The new Google Ocean capability in Google Earth 5.0 now provides the ability to ‘clamp’ overlays and features to the sea floor for 3D effect. To start testing this capability, we’ve rendered one of our Hawaii NOAA raster charts in the new format as shown in the image at left.
You can try it out yourself by opening our Island of Hawaii Chart in Google Earth 5.0. If you need to upgrade or download Google Earth, you can get it at http://earth.google.com
To see the 3D ocean floor, you have to zoom ‘below’ the water’s surface or even better, turn of the ‘Water Surface’ in the view menu. We’re currently working to update our EarthNC Raster DVD‘s to allow the ‘Clamped to Sea Floor’ option.