WASHINGTON (Feb 2, 2009)—National Geographic has contributed a wide range of content to Ocean in Google Earth, which launches today. Tapping into the knowledge of its explorers and experts and its huge array of multimedia assets, the Society has provided this new version of Google Earth with some of the most comprehensive content from a single source.
“National Geographic has collaborated with Google Earth for several years and has been involved with Ocean in Google Earth since its inception,” said National Geographic Executive Vice President for Mission Programs Terry Garcia. “Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle was one of the driving forces of Ocean in Google Earth. National Geographic has sponsored ocean exploration for the past 75 years, and Ocean in Google Earth will be an important vehicle for showcasing the work of the Society’s scientists and mission programs. Through this compelling platform, National Geographic’s ocean-related content will become even more accessible and will further understanding of this vital part of our planet.”
Material that National Geographic has contributed to Ocean in Google Earth includes 12 videos narrated by Earle, one an introductory video that outlines the importance of the oceans, their role and the need to conserve them; maps and other content from Earle’s “Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas”; a National Geographic magazine geo-quiz layer and articles; videos from the public television series “Wild Chronicles” and from National Geographic’s Web site, nationalgeographic.com; photographs; interactives; and educational materials.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 325 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.