Ocean Art

Amazing images from Google Earth, focusing on the ocean.  The colours, patterns and images that can be found are fantastic. An initial post on ‘Earth Art’ is here. You can find most of these on Google Maps too using the coordinates on the pictures.

Sunlight on the ridge

Half looking at this it could be a mountain with snow clinging to its rocky slopes in the shade while the sun catches the ridge.  Not what you’d expect from a tiny blurry patch until you zoom in. This can be found in the English Channel just south of Jersey.

Waves of interference

Imagine the currents that created this – the giant submerged ridges and the deep channels. This is just off the NE coast of Australia in the Coral Sea (not visible on Google Maps).


This is also from Australia – just off Gladstone in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Reminiscent of noctilucent clouds, aptly like sharks teeth.

Fingers in blue

This is a reef east of Nassau in The Bahamas – the contrast of textures drew my eye.

If you liked these, try Searthing.com from which the following video tour is really worth watching (original here, posted by Mick Lazarus):

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11 Responses to Ocean Art

  1. Tina says:

    Quite cool! I never thought to use Google Earth to look for artistic images. 🙂 (and as a geology student it’s fascinating too)

    • Verity Jones says:

      I found myself looking at amazing patterns and colours in the landscape and realised how pleasing they were to the eye, even if they were abstract. The only thing is it is quite addictive – hours can go by, then I remember I had actually been looking for something.

  2. Mack Lazarus says:

    These are gorgeous! And you have an eye for magic, no doubt. It’s funny to hear you talk about hours flyin’ by and next thing you know you are staring at a masterpiece in the Bahamas! I can totally relate. It’s totally relaxing and therapeutic and rewarding when you find that perfect shot. Its like treasure hunting! You’ve got some great images! Searthing.com is lonely without you… ;-]
    Thank you for sharing my lil’ World Tour!


  3. Mack Lazarus says:

    I hear that. We are making a mega slide presentation of our favorite images this month and would like to incorporate some of your images with your permission. With appropriate credits of course.

    • Verity Jones says:

      Thanks – interesting – this should be required viewing for all investingating climate. I wonder how the current stations sit located in relation to the coastal areas where the major cold/warm currents hit.

      I’ve got some more amazing images to post when I can get to it (a few other things requiring attention first).

  4. phlogiston says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Great video and soundtrack (“Perpetual Ocean”), entertaining, informative, thought-provoking.
    It would be nice if they could also do one of the deep currents.

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