News Release 09-011
The National Science Foundation Contributes to Newest Version of "Google Earth"
"Google Earth" now incorporates Antarctic research funded by NSF
February 2, 2009
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Google today released the newest version of "Google Earth," which contains a feature called "Ocean in Google Earth" that enables users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore the world's oceans.
"Ocean in Google Earth" includes videos, photos, diagrams and texts that vividly illustrate glacial, geological and ocean processes influencing the behavior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in Antarctica.
The material, which was provided by Stefan Vogel, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researcher from Northern Illinois University, summarizes the results of Vogel's own research and the research of other NSF-funded scientists who focus on subglacial environments, the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet and interactions between this ice sheet and the Earth's ocean and climate system. Many other NSF-funded researchers besides Vogel also contributed to "Ocean in Google Earth."
NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. Vogel's research is funded by NSF's Office of Polar Programs.
Google's announcement of the newest version of Google Earth is posted at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/dive-into-new-google-earth.html. Users may obtain more information, watch a video and download Google Earth at http://
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