OTTAWA, March 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada's Jill Heinerth is a modern-day explorer who ventures deep into Earth's uncharted, underwater caves, places where no humans have gone before. To celebrate World Water Day, Canadian Geographic Education (Can Geo Education) is launching Dive Into the Planet with Jill Heinerth, a Google Earth Voyager story about her expeditions and water conservation work.
"I swim through the veins of Mother Earth, within the lifeblood of the planet," says Heinerth. "I hope that the stories from my adventures illuminate the geography of water and help people realize that everything we do on the surface of the earth will be returned to us to drink."
Heinerth is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and the Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, (RCGS). She is considered one of the world's leading technical divers and has directors like James Cameron calling her to collaborate on difficult underwater shoots. She uses her skills as a filmmaker, photographer and writer to advocate for environmental conservation and to inspire and engage the next generation in geography and exploration.
This Google Earth Voyager story follows her career, from Lake Huron, where she honed her diving skills, to some of our planet's most distant and remote locations, inside Antarctic icebergs and underwater caves in the Bahamas. Spectacular photographs and videos from her underwater dives keep her audiences wanting to learn more. Her story, told through a geographic lens, will help students better appreciate the vast beauty and diversity of ocean landscapes and the mysterious creatures that call these hidden places home.
"Jill Heinerth is a one-of-a-kind explorer who continues to inspire youth around the world to get out and explore, learn about their communities, push their limits and care about the earth," says Ellen Curtis, Director of Education for the RCGS. "This Google Earth Voyager Story will extend the reach of her audience and allow the world to be inspired by one of the world's most skilled and courageous divers as she trailblazes to never-before-seen destinations."
This tale about exploration into our planet's final frontier is the latest addition to Google Earth's Voyager library. Google has been working with prestigious partners, such as NASA, BBC, and now, Can Geo Education, to bring storytelling functionality to its popular Google Earth mapping service. Over the past four years, Google has also supported the refresh of educational materials to ensure they dovetail with current trends in geography teaching. Working with Google is just one of the ways Can Geo Education is helping to develop 21st century geographic skills among Canadians to maintain our nation's reputation as a geography powerhouse.
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SOURCE Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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