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Old 02-23-2012, 09:19 AM
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Google Seaview

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It has already infiltrated the four corners of the globe with its cameras, meticulously building up an online archive of street-level photography.
However, not content with documenting virtually every inch of the planet's landmass, Google is preparing to take its Earth feature to new depths when it ventures into the underwater world.
Soon, users will be able to 'swim' around Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of their own home - simply by going online.

The view from inside the Catlin Seaview camera, which specialist divers have used for months to capture thousands of 360-degree underwater panoramas of the Australian beauty spot:


Specialist divers spent months capturing thousands of 360-degree underwater panoramas of the beauty spot.
They have now stitched 50,000 photographs together to create the Catlin Seaview Survey, a sub-aquatic version of Google Street View.
The groundbreaking project will allow users to go on a virtual dive of up to 100 metres while surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful ocean life.
Initially, users will be able to view the reef on the Catlin Seaview Survey map but, in the future, the whole project is to be integrated into Google Earth by the internet giant's Panoramio tool - giving users a 360-degree view of the World Heritage Site.

Users will have the chance to navigate their own way around the coral reefs, as this mock-up shows:


Users will be able to 'swim' around Australia's Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of their own home:


It is part of the first comprehensive study to document and reveal the composition and health of coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists hope any data gathered from the project will strengthen the understanding of how climate and other environmental changes are affecting eco-sytems like the Great Barrier Reef.
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, from the Global Change institute at The University of Queensland, believes the visual nature of the project will bridge the gap behind scientific knowledge and public awareness.
He said: 'The Catlin Seaview Survey comprises a series of studies which will reveal to the public one of the last frontiers on Earth: the oceans.

The Seaview camera allows users to get up close to the reefs from behind their laptops:



'For the first time in history, we have the technology available to broadcast the findings and expedition through Google.
'Millions of people will be able to experience the life, the science and the magic that exists under the surface of our oceans. This project is very exciting.'
Over the coming years the Survey - carried out by Underwater Earth - intends to expand globally to reveal the oceans in regions of importance all over the world.
http://www.catlinseaviewsurvey.com/

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:46 AM
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That'll be amazing, can't help but think it'll cause a few problems for criminal gangs though, what with all the men "sleepin' with the fishes" and all great story, Kelly

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Thanks Kel! I love it! I can swim in the Great Barrier Reef without worrying about sharks nor getting salt water and sand in my crotch!

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Thanks Kel! I love it! I can swim in the Great Barrier Reef without worrying about sharks nor getting salt water and sand in my crotch!
Or a sea snake up your arse!

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Old 02-23-2012, 02:26 PM
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I wonder if we will get to see pics of Kelly skinny dipping!


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