Fire up Google Earth, check the Places box, and find your way to 997 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. There you’ll find a blue ship icon (if not, download this kml file and open it in GE). That tiny vessel represents an expedition into the Gulf of Mexico with the purpose of analyzing how well the region is recovering from the 5 million gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf by British Petroleum.
Track the progress of the expedition by clicking on the ship each day and also follow National Geographic’s News Watch blog for media and journey links in Google Maps.
The project–Mission Blue–began as SEAlliance founder Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize initiative to protect our oceans. As part of an impressive career dedicated to exploring, understanding, and protecting Earth’s waters, Sylvia has spearheaded the Mission Blue project and set out to grab the attention of the world and deliver this simple but powerful message: “No water, no life; no blue, no green.”
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