Google Earth gets underwater layer

A new layer available to users of Google Earth will show underwater landscapes.

Part of the Outreach programme, aimed at giving non-profit and public benefit organisations the resources to reach the "minds and hearts" of the great unwashed, it will focus on the habitats of threatened species.

The new layer will feature video streams, photo galleries and stories from marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world, including the UK.

Natural England has contributed information about 43 marine sites around the coast of England with the hope of raising awareness for the need for underwater conservation.