Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Google Ocean



Google has just pulled back the veil of mystery about the ocean bottom. Using the Google Earth model, you can now explore the details of the sea floor, study coastline erosion, and watch old Cousteau clips. This video talks a bit more about it.



New York Times story, link.

7 comments:

Erik Bongers said...

I always am surprised when an American mentiones Cousteau 'on the fly'.
When I watched his documentaries when I was a kid I just wasn't aware he was so famous.

It's the kind of videos I'd hesitate to watch again. Afraid that my nostalgic memory of his 'adventures' would be brought back to realistic proportions.

jeff f said...

speaking of nature, I just read that
that fossil hunters in Colombia have found a fossil of a snake that was as long as a school bus, as wide as an average human in girth and weighed in at about a ton or more. That's one big snake. It ate fish and crocodiles and I guess just about anything it wanted to.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/feb/04/snake-giant-fossil-titanoboa

James Gurney said...

Erik, I know what you mean. I watched a Cousteau program recently and wasn't disappointed by the grandeur and mystery of it, though the technical quality of the film left something to be desired now that we're spoiled by higher production standards.

Jeff, thanks for that news piece on the snake. I'm going to have bad dreams tonight.

senami said...

Oh my GOSH!! My jaw just dropped. Excused me while I go pick it up off the floor.


That is SO coool.


Thank you James!

jeff f said...

I have more info on the snake here is a link to a photo which is in Nature magazine, this creature weighed in at 2500 pounds! A snake of that size could eat a bison.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/04/titanoboa-cerrejonensis-2_n_163943.html


The other interesting thin is that the scientist think that the temperature in this rain forest was about 32 degrees celsius which is several degrees warmer then anyone thought a rain forest could be and survive.

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Michael said...

I'd like to be able to see the wreckage of the HMS Victory:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4445783/HMS-Victory-and-cargo-of-gold-found-in-English-channel.html