Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Google Street View maps the Great Barrier Reef

While Apple Maps on iOS 6 are giving you a bad time, Google Maps has given users another reason to cheer. According  to an official Google blogpost, Web users around the world can now access underwater pictures from some parts of the world.You can virtually scuba dive in the world's most beautiful reefs after a group of scientists map the seabed using advanced panoramic cameras.

Google has joined forces with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a scientific project studying the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to add underwater photography to its Street View service.Starting with the Great Barrier Reef, reefs around the world have been captured in high-resolution, 360 degree panoramic photographs and made available on Google Street View for the public to access through 'virtual diving'.

It is hoped the photography will also provide the scientific community with a means of monitoring the effects of pollution and climate change on these sensitive ecosystems. Click here to view Great Barrier Reef or Click!/ocean

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