Google Ocean May Be Ready At Last

    January 25, 2009

For fans of certain science fiction television shows, space has long been the final frontier.  But for a particular search giant, Google Sky covered that, and it’s instead the task of representing the ocean that has been something of a challenge.  Google may soon address the issue with the help of some fairly important people. 

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A Google Earth event of some sort is supposed to be held at the California Academy of Sciences on Monday, February 2nd.  This institution contains an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a miniature rainforest, and Eric Schmidt and Marissa Mayer are supposed to show.

What’s more, Al Gore is scheduled to speak.  So this isn’t likely to be a casual let’s-chat, eat-cookies, and-then-go-home type of get-together.

Toss in Sylvia Earle, who served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, and is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and Stephen Shankland asks, "Perhaps this will be the announcement of Google’s work to add 3D ocean maps to Google Earth?"

Or, since February 2nd happens to be the birthday of Brent Spiner, maybe we’ll get both that and some sort of Enterprise simulator.  Hey, you never know.