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Tennessee’s Al Gore Gives Rave Review Of New Environmental Tool

February 16, 2009

Google has gone to sea. The just-released version of the powerful Internet search engine, Google 5.0, offers a feature allowing users to see underwater topography and track the effects nature and human activity have on Earth's oceans.

This addition to Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/ lets users view undersea features and access archived satellite images of specific locations to observe how a region has been affected over time by climate change, shipping patterns, fishing practices or other occurences.

Tennessee's Nobel Prize-winning environmentalist Al Gore gives Google Ocean a rave review. Anyone interested in the environment will be fascinated with Google Ocean, Gore says.

"It's exciting to explore the world at your own pace and go as deep into every field of knowledge as you want to."

In addition, Gore says Google Ocean is a powerful teaching tool that he hopes will inspire efforts to protect the planet's oceans.

Environmentalist Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast, agrees. He advises anyone working to improve the environment to use Google Ocean.

"This imagery is so powerful and so simple to use that it really has accelerated and increased our capacity to explain and forecast environmental issues and explain them to the public and policy makers."

Additional information is available from the Science and Public Policy Institute, Nashville, 615-327-2227.



Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN