09 Jun '11, 3pm

New Google Earth offers detailed view of seafloor

09 Jun 2011: Detailed View of Seafloor Depicted in New Google Earth Maps New Google Earth maps enable the public and scientists to observe sections of the ocean floor — often mapped less finely than the Moon or Mars — with a resolution ten times greater than previous ocean floor mapping projects. Developed by oceanographers at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the new three-dimensional maps piece together high-resolution seafloor images taken during hundreds of research cruises covering roughly 3 million miles. The maps, which cover roughly 5 percent of the ocean floor, provide detail in 100-meter grids, compared to previous maps with 1-kilometer grids. The maps offer detailed views of such prominent underwater features as the Hudson Canyon off New York City and the 10,000-foot Mendocino Ridge off the West Coast of the U.S. The maps also have important scientifi...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/detailed_view_of_seafloor_dep...

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