Google reorganizes the “Ocean” Layer

NewOceanFolderGE.jpgAs Google continues to add more content to the various Layers in Google Earth, they often take time to reorganize things a little bit. This time it’s the “Ocean” layer that’s been somewhat shifted around.
In particular:
• Some items have been moved to the Earth Gallery, including the “Marie Tharp Historical Map”, “MBA: Seafood Watch”, “MCS: Fish to Eat”, “Human Impacts”, “Arctic Sea Ice”, “Sea Surface Temperature” and “Ocean Expeditions”.
• The “ARKive: Endangered Ocean Species” layer is now turned on by default, and shown as purple circles on the globe.
• “Ocean Observations” has been moved to the [Weather] folder.
In all, it’s a nice group of changes. It seems that Google has tried to simplify the [Ocean] layer quite a bit to make it easier for new users to dig in. I’m not sure how many people use the [Earth Gallery] feature, but perhaps this will encourage more people to check it out.
What do you think about these changes?

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Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Good to see more content in the Ocean layers, or anywhere on GE. But, are subjects of layers meant to be intuitive, or is there more information elsewhere?
    Also, has GEB covered other recent changes in layers?

  2. This is great but where is the bathymetry? With all of the great stuff they have put in why have they never put the depth contours? If anyone knows someone at Google Earth team please pass my question on to them.

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