Is the entire ocean visible on Google Earth, i.e. if i wanted to use my mouse to “travel” from NYC to London would I actually see the entire span of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the two cities or, for practical reasons, does Google omit long stretches of ocean since (I AssUMe) there’s probably not much interest in viewing it in its entirety?
Google earth includes seafloor terrain data, but this video claims that “50 percent” of the ocean is mapped. I can’t see a date on the video, maybe more has been done since then.
Even if their data didn’t include seafloor terrain, it would be misleading to eliminate it. Also, assuming that it is uninteresting to all users is probably a bad assumption. You need to be able to find islands, including tiny isolated ones like Tristan De Cunha. And remember that Google Earth supports specialized layers to be shown on top of the data. Somebody might want to have a “marine charts” layer that would make the stretches of water very interesting to users of that layer.
Well, as I alluded to in my OP, it’s probably not just coincidence that you can’t spell “assume” without “ass.”
i think they have satellite level data for the ocean, but not aerial-photo level
And don’t ask about street views!
Wouldn’t omitting ocean change the circumference of the planet? What would they put in its place, whitespace?
Now, maybe certain areas of the ocean don’t have the same level of detail as coastal areas, but deleting ocean altogether would… break the world, wouldn’t it?
Fair enough. In light of Yabob’s response it was probably kind of a stupid question on my part. However, until today, I always regarded Google Earth as something that existed mainly for the benefit of real estate agents and stalkers, thus I would have considered any time, energy, or other resources spent on the ocean to be a waste.
I’ve seen it used for visualizations of a lot of things, especially concerning the natural world. The Santa Cruz ocean museum uses it to demonstrate something (forgot what), the California Academy of Sciences uses it in some of their earthquake presentations, there are non-profits that map redwoods and birds with it, etc. It’s a useful base layer of free satellite imagery upon which people can add their own data layers. There is historical scientific imagery available, for example, depicting everything from deforestation to coastal area changes. Some US government agencies also release Google Earth-compatible datasets. There was also a project tracking and visualizing (as an oceanic example) cross-continental debris from the Fukushima explosion.
Google Earth is a general-purpose, lightweight alternative to full-fledged GIS software, and Google sells a Pro license to organizations that want to use its more advanced features. I would hope they would at least get the basic sizes of the oceans done correctly. And before Google bought the program, it was developed by a company called Keyhole who marketed it primarily to professionals. It wasn’t until the buyout that a free consumer version was made available.
ITS FAKE !. What would the point of showing people 1000’s of km’s of ocean waves and wind ripples ?
Most of the ocean is shown as a computer generated model representing the terrain of the floor, to a very rough scale. There are tracks which are where more accurate sonar soundings are added into the estimates produced by measuring the ocean surface, then estimating the gravity that causes that and then estimating the ocean floor that causes the gravitational differences!.
In some parts the ocean floor is just a flat model , just a basic filler to avoid it being a black hole.
They’re going to equip some gulls with Google Glasses!
This is a bit of an odd question, as it can be answered just by looking at Google Maps/Earth.
You can see clearly that the real photograph ends just offshore, and fades into a plain blue shaded relief map of the sea bed.
Where there are islands, you get little patches of real imagery in the blue.
From this articlein New Scientist:
So the visual and satellite mapping covers the ground terrain and islands, and quickly gets blended at the edges to the ocean floor mapping that is done with sonar. You can see the blending and smearing at different resolutions when zooming around continental and island edges. You can also see edge lines from different map segments of visible images. The ocean floor mapping is presented as a computer generated image from the terrain data, the various blue shades to indicate depth.
Even more detailon the kinds of sonar mappers available.