In honor of World Oceans Day, Google with Columbia University added more ocean seafloor terrain to Google Earth. "With the addition of Columbia's Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) synthesis data, you can explore half the ocean area that has ever been mapped, an area larger than North America," revealed Google.
To get started, dive under the ocean surface by clicking any ocean in Earth and explore underwater volcanoes, trenches and sea mountain peaks. You can also download this Seafloor Updates kmz file to take a tour of the new high-resolution data.
"2011 Seafloor Tour video highlights some of the amazing places you'll find in Earth, like the Mendocino Ridge, where the massive Juan de Fuca Plate slides toward western North America."
"Continue exploring with Deep Sea Vents Ridge 2000 Google Earth tour, which includes the deepest volcanic eruption ever captured on video at the West Mata volcano, near Fiji. Twenty additional ocean education posts from Ridge 2000 can be found in the Explore the Ocean layer in Earth; download this kmz to see them all," Google stated.
"Complete your tour, by checking out recently published University of Hawaii at Manoa's 50-meter seafloor synthesis for the US Hawaiian islands and California State University Monterey Bay's new data for Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones off the west coast of California."
[Source: Lat Long blog]