Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Google Earth 5

Google Earth (GE) 5 has added a some cool features, including ocean bathymetry, graphic simulation of ocean waves and surface flyunders (turn on the Terrain layer), links to ocean information resources like marine parks and dive spots (turn on the new Ocean Layer), the ability to add GPS waypoints (under the Tools menu), and the ability to view historical as well as current imagery for an area where these exist in GE's archive (under the View menu). So go on, go somewhere you've never gone before - visit the deepest point in the Caribbean Sea.

With its ability to deliver information to masses of people, albeit on the Net, these new features make GE a serious visualisation tool for GISers. With the ability to add GPS waypoints now offered to all users, GE Plus seems suddenly redundant.

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