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New Google Ocean is "An Amazing Educational Tool," Says Researcher J. Nichols '89

New Google Ocean is "An Amazing Educational Tool," Says Researcher J. Nichols '89

February 3, 2009

J Nichols Waterside.jpgFebruary 3, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "Google Ocean is revolutionary for our research, an amazing educational tool and it's just plain cool, says Wallace J. Nichols, a research associate at California Academy of Sciences and 1989 graduate of DePauw University. It's the next best thing to being in the ocean itself," he adds.

Dr. Nichols is among several individuals -- including Al Gore -- who are quoted in an article on the "new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy. According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Ocean in Google Earth combines underwater terrain and expert content to provide users with an opportunity to explore some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the world. In developing Google Ocean, the company used sonar data from the U.S. Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and others to create a visual representation of the topographic landscape hidden beneath the sea."J Nichols Turtle Swim.jpg

Access the story by at the Web site of the Philippines' ABS-CBN News.

Nichols, who goes by his middle initial, is known for his groundbreaking research on the migration of sea turtles. He was seen in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, The 11th Hour and co-founded Ocean Revolution.

Learn more about J. Nichols in this recent article.