Google Earth now lets you explore the Ocean Floor

Google Earth is one of our favorite toys (time-wasters) here at Switched, and on Monday Google unveiled its updated version 5.0 (beta, of course) of the software. It’s packed with so much new content that we’re amazed we’ve managed to get anything done this week.

One of the features that has everyone “ooo”ing and “ah”ing is the new underwater imagery. Instead of merely flying overhead, you can plunge into the oceanic depths (by zooming in past the surface) and explore mountains and valleys of the sea floor. Links to information from National Geographic, Cousteau Ocean World, Wikipedia, and even animal tracking data can be layered onto these underwater maps. Continue reading

Cops Find Marijuana Field Via Google Earth

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via Thisis50

Swiss police revealed yesterday (January 27) that they discovered a large local marijuana plantation while using Google Earth.

According to The Associated Press, police revealed that they stumbled across the plantation while investigating two farmers suspected of operating a drug ring.

The plantation measured almost two acres and was hidden inside a field of corn.

The plantation’s discovery led to the arrest of 16 people. 1.2 tons of marijuana was seized as well as cash and valuables worth $780,000.

UN & Google Earth Team Up To Save the Globe

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The UN is teaming up with Google Earth to bring a face to the displaced and pinpoint every place of suffering around the globe with hopes to help those in need. Remember those late night commercials urging you to donate $0.50 to save someones’s life? Well, just so you can be certain that the UN means business they want to use Google Earth to show you these places in real time. Ingenious. Or to track the Tibetans, or to track the Olympic flame as it makes it journey to China. Is the crisis in Darfur tugging at your heart and you’re thikning of loosening up the purse strings? Well, thanks to Google Earth you can take a visit to a refuge camp to see the atrocities for yourself and probably make your mind up. Check it:

Click on the United Nations’ “visit a camp” button in Google Earth, for example, and an online depiction of the globe spins and zeroes in on a satellite view of a refugee camp in Chad. There, visitors learn about the refugees who have fled to that country from western Sudan’s Darfur region. Click on a button and users can find out how much money it costs to install, say, a new water source at the camp. Click again and users can donate that amount.

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