Sea-Floor Sunday #39: Improved bathymetry data in Google Earth!
A reader* tipped me to the release of higher-resolution bathymetry coverage now in Google Earth.
This is pretty cool … although you can’t explore in 3D like on land just yet, this is a great step forward towards the Google Earth I dream about. Check out this post on the Google Earth Blog and below are some snapshots of the new data.
The resolution is certainly higher than the previous data but still not quite as good as what you can find with other tools (e.g., GeoMapApp). But what it lacks in resolution it makes up for in beauty. The rendering of the complex texture of the sea floor at large scales (10s-100s of km) is gorgeous. Check it out.
One of the image sources listed at the bottom of the images is GEBCO, which I’ve blogged about before.
My guess is that they’ll start adding high-resolution bathy surveys over time resulting in a similar patchwork that we now see for the onshore areas. There are ways to do this now by doing overlays, but it’ll be nice if it is as seamless as possible.
* none other than the guy with his finger on the pulse of web-based and photographic technology available to geologists
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