In honor of Darwin’s upcoming 200th birthday, I decided to explore the Galapagos on shiny new Google Earth 5.0 with extra fantastic ocean capability. It is SPECTACULAR – stuffed with videos, blogs, cruises, and photos. So here’s how I wasted an hour exploring. I’m not providing links since it’s more fun to find the sweet sweet procrastination important educational materials yourself.
- Zoomed into Puerto Ayora, the main town on the island of Santa Cruz. Checked out the Darwin Station and a photo of Lonesome George. Was hoping to find some historical photos to get a handle on growth, but no luck.
- What’s this red hat symbol? Sacre bleu, a video of Jacques Cousteau diving with marine iguanas in 1971. Bonus sea lion harassment of iguanas!
- Onto the island of Floreana. Read about critically endangered Floreana coral, with pretty photos.
- Anchor symbol – oceanographic goodness! An unusually well-written blog about a Woods Hole geographic expedition (on SIO’s R/V Revelle) to explore sunken volcanoes. They’ve got interviews with a huge cross-section of the scientists and crew.
- Awww, Galapagos penguin chick begging for food off Isla Isabela.
- I wonder what’s underwater? Swim over to Alvarado Ridge. There need to be some hidden easter-egg-type goodies in the Google Earth deep sea.
For a bonus, check out the largest initials on the planet, carved right into the sea floor!!! That’s the glory of supplying the bathymetry data – DTS/SIO is Dr. David T. Sandwell of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.