Google’s Oceans

This has been in the works for some time now but there’s a real fascinating insight into the new Google Earth add-on at the NY Times’ Dot Earth Blog . Google’s main interest in the program is to make progress in creating a true “Geoweb,” an intricate and interactive digital simulation of the real globe. Oceans will enable users to glide under and over seas, see and read various clips on a host of marine topics, and learn about a plethora of marine life and changes over time.

I am torn with both excitement and pessimism of the whole thing. Although I have hope that media and technology can play some sort of a catalyst for people to connect with nature, ultimately I think there is a growing disconnect with humanity’s deeper connection, appreciation, and understanding of it.

It all comes down to how Google advances the program. If they can build awareness (and a growing/evolving database) on critical issues and marine hot spots, then it will become a powerful tool for both marine scientists and the public alike. Public awareness is of course one of the most crucial issues when discussing the ocean for all of its unknown and alien elements. Hopefully, Oceans will enable people to bring those elements at least one step closer to life for them.

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~ by the reckoner on February 3, 2009.

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