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Marine Conservation Biology Institute
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Google Earth

Earth from space
The world seen from space is largely blue ocean. This image is of the Pacific Ocean. Image: NASA/Google Earth

MCBI is adding sites to Google Earth to highlight the diverse and unique environments beneath the ocean’s surface. We have chosen to highlight unique areas that are deserving of protection, including areas in U.S. waters and on the high seas.

For most people, the ocean is out of sight and out of mind.  This is a reason why marine ecosystems have received far less protection than sites on land; people have trouble understanding their rich diversity and value.

We hope this will allow us to “turn on the lights” in the sea, making what is currently unseen real to the 300 million Google Earth viewers.  The sites we highlight illustrate that the ocean is not uniform, that there are wonders beneath the ocean surface that are as distinctive and diverse as our national parks on land and that there is value in protecting them.

Google recently updated Google Earth to let users dive beneath the surface of the sea to explore the wonders of our oceans. Click here to learn more. MCBI has workd with Google to make this update a success, advising them through the creative process and contributing to the site.

 

Google Earth Files:

 

Google Earth:

 

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Google Earth .kmz files:

Sea to Shining Sea

High Seas Gems

Marine National Monuments

Papahānaumokuākea

Mia Tegner Awards in Historical Marine Ecology

 

Or view them on the web:

Sea to Shining Sea

High Seas Gems

Marine National Monuments

Papahānaumokuākea

Mia Tegner Awards in Historical Marine Ecology