Google Street View heads underwater to map Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Google in collaboration with the University of Queensland and Underwater Earth to help map Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. The results will be available for all via Google Earth and Google Maps.

Google Street View heads underwater to map Australia's Great Barrier Reef



A special underwater camera capable of working at a depth of 328 feet, will take over 50,000 360-degree panorama shots of the reef and its inhabitants.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef systemcomposed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.



Australia's Great Barrier Reef

via engadget

source Catlin SeaView Survey