“Google Earth is one of the Internet search company’s most popular products. The software has been downloaded to half a billion computers.
The oceans project was inadvertently launched by a remark from renowned marine scientist Sylvia Earle to John Hanke, who helped create Google Earth. She loved the program, but she told Hanke that it had left out two-thirds of the planet.
‘She turned to me with an evil grin and said: ‘Why don’t you rename it Google Dirt?’ That kind of got under my skin,’ Hanke recalled. ‘She was right. We had been blind to the ocean.'”