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Submerge Yourself in Google’s Stunning Underwater Street Views

To celebrate World Oceans Day, Google invites us to experience our planet’s aquatic beauty firsthand.

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Despite their covering most of this planet’s surface, and containing nearly all its water, we oftentimes take our oceans for granted. Sure, we admire them from afar, occasionally floating atop them on cruise ships or fishing boats. We might even dip a toe into their waters while spending a day at the beach. By and large, however, the vast majority of us have never strapped on scuba gear and actually spent time submerged in Earth’s watery depths. Regardless of their sheer planetary magnitude, the oceans are, for many of us, a complete unknown.

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Yesterday was World Oceans Day, and in honor of it, Treehugger brought in Sylvia Earle, a marine scientist and 2009 TED Prize recipient whose understanding of the recent oil spill in the Gulf comes from 50 years of, as she describes it, "sloshing around oiled beaches and marshes among dead and dying animals," and "diving under sheets of oily water."

Two weeks ago, Earle, testified before Congress on the ecological effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In her guest post, she addressees human activity that has threatened the ocean long before the Gulf oil spill, or those that preceded it:

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