Explore the Sea Floor on Google Street View for World Oceans Day

posted: 06/08/15
by: Danny Clemens
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In honor of World Oceans Day, Google has expanded its popular Street View service to an exciting new location: the ocean floor.

Working in conjunction with XL Caitlin Seaview Survey, NOAA and Chagos Conservation Trust, Google scoured more than 40 different locations across the globe, from Indonesia to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, capturing stunning images of the captivating wildlife that populates the world's oceans.

"Mapping the ocean is key to preserving it. Each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time. This comprehensive record of coral reefs showcases the beauty of these ecosystems and highlights the threats they face, such as the impact of increasing storms in the Great Barrier Reef and of rising water temperatures, factors causing the reefs to bleach white," wrote Jenifer Austin and Brian Sullivan of the Google Ocean Program in a blog post.

Click here to explore the ocean floor on Street View

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