Google Expands Maps to Include Coral Reefs

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Users of Google Maps, especially those interested in oceanography, are in for a treat. On Tuesday, the technology giant revealed that it had added coral reefs to the popular navigation platform.

Two locations in Hawaii are in the mix, including Maui’s Molokini crater and Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. Users can also see in depth views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Apo Island (a volcanic area located in the Philippines).

“Whether you’re a marine biologist, an avid scuba diver or a landlocked landlubber, we encourage you to dive in and explore the ocean with Google Maps,” commented the top search giant.

To make the initiative possible, Google formed a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey which provided a scientific study of the coral reef locations.

It’s not the first time Google has ventured off course to bring users views not available from the streets. The company previously worked to add indoor locations including museums and art galleries.