dolphin underneath it. Google is now mapping the contours of the sea floor. It also includes data points with information about sea life and the sea itself, just as Google Earth previously had data about the rest of the world.

But that’s not all Google in unveiling in its new version of Google Earth. Also included are features called Historical Imagery, Touring, Google Mars 3D and GPS Tracking.

Historical Imagery is a way to view Google Earth imagery in different times. Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand to explain how the feature can show the actual melting of the polar ice caps and glaciers. Users can control this time view with a slider in Google Earth that moves you back and forth in time.

And if you’re lucky, you just might spy a drowning polar bear or two.

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