We take a look at Google Showcase - a new range of multimedia tours in Google Earth that feature some of hottest surf and dive spots, important shipwrecks, large underwater mountains and vast canyon systems running along the seafloor.
While you won't find the Lost City of Atlantis on these tours, but you will see some of the Earth's hottest surf and dive spots, historically important shipwrecks, large underwater mountains and vast canyon systems running along the seafloor.
Ocean Showcase incorporates more than 1,000 images and video from a variety of sites and scientific organizations including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), National Geographic, WannaSurf.com and many others.
You can download the tours and watch them in the desktop version of Google Earth desktop or just use the Google Earth browser plug-in. The following pages give you just a taste of what's in store for you with Ocean Showcase.
Cousin's Rock: explore the ocean
One of the first stops on the this introductory tour to the ocean hosted by National Geographic ocean explorer Syliva Earle is Cousin's Rock near James (Santiago) Island in the Galapagos Islands.
This part of the ocean is fertile waters for all kinds of life including eagle rays, sea turtles and abundant schools of fish.
Ano Nuevo: underwater terrain
Just off the coast of San Francisco Bay are a series of treacherous ridges that elephant seals have to pass through before reaching their mating grounds at the Ano Nuevo State Park.
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